Keep the memory of Panayotis Blahakos, Hector Yallopsos, and Christodoulos Karathanasis alive. These fine men died in service to their country.
The politicians in Athens did not for a second think of the words of General George Patton when thinking about their strategy for resolving the crisis around Imia: "The objective of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his". When will Hellenes follow this logic?
The analysis of the Imia crisis offered by Hellas.org offers the explanation that the reason why we failed to win. The crisis was handled as a political not a military one. Of course, war and politics are intertwined, but the Hellenic government is composed of a heap of politicians that do not have the will for war. The Hellenes of the past two decades have been brainwashed into accepting tha twar is wrong no matter what. NO. War is a neccesary evil that allows a country to maintain its sovreignty.
In my opinion, there was a better strategy that could have been followed. Instead of sending the fleet over to the island, the politicans should have sent a high ranking Hellenic Orthodox priest to bless the island and raise a cross. Within a few days a church should have been built on the island.Of course, such actions should have begun in 1994 Hellas should have gone and built churches on all the small islands near Turkey so that claims of so called grey zones would be more difficult.
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