The unknown fallout

(“Kathimerini”, 24 September, 2001)

Greece’s unreserved support for the American nation as expressed by Prime Minister Costas Simitis was inevitable. Being an integral part of the family of liberal, Western democracies, Greece could not possibly have remained neutral in a war declared by the forces of obscurantism, not only on the USA but also on freedom and democracy per se.

The nascent anti-terrorist campaign will bring sweeping changes to the Balkan periphery. The revelations about Osama bin Laden’s links with Albanian irredentism and Bosnian Muslim extremism will affect the situation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia. In the meantime, Turkey’s NATO support against Islamic fundamentalism will bring the military and political establishment of Greece’s neighbor into confrontation with its domestic political Islamic forces. The outcome of this confrontation will largely determine Turkey’s European prospects.

Greek foreign policy will have to carefully weigh its hopes and possible dangers stemming from the collateral effects of the international anti-terrorist struggle in the Balkans and develop any necessary initiatives. "War is the father of all things," Heraclitus said. It is just that no one knows, in advance, what exactly will be born...


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