BIG Greek Lie 9

BIG Greek Lie 9 - Macedonia is Greek

(Many Modern Greeks believe Macedonia belongs to Greece)

By Risto Stefov

[NOTE: Our apologies to the Greek people if they find these articles offensive. Our objective here is NOT to create tension between the Macedonian and Greek people but rather to highlight the problem that exists within the Greek State and its institutions. As long as the Greek State denies our existence as Macedonians with rights and privileges, we will continue to publish these types of articles.]

Some of my readers are asking; Is Macedonia really Greek? By Macedonia they mean the Republic of Macedonia.

Is Macedonia Greek or not?

Before 1913 there was one Macedonia, the one and only 100% Macedonia. Now according to the Greeks there is a smaller Macedonia, 51% of the original Macedonia known as "Makedonia". Again, according to the Greeks, there is no other Macedonia.

So my readers ask; if Macedonia was 100% in 1913 and 51% of Macedonia was taken by the Greeks then what happened to the other 49% of Macedonia? Did it vanish?

What my clear thinking and logical readers are saying is that if you cut Macedonia into three pieces, the pieces are still Macedonia, just as if you cut an apple into three pieces it is still an apple, three pieces of the same apple! In other words, three pieces of Macedonia is still Macedonia! Now if you wish to identify each piece individually then you can call them A, B and C. If A is called Macedonia what should B and C be called? According to the Greeks however, if A is called Macedonia then B and C cannot be called Macedonia!

So back to the original question! Is Macedonia Greek?

My readers are having a few problems with the above:

1. If "Macedonia is Greek" then all of the original Macedonia must also be Greek. So why aren't the Greeks making claims to all of Macedonia. (Is it because they are signatories to the 1913 Treaty of Bucharest and have agreed not to make claims to the other 49% of Macedonia? Why would Greece sign such an agreement if all of Macedonia was Greek? Why indeed! Is it because Macedonia is NOT Greek?)

2. Clearly if Macedonia is divided into three parts then all three parts would still be called Macedonia. Right? If the Greeks choose to call their part Makedonia, to identify it as "a part of Macedonia that belongs to Greece", then shouldn't the other partners, 1913 Treaty of Bucharest signatories, have the right to call their part of Macedonia whatever they want? Isn't the Republic of Macedonia part of the original Macedonia? Why do the Greeks make it sound as if it isn't?

The Greeks claim the name Macedonia is historically Greek but in reality look what they have done over the years:

1. When Macedonia was first divided in 1913 and Greece annexed 51% of it, the Greeks called it the "New Territories".

2. In 1935 they renamed their 51% to "Northern Greece".

3. Then as Yugoslavia started to disintegrate and the REAL Macedonians were about to declare their independence, Greece again in 1988 renamed their 51% "Makedonia", claiming it to be the ONLY Macedonia in existence and historically belonging to Greece! Didn't Greece just annex 51% of Macedonia in 1913? What "historically" are they talking about?

Greece had its chance to call its northern province "Makedonia" from 1913 to 1989 but chose not to. Why? Why did Greece choose to call it "Makedonia" only after the REAL Macedonians started calling their own state Republic of Macedonia?

Worst yet, why is Greece objecting to the real Macedonians calling their State Republic of Macedonia?

How can the Greeks have a Macedonia and the Macedonians can't? Is this some sort of Greek logic that only the Greeks can understand?

My readers still want to know (from the Greeks);

1. Since the Republic of Macedonia was part of the original Macedonia why are the Greeks objecting to it being called Republic of Macedonia?

2. How can Macedonia be historically Greek and not Macedonian? Didn't the Greeks invade, partition and annex Macedonia? Didn't they take 51% of it by force from the Macedonians?

3. When will they (the Greek State) come to their senses and stop making fools of themselves?

The Truth:

The truth is Macedonia was never historically Greek. Macedonia was forcefully invaded, occupied and partitioned by Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria during the 1912, 1913 Balkan Wars. After signing the 1913 Treaty of Bucharest, 51% of Macedonia was given to Greece, 36% was given to Serbia and 13% was given to Bulgaria. This was done against the wishes of the Macedonian people who, since Macedonia's occupation and partition, have fought for their rights. Macedonians fought for their rights during World War II and during the Greek Civil War. While the part of Macedonia under Serbian/Yugoslav control won its freedom and was declared a People's Republic of Macedonia in 1945 under the Yugoslav federation, the parts under Greek and Bulgarian control remained occupied and its people are without even the most basic human rights.

Greece is refusing to recognize the existence of a Macedonia beyond its own borders to hide the fact that;

1. Macedonia was partitioned by force i.e. its armies fought to gain control.

2. Greece is holding 51% of Macedonian lands that don't belong to it.

3. Greece has exiled hundreds of thousands of ethnic Macedonians, including the refugee children and will not allow them to return.

4. Greece has illegally expropriated properties belonging to Macedonians for which no compensation was made.

5. Greece has committed atrocities against the Macedonian civilian population during the 1912, 1913 Balkans Wars and during the 1946 to 1949 Greek Civil War and does not want to world to know about them.

6. Greece is refusing to recognize an indigenous Macedonian minority living within its borders.

Here is a history lesson for the Greeks:

1. The ancient Macedonians defeated the ancient Greeks at Chaeronea in 338 BC and subjugated them and they never recovered. Their largest City States, including Athens, were occupied by Macedonian garrisons until 197 BC when they were freed and re-occupied by the Romans. The ancient Greeks never set foot on Macedonian soil!

2. Since their defeat in 338 BC the ancient Greeks, including Sparta, were politically subordinate to the Macedonians and for over 140 years were under Macedonian control.

So historically speaking which is more correct, "Macedonia is Greek" or Greece is Macedonian?

The truth unfortunately matters not for the Greeks when it doesn't serve their interests!

You can contact the author at rstefov@hotmail.com

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