"Let's not forget the Morea Massacre of Greece against the Turks"

Greece
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 9:27 GMT
Kaymakçı, President of the Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, said, "Greek media is distorting history regarding the Turkish War of Independence."
"Let's not forget the Morea Massacre of Greece against the Turks"

Kaymakçı, President of the Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association, said, "Greek media is distorting history regarding the Turkish War of Independence."

Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association President Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kaymakçı, in his written statement, stated that the Greek media portrayed the Turkish War of Independence as the "Asia Minor Disaster" and accused the Turks and the Republic of Türkiye of committing genocide.

However, he stated that history shows the exact opposite, that is, the massacres perpetrated by the Greeks against the Turks, and that these massacres were experienced with the Mora Massacre, which was initiated by the Greek rebellion. Dr. Kaymakçı said, "The Mora Turks suffered a great massacre 201 years ago on September 23, 1821. Approximately 40 thousand Turkish people, elderly, men, women and children, were killed by their neighbors the Greeks within a few weeks. This massacre was carried out ruthlessly and without hesitation," he said.

Referring to the movie "Dear İzmir" in its statement, Kaymakçı said, "The crime of covering up all kinds of atrocities committed by the Greek armies, the remnants of the invading Greek army and the collaborator Greeks having to leave İzmir on September 9, 1922, was tried to be conveyed to the Turks," said Kaymakçı.

Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks Association President Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kaymakçı's statement subject is as follows:

“LET'S NOT FORGET THE MORA MASSACRE WHICH IMPLEMENTED AGAINST THE TURKS ON 23 SEPTEMBER 1821, GREECE

Remembering and knowing the past is necessary so that it does not happen again.

Today, the Greek media distort history.

The 100th anniversary of the Turkish War of Independence is portrayed as the "Asia Minor Disaster" and the Turks and the Republic of Türkiye are accused of committing genocide. For example, in the movie "Dear İzmir", which denigrates Türkiye and Turkishness, the remnants of the invading Greek army and the collaborator Greeks had to leave İzmir on September 9, 1922, and the guilt of covering up all kinds of atrocities committed by the Greek armies was tried to be conveyed to the Turks.

However, history has witnessed the massacres of the Greeks against the Turks. One of them is the Morea Massacre.

The biggest victims of the Greek independence process were the Mora Turks, who made the Peloponnese their homeland for 362 years and lived here for generations. Turks were subjected to massacres that are rare in that period. As the Europeans admitted, the 1821 revolt soon became a brutal religion-based Turkish-Greek war.

Before the 1821 revolt began, Turks, Greeks and Jews lived together in the Peloponnese. They were producing together and shopping from each other. No Muslim Turk had anticipated that his Greek neighbor would knock on his door to kill him.

However, the imperial powers of the West supported the Greek revolt in order to get a share of the Ottoman Empire's lands.

However, for this purpose, the thesis that the cultural and secular roots of the civilization of Europe originated from Ancient Greece was put forward and accepted. Committees collected money and contributed to the rebellion by sending volunteer groups in many European countries, especially in Britain, and in America. With the Greek revolt, in the first stage, the city of Tripolice in the Peloponnese was besieged by 50-60 thousand Greeks for 5 months. Greek rebels carried out one of the biggest massacres in history on September 23, 1821, 201 years ago in Tripolice. In the attacks that froze the blood of those who witnessed it, almost all of the nearly 40 thousand Turks in the city were brutally killed within 3 days.

When the revolt began, it was estimated that over 90,000 Muslims lived in the Peloponnese. When independence was declared, there was no trace of this population. The survivors, on the other hand, had to leave their homes, lands, memories, ancestral graves, in short, their homeland, where they had lived for generations, and migrate from the Peloponnese.

According to eyewitnesses; During the revolt of 1821, hunger and death became a natural part of daily life in the Peloponnese. Not only the Turks but also the Jews in the region had their share of this brutal slaughter.

The massacre against the Turks during the 1821 Revolt was distorted and reflected in the public opinion of the Western imperial countries. The reports sent outside of Greece were written in accordance with the ideals of the Greeks, since they were prepared by enlightened romantics living in Athens who did not participate in the war. In these reports, contrary to the real truth, it was written that the Turks were slaughtering. While the European public condemned the Turks, they did not know that it was the Greeks who barbarized and started the massacre.

On the other hand, foreign sources about the murders and massacres committed by the Greeks against the Turks in the Peloponnese began to be destroyed one by one from the libraries of America, France, Germany and England in the following years.

One of the works that are tried to be destroyed is the author McCarthy's book "Death and Exile".

In McCarthy's book, the nationalist slogan of the uprising poured out from the mouth of Germanos, Bishop of Balyabadra; “Peace to the Christians! Respect the consuls! Death to the Turks!” He wrote that he had a speech.

Another was penned by David Howarth. Howarth watched the revolution of 1821 on the spot, and by examining the books, articles and diaries written by British, Italian, French, German officers and journalists after their return to their countries, he reflected the massacre of the Turks in the Peloponnese in an exemplary way.

Scottish Colonel Thomas Gordon wanted these horrific and shameful events to be known forever: “In two days, not a single living thing was left in the city where tens of thousands of Turks lived. Most of them were killed by having their heads, arms and legs cut off,” he said.

Later, the Greeks occupied Western Anatolia by making them use themselves as rams under the auspices of the imperial states and caused the death of hundreds of thousands of Turks.

They fled by burning Anatolia. Afterwards, they carried out a complete genocide in Cyprus. Today, they are committing a cultural genocide against the Turks of Western Thrace and the Turks of Rhodes and Kos.

Let's not forget the Morea Massacre by Greece against the Turks. It is necessary to look at the Turkish-Greek relations in terms of these realities.

In this context, our call to the Greek people is as follows: “Try to live together in peace with Türkiye and Turks in the Aegean and Mediterranean. 

Remember the Atatürk and Venizelos Friendship Period, the Turkish people who opened their arms to you during the great famine and civil war. Remember the Salvation Ship. Do not be a pawn in the struggle of great powers, say no to colonization. Accept the Turkish cultural identity of the Turks of Western Thrace and the Turks of Rhodes and Kos.”

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