ElijahJones wrote:It does seem that you have to go way back to find common culture between Turkey and Greece, way, way back like 2000 years. I hope it works out for the best. At any rate one might say symobically that the eastern and western empires have been joined again and that this union predates Ottoman and Byzantine, a union not seen for sixteen centuries. That's symbolically pretty powerful, Rome has risen again.
Greeks, Turks, and in general all balkan peoples share a tremendous shared cultural traditon but this shared tradition is very complex to say the least. The Turks as Ottomans borrowed from Byzantium when they overran it, the Greeks as Romans - citizens of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium, of which Asia Minor, present day asiatic Turkey, was its heartland) borrowed much in turn from the Turks. To this day Greeks colloqually refer to themselves as Romyi, and the Turkish state refers to the few thousand Greeks still living in Turkey, as Rum.
There does exist a degree of popular affection between the two peoples, myself having a number of Turkish friends. However the Turkish state and the Kemalist ideology that holds sway in that country is implacably anti-Greek. Looking through the prism of peak oil one can only shudder at what is in store for my beloved island once the consequences of overshoot become apparent.