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During his blisteringly successful election campaign that carried him to the White House, President Obama made clear that "As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide" (see this , for example).

This past week, and before the ink was dry on the copy of a largely symbolic measure, passed narrowly 23-22, by the House Foreign Affairs Committee recommending that the systematic extermination of the Armenian people by the Young Turks between 1915 and 1923 is recognized as genocide, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that, "the Obama administration strongly opposes the resolution that was passed by only one vote in the House committee, and we'll work very hard to make sure it does not go to the House floor".

In recent weeks, many in Greece have come to experience a sense of foreboding not usually present in the otherwise little occupied Greek "national psyche."

Between apocalyptic remarks by the prime minister and his principal ministers, and dire headlines in an almost universally hostile international press, all revolving around the country's crippling budget crisis, Greeks nowadays spend most of their waking hours discussing various alternatives of collapse, especially since their procrastinating and bewildered government has all but announced formally that the game is lost and it is time for "every man for himself" (no mention of 'every woman for herself' though, if this carries any significance at all).

Greece's economic crisis is so intense as to have pushed all other matters off the day's agenda -- at least, in the eyes of a sensationalist media, populist politicians, and a public not accustomed to confronting difficult questions touching upon the country's security and longer term integrity. Unfortunately, though, these questions won't go away despite all the wishful thinking and the inane television fare. In the generalized state of confusion that now reigns supreme in this country, issues like internal security have no takers and sit, unclaimed, in the Lost-and-Found department, waiting for unspecified rescuers.

It is almost ironic that the "cradle of democracy," Greece, and its critical budget crisis, have come lately to threaten the cohesion of the most ambitious post-WW2 "democratic" experiment in the form of the European communities, presently the European Union.

In recent weeks, Greece has won yet another unenviable record: her deepening financial troubles have become the "virus" that threatens the stability of the euro.

With financial markets delivering a hammering to Greek government bonds over speculation that Greece might be the first Eurozone country to default, and with Greece's bigger European partners in feverish consultations over the possibility of a bailout, the immediate future of the Greek economy is under a thickening cloud.

Every time we hear of a "new beginning" in Greek-Turkish relations, we shudder.

Right now, we're again faced with a "new beginning," propelled by an invitation of the Turkish prime minister to his Greek opposite for direct talks between Greece and Turkey.

Indeed, PM Tayyip Erdogan has quickly announced he plans to visit Greece "soon" -- with his Greek "hosts" exchanging furtive glances over this unfolding "peace attack" that they cannot parry without being accused by our perennial "allies" of "refusing dialogue."


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