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By John Helmer, Moscow
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Cover yourself. When it’s raining, you can’t borrow somebody else’s umbrella for shelter.

In September 1938, the umbrella of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain became the symbol of his foolishness in accepting Adolph Hitler’s terms for the takeover of the Sudetenland, then Czechoslovakia,  as “peace for our time” (lead image, left), then telling the British to “go home and get a nice quiet sleep”.  

The US umbrella which Nikos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, and Kyriacos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece, have applied to borrow, to protect themselves from the terms dictated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan(lead image, right)  isn’t yet as infamous. It’s already just as futile.  For Cypriot and Greek officials to pretend to such folly is a treason before their own people.   

For the Turkish threat to seize the seabed oil and gas resources belonging to Cyprus, and what Cyprus and the European Union have done in response, read this

For the price US officials demand the Hellenes pay for their umbrella, read more.

Left: In Israel on March 21, 2019, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo holds hands with President Anastasiades, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and then-Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Right: In Cyprus on July 29, Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis meets Anastasiades. “Cyprus will have Greece’s and the EU’s support in any rise of tension in the region on energy issues,” Mitsotakis announced

And for today’s Gorilla Radio discussion of the abandonment of self-defence by the Hellenes and by the rest of Europe, listen, starting at Minute 34.

Gorilla Radio is broadcast every Thursday on CFUV 101.9 FM from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The radio station can be heard here.  The Gorilla Radio transcripts are also published by the Pacific Free Press and on the blog.  For Chris Cook’s broadcast archive, click to open.  

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