LIMASSOL, Cyprus | Cyprus is a beautiful island, but it has never recovered from the Turkish invasion of 1974.
Turkish troops still control nearly 40 percent of the island — the most fertile and formerly the richest portion.
In the racist habit of assuming low expectations for non-Westerners, European elites do not hold Turkey to the same standards that they do Israel.
We see such hypocrisy when the West stays silent while Muslims butcher each other by the thousands in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Syria.
Only when a Westernized country like Israel inflicts far less injury to Muslims does the West become irate. Apparently, Western Christian Greeks are not the romantic victims that Palestinian Muslims are.
Thousands of Greek refugees lost their homes more recently, in 1974, than did the Palestinians in 1947.
Turkey has far more troops in Northern Cyprus than Israel has in the West Bank.