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December 13, 2011
Re: “Time to let Macedonia play with the big boys”, Full Comment, November 28, 2011,
Metodija A. Koloski and Mark Branov
“A Country Called Macedonia”, November 29, 2011, Met. A. Koloski and Mark Branov
I am writing to you this letter in my capacity as president of the Mount Royal Canadian Chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) to express the dismay and disappointment I felt when I read these hateful propaganda pieces in your newspaper, that I have been subscribing to from its initial publication.
I will not attempt to counter the contents of the articles, as they are full of falsehoods. The authors are desperately trying to re-write the internationally accepted and recorded history of the region completely. They adapt and present the ridiculous thesis of the recent governments of the F.Y.R.O.M. (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) that somehow the southern Slavs and Bulgarians that settled in that region in the 7th century AD were transformed this past century into the descendants of the ancient Greek Macedonians that have been living there for more than 3,000 years. In this manner, they are expropriating another nation’s cultural identity and history, deluding their own citizens and fanning animosity, mistrust and hatred against the neighboring Greeks, Albanians and Bulgarians. It is nothing more than identity theft and a ‘Big Lie’.
By falsifying events in that region of Southeastern Europe and making several hateful and false accusations against Greece, these authors, using a respected newspaper such as The National Post, are aiming to mislead the public and arouse mistrust and hatred against Canadians of Hellenic descent.
AHEPA was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in July 1922 to protect Greek Americans from attacks by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and to fight racial discrimination and bigotry. The first Canadian Chapter of AHEPA was founded in Toronto, Ontario in 1928. Since then, AHEPA Chapters have been established in many cities in Canada - Montreal, Ottawa, Belleville, Windsor, Kitchener, London, Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina and Vancouver. With the time of racial attacks and ethnic discrimination long past, the mission of AHEPA has evolved to promoting Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence.
The hateful writings by Metodija A. Koloski and Mark Branov, which unfortunately and curiously found their way into the pages of your newspaper, could bring us back to unhealthy divisions and ethnic intolerance and recrimination. As a Chapter president of AHEPA, I am asking you to live up to your responsibilities as a respectable newspaper by publicly distancing yourselves from groups that aim to spread lies and hatred through Canada’s media.