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Greek Civil War, Turkish Straits Crisis and the Truman Doctrine

There’s a lot going on in this episode in the immediate aftermath of WWII… The commies are looking like they’re going to gain control in Greece and the Soviet Union is trying to reach her tentacles out into Turkey, which would put the communist world at a big strategic advantage in the Middle East.

In this episode we have a mile-high discussion on the Greek Civil War, discuss the strategic importance of the Turkish Straits and how President Truman’s reaction of sending cash laid the foundation for American foreign policy during the Cold War and beyond.

A couple interesting observations –

The story of Greek communist partisans sounds a lot like the stories of communist partisans in SE Asia that we’ll talk about shortly.

…and to really understand the Turkish straits crisis, we have to take into consideration Stalin’s desire to exceed the Czar(s).   In Russia the traditional name for today’s “Istanbul” is “Tsargrad” – city of the Czar.   You know Zozo’s imagination ran wild with that prospect…

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