Greece's Reservations Aren't All That Illogical

Re: Macedonia Name Dispute May Threaten NATO Enlargement

To the Editor:

There are many reasons why Greece has reservations over FYROM's constitutional name and the use of the name "Macedonia."

I won't go into the history factor because I see that you take this situation very lightly and argue in a seemingly logical fashion that the name issue is irrational.

In your arguments the use of the name Macedonia won't even measure up to name licensing, e.g., McDonald's, which is a trademark and can be used only by permission but instead the name Macedonia is free for use by anybody. So why not call FYROM, France or Peru? (I guess that would we ridiculous right?)

For Greeks, Macedonia represents a part of Greek history. What is left geographically is the land, of which a large area in Greece is also called Macedonia.

So why allow the monopoly of this name by a neighboring country so lightly?

Furthermore, we have witnessed historical symbols of Macedonia found on Greek soil in Greek script taken as state symbols of FYROM in the past—without them even having asked for any permission. Or, even maps of that state including the part of Greek Macedonian territory.

So, the reservations on the Greek side aren't that illogical after all.

Themistoklis Toumpoulidis
The Hague, Netherlands, March 17, 2008