Thursday, 14 July 2011

Cyprus National Guard funerals turn political

No signs of the outrage and fury abating in Cyprus following the deaths of 13 National Guardsmen and firefighters on Monday after the confiscated Syro-Iranian arms cache stored on Evangelos Florakis naval base in Mari blew after a brushfire. The anger is aimed at the island’s communist president who, it appears, rather than trust the weapons to German, American or British authorities to dispose of, true to his ‘anti-imperialist’ worldview, preferred not to offend Syria and Iran – leaders in the anti-Western camp, to which Demetris Christofias innately believes Cyprus belongs – and dumped the problem on the National Guard, which repeatedly told its political masters since the weapons were seized in 2009 that the resources provided to it to safely handle the deadly cargo were inadequate.

The anger with the Christofias’ government has taken on a patriotic tone, with Cypriot public opinion seemingly fed up with Christofias’ undermining of the National Guard – which all Cypriot males devote at least two years of their lives to; his indifference to the practical defence of Cyprus; the antiquated ideological motives that inspired him to put relations with Iran and Syria over the advice and safety of National Guard servicemen – the National Guard being, for Christofias and his ilk, a bastion of Hellenism on the island, a reminder of the island’s armed national struggles, which Christofias regards as rooted in ’nationalism’ and ‘chauvinism’; and his constant attacks on Greece’s influence in Cyprus and chipping away at Cypriots’ Greekness, their attachment to Greece and to Hellenism. Thus, the funerals of the fallen had a political character, with strong condemnations of the criminal negligence and incompetence of the Christofias’ government contrasted with the self-sacrifice and dutiful patriotism of the dead, with the son of the Cyprus Navy Chief Andreas Ioannides giving in his funeral oration a stirring defence of Cypriot Hellenism, those who believe in it, serve it and defend it.

Above is Tuesday night’s RIK news report on the funerals of the two most senior officers killed in the conflagration, Captain Andreas Ioannides, commander of the Navy, and Commander Lambros Lambrou, commander of the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base. Ioannides was from Yialousa, the occupied Greek village in the Karpasia peninsula, and Lambrou was from Yialousa’s satellite village of Agia Triada.


Hermes said...

Christofias has to go. And then Papandreou. It is unbelievable we have these two jokers steering the Hellenic ship at one of its most critical junctures.

Here is some more intersting information on Ioannides:

A palikari.

Ardent said...

I was very saddened to hear about the explosion in Cyprus. My condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones.

The reason for writing is that I think that this explosion is very suspicion and to point the finger at Christofias is unsubstantiated and premature.

There are a lot of suspicious circumstances with this case – the explosion went off at 6am in the morning, when the weather is very cool!

The Head of the Cypriot Navy happened to be there and died in the blast.

To me this sounds like a well-organized, pre-mediated detonation, rather than a random blast caused from the heat of the day.

But then I am always suspicious of what the media reports and what they want us to believe. An interesting article that may interest you to read is attached.

John Akritas said...

Papandreou and Christofias are a disgrace, and both are finished. I wouldn't want to bet on who will go first. Christofias increasingly reminds me of those communist leaders from '89 – Ceausescu, Honecker, etc – totally shocked and bewildered that the people don't love them as they thought they did and blaming it all on fascism.