Saturday, 2 November 2013

Golden Dawn, hysteria, hatred and two inevitable murders

It is no surprise that the hysteria and hatred directed at Golden Dawn, the attempt to categorise it as a criminal organisation and demonise and humiliate its members, in a country that has for forty years tolerated left-wing brutality and violence, in which recent calls for the ‘hanging of fascists’ were deemed legitimate, was going to result in the incident yesterday in Athens that saw leftist terrorists shoot to death two Golden Dawn supporters and seriously injure another. 

What nauseating hypocrisy that all those politicians and journalists who were last month jumping for joy at the arrest and incarceration of leading Golden Dawn figures, creating an atmosphere of loathing, polarisation and dehumanisation, now have the audacity to plead for national unity and calm. Last month’s state crackdown on Golden Dawn on trumped up charges designed to drive it from the political scene was never going to succeed so long as the reasons for Golden Dawn’s emergence remained unaddressed and now, with this predictable attack by leftist terrorists on Golden Dawn, we have a scenario where Golden Dawn, rather than being shown up for what it is – a party with little to contribute to the regeneration of Greece – is again dominating the political limelight, from which it will be able to enhance its public appeal by portraying itself as a victim of a corrupt and dishonest system.


Pelasgos said...

The abettors of this tragedy are the anti-Hellenic state and the anti-Hellenic media.

JessyQue said...

A tip of the hat to HellenicAntidote

One minor point of contention

"a party with little to contribute to the regeneration of Greece"


Then again putting a stop to the wholesale rape of Greece that is currently underway; pursuing government corruption and corporate malfeasance, making public officials accountable; combating illegal immigration; cleaning up public spaces; and reducing crime are no trivial matters for most Greeks.

These things most assuredly Golden Dawn will do

Sure these things may not constitute a "regeneration of Greece" as you put it but for many - perhaps even most Greeks - they constitute a good start as far as "contributions" go --> and far more than any other party is evidently willing to do.

John Akritas said...

I don't disagree with you regarding the importance of the issues you mention for GD and for Greeks generally; but I was thinking what Greece needs first and foremost is a competitive, liberal, outward-looking European economy – including close cooperation with Israel over energy – and I don't see how GD's state corporatist and Protocols of the Elders of Zion outlook will do much in this direction.

JessyQue said...


Indeed. I just can't see how a competitive, liberal, outward-looking economy can be achieved while the issues I raised fester on.

The house is burning.

->foreign domination of national sovereignty
-->an inflexible currency
-->increasing national debt
-->fraudulent econometrics and economic reporting
-->political incompetence and uncountable officials
-->theft and diversion of public funds
-->neglect of and misappropriation of military funds
-->failure to prosecute government corruption and corporate maleficence
-->ex-officio law suits of whistle blowers and other persona non grata
-->constitutional transgressions
-->illegal surveillance and para police tactics
-->political witch hunts and imprisonments
-->whitewashing and complicit media
-->massive pay cuts and unemployment
-->suffocating taxes energy rates and regulations
-->runaway impoverishment and poverty
-->skyrocketing crime
-->loss of savings, benefits and social security
-->waves of foreclosures and bankruptcies
-->slashed health and public services
-->invading hordes of illegals
-->obliterated public spaces and neglected infrastructure
-->worker and public servant strikes
-->street protest and riots
-->4500 and climbing suicides
-->factional murders
-->and a partridge in a pear tree

To be clear, the sick system of corruption created and maintained by Pasok and ND throughout the decades continues today under the ND/Pasok government. To expect these fiends to fix Greece is sadly beyond my comprehension.

I have come to the same simple conclusion a large and growing number of Greeks have come to:

That this never-ending ND/Pasok game of exchange of favors and political cover for crimes committed and crimes to come MUST come to an end.

As for Israel. Greeks and Jews have been friends for thousands of years. I believe that friendship will survive - even the Golden Dawn.

Right now, fire needs to be put out and the arsonists stopped.


Pelasgos said...

Why does Israel have to be the sole option of the Greeks? There are other players in the area as well. Our economic choices should complement our geopolitical interests. As for liberalism? Sorry, no, just no. Neither in its social form or its economic form. It's a bankrupt philosophy which greatly responsible for our modern cultural decay. Doesn't mean I'm not for a mixed economy, though.

John Akritas said...

Which other players in the Eastern Med region do you have in mind?

Hermes said...

John, what you think of Glafkos Clerides' legacy?

John Akritas said...

There was lot of hyperbole in the aftermath of Clerides’ death, which I suspect had less to do with his political accomplishments and more to do with pre-economic crisis nostalgia and his engaging ‘zivania and ambelopoulia’ personality.

I’m more of a Makarios and Papadopoulos man. Clerides was too conciliatory towards the Turks, and particularly Denktash. In 1967, Denktash was arrested illegally trying to enter Cyprus from Turkey. Papadopoulos argued that Denktash should be killed, but Makarios listened to Clerides who wanted Denktash released so as not to aggravate intercommunal tensions. Clerides never understood the fanaticism of Denktash and the Turks on the island and that no matter how much goodwill showed them, it would make no difference to their aim, born of Pan-Turkism, of partitioning the island. His support for the Annan plan also has to be held against him. Still, no doubt he was a Greek patriot, that he loved Greece, and his intentions were always honest.