Golden Dawn Hit For Six*

My English-speaking friends have asked me what really happened regarding the Golden Dawn party, the arrest of its leadership on September 28th and what is to follow.

The gist of it lies in two simple and obvious facts.

-Many people in high places felt that enough was enough and that they didn’t have to take any more shit from the Golden Dawn gang.

– The hands of the Government were untied after the murder of an innocent singer six days before and its leadership overcame its wavering attitude –to say the least- and acted swiftly and decisively.

Of course, the action took place at dawn and everyone was taken unawares by the effectiveness and rapidity of the action.

The political effect of the action cannot be overrated. New Democracy, the senior partner in the governing coalition scores some very important points.

-It neutralizes the threat posed a political party that emerged as a shameful and grotesque revival of Nazism in one of the countries that had suffered more than most from it in Europe during the Second World War

-It turns the tables on SYRIZA, the main left-wing party demanding elections and accusing the government of being too soft on Golden Dawn thugs

-It reverses the power relationship in the political spectrum, as it is now the government and not SYRIZA that calls the game

-It restores the good name of Greek democratic traditions at home and abroad.

Most legal and constitutional experts have given their considered judgment, including and especially Nicos Alivizatos, a left-leaning professor of Constitutional Law. Alivizatos thinks that the government acted within its rights and that judgment would soon follow.

Some think that the action could backfire. It could backfire, only if the indictment is based on legal evidence that does not hold water. It appears on most accounts that that is far from being the case, and that it is simply the forlorn hope of those who have politically overplayed their hand so far.

The “Guardian” reporter quotes Mr. Kostas Chrysogonos, who is another professor of Constitutional Law, but also a card-carrying member of SYRIZA. But even he, confined himself to admitting that “it may have been more correct constitutionally to have sought parliament’s approval to lift their political immunity first”. O.K., it may have been.

The good news is that we shall not see pictures like the following which tarnish the very symbols they display.

 

The bad news is a torrent of complaints on the part of sore losers in the political game who were ready to cash-in on the government failure and increasing unease in taking the measures required for restoring national confidence.

On balance, for most people, the good news outweigh the bad news. Besides, there is something inherently comical about sore losers anyway.

D.D.


*:  Cricket expression for the maximum of one shot, scoring six runs. Used for a devastating blow addressed to someone who does not expect it.

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