Xrysi Avgi Are Dangerous Haters - Opinion
I've just finished watching an interview with new Greek MP and member of extreme right-wing party Xrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) Ilias Kassidiaris on Sky News with journalist Nikos Evangelatos. I failed to hear anything positive from his twitching mouth, and have come to the conclusion that he is a dangerous hater full of anger towards the world.
He is disguising his rampant hatred behind patriotism and his 'love' for Greece and its culture, but what he's really saying is that he hates immigrants, he hates the euro, he hates the democratic system, he hates other MPs and he hates - above all - communists. He saved his most vicious attack for the spokesman of the communist party, who called into the programme.
Yes, he tried to pretend that he thinks that a Pakistani is not lower than a Greek, but it was painfully transparent that he was just trying to pay lipservice to political correctness because he immediately qualified that by saying that Greece has a long cultural history that nobody can improve on or beat.
What's even more amazing is that he actually admires Hitler, and said he was a 'historic figure' who will be judged by history. Nobody in Greece today cares whether Hitler used ovens and gas to murder millions of people, he said, dismissing one of the greatest crimes against humanity with breathtaking arrogance.
Greece should return to the drachma when it is productive again, he said, because Greece doesn't need anyone, or anything. One could actually see his face twitching like some demented psychotic in the psychiatric ward.
This writer sincerely hopes that in Greece's next elections that the extreme right and left wing fringe parties - the lunatic fringe - lose their seats in the Hellenic Parliament. The Hellenic Republic fought too hard for its independence and democratic system to allow it to be taken over by the haters. No matter what trials the Greek people are going through with their economic problems, they deserve better than being taken back to any form of fascism; left or right.
This is also a key time for the EU to show its dedication to its original principles of economic cooperation as a means to prevent political extremism and the terrible destruction wrought on societies suffering from poverty and depression. Back in the day, the EU was formed to prevent anything like World War II from happening again by creating productive, economically successful economies. Well, this is it, the proving ground. Greece is dangerously close to the same circumstances that existed in Germany in the 1930's. High unemployment, weak economic situation, high debt and a radical front that is determined to take advantage.
The EU has more to prove than its raison d'etre. It also has to prove that it is powerful enough to help its own member states survive the wider sovereign debt crisis without going under. If anyone thinks that the extreme right or left wings would have had any chance of entering the Hellenic Parliament five years ago, they would be wrong. It is the desperate economic situation that is creating the circumstances allowing the lunatic fringe to have a platform for their delusional ramblings.
It is a clear warning, that as much as the EU could create its economic utopia, it could also destroy it by turning its back on Greece.
Note: Fascism is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek rejuvenation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people in national identity by suprapersonal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood through a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through discipline, indoctrination, physical education, and eugenics. Fascism seeks to purify the nation of foreign influences that are deemed to be causing degeneration of the nation or of not fitting into the national culture. Fascists have commonly presented themselves as politically syncretic—opposing firm association with any section of the left-right spectrum, considering it inadequate to describe their beliefs, and being critical of the left, right, and centre. However, fascism's goal to promote the rule of people deemed innately superior while seeking to purge society of people deemed innately inferior is a prominent far-right stance. (Wikipedia).
Editor's note: extremism and intolerance takes many forms, from the right wing to the left wing, and this publication opposes all extreme forms of politics.
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