[Marxism] Fwd: Greek games and scenarios — Crooked Timber

Thomas thomasfbarton at earthlink.net
Sat Jan 31 18:26:03 MST 2015


So, we see below that SYRIZA, in order to gain an absolute majority in the Greek Parliament, allied with the far right Independent Greeks party, ANEL, and, for some as yet unknown reason, chose to select Panos Kamenos, ANELs’ leading member, as the cabinet member in charge of the Greek military.

JA writes below “He will have no problem to deal with and be personally accepted by the army officers, including the many golden dawnites among them.”

For those unfamiliar with Golden Dawn, this is from Wikipedia:

“Scholars and media have described it as neo-Nazi and fascist, though the group rejects these labels.  Members have expressed admiration of the former Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas of the 4th of August Regime (1936–1941).  They have also made use of Nazi symbolism, and have praised figures of Nazi Germany in the past.  According to academic sources, the group is racist and xenophobic, while the party’s leader has openly identified it as nationalist and racist.”

Further, JA writes below about the new Defense Minister chosen by SYRIZA to be in charge of the Greek military:

“A hard core nationalist, with his own political vision: a kind of...... permanent Bonapartistic governance!!!”

For those unfamiliar with Bonapartism, this is from Dictionary.com:

“a political system resembling the rules of the Bonapartes, esp Napoleon I and Napoleon III: centralized government by a military dictator, who enjoys popular support given expression in plebiscites”

To sum up, SYRIZA has chosen as the cabinet members heading the Greek Army a politician who “will have no problem to deal with and be personally accepted by the army officers, including the many golden dawnites [neo-Nazis] among them.”

And who is for “centralized government by a military dictator.”

This choice by SYRIZA, as yet unexplained, brings to mind a ship captain whose vessel was taking on water in a storm and in danger of sinking.

The captain ordered the crew to drill holes in the bottom of the ship to let the water out.


-----Original Message-----
>From: ioannis aposperites <aposperites at gmail.com>
>Sent: Jan 28, 2015 3:11 AM
>To: Thomas <thomasfbarton at earthlink.net>, Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Marxism] Fwd: Greek games and scenarios — Crooked Timber
>
>Well Panos Kamenos is the new head of the cabinet of "National Defense". 
>A right wing clown.
>
>A short *ridiculum* vitae :
>Born in 1965 son of Elias BigBigMoney Kamenos he started his political 
>career at New Democracy till 2011 when he refused support to Papademos 
>government, left Samaras and founded the "Independend greeks" party.

A hard core nationalist, with his own political vision: a kind of...... 
>permanent Bonapartistic governance!!! (don't ask me more about) and an 
>homophobic.
>
>He will have no problem to deal with and be personally accepted by the 
>army officers, including the many golden dawnites among them.
>
>JA
>
>




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