January 15, 2007

Traitors and Patriots

One of the main editorials of Phileleftheros on Sunday Jan 14th commented on “what we learned from the recent Ledras events. In particular, we have seen, that for one more time, G/C did not follow the official government policy, they actually sabotaged our positions like good traitors (Πεμπτοφαλαγγίτες). Positions that support the Turkish stance are unjustifiable”.

The argument is that everybody should follow the official government view, namely that the problem in Stravaraland is between the state of Turkey and the state of Cyprus and that therefore the T/C have no substantial role to play in solving the problem. Given that Cyprus is part of the EU and given that Turkey might still want in 15 years to enter the EU, at some point Turkey will give in and accept this view of the world, if not because it is correct, at least out of self-interest.

Now the “traitors” (or "patriots" to take the opposite view) among us, simply said, believe that the above view of the world, and the scenarios that directly follow from it, will only generate more division and conflict on the island and will never achieve any of the stated goals (bizonal, bicommunal federation, with the borders of the Greek state substantially enhanced relative to what they are now). I can go into the reasons for this view but that is not my point here. My point is that branding as traitors all the people that hold a different view from the government reminds me of statist/fascist regimes that did not accept any disagreement from the official view (remember Stalinism and Nazism?) If G/C need to defend themselves against the accusation of treason, simply for holding the opposite view, then how mature are the democratic institutions in Stravaraland? And if, objective as I trust you are, you agree that the current situation generates a strong impression that the democratic institutions are not mature enough, then how can T/C be persuaded to return to the Republic? With what faith can they trust the institutions of a land that holds its own citizens as traitors, simply for holding a perfectly reasonable alternative view of the world?

originally posted by Apodimos Kypreos


Anonymous m said...

Traitor! :)

15 January, 2007 13:22  
Blogger To Hlithio Agrino said...

Cahi En La Trampa... συλλογικώς...

15 January, 2007 16:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Εμεγάλωσα νομίζοντας ότι το 1/3 των ανθρώπων που με περιέβαλλαν ήταν προδότες. Μετά είπαν μου ότι το 1/3 του άλλου 1/3 ήταν τζαι τζείνοι προδότες. ΄Υστερα είπαν μου πως το 1/3 του άλλου 1/3 ήταν τζαι τζείνοι προδότες. Μετά, το δέυτερον τρίτον εξιγηνήκαν που προδότες τζαι γινήκαν πάλε φίλοι. Μετά, το 1/3 των 2/3 της του τελευταίου τρίτου που αναφέρτηκα (τζαι που ήταν οι μόνοι καθαροί αν έχασες τον λοαρκασμόν )εγινήκαν τζαι τζείνοι προδότες τζαι μάλιστα εχρηματιστήκαν που τους αμερικάνους. Αχ και βαχ στραβάραland

16 January, 2007 02:16  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

Ίσως πάντα πρέπει να υπάρχουν 1/3 προδότες σε όλες τις χώρες, σε όλους τους καιρούς, είναι και αυτό μία κάποια λύση...

16 January, 2007 17:08  

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