Saturday, 28 September 2013

Golden Dawn dangers

The arrest this morning of the leader of Greece's Golden Dawn party may well precipitate the resignation of the party's MPs and a new election in Greece - but this may not aid the fascist party. The Golden Dawn is an authoritarian organisation with a high but secret membership amongst the police, security service and army; anti-libertarian and aiming for an all-powerful state, they would close down blogs, control the press and throw free-thinkers such as you and I in concentration camps.

Like a Hydra, the party has powerful members everywhere. Recently, a very senior Greek intelligence officer from the EYP (the National Intelligence Service), the equivalent of a Director in our own security organisations, was removed from post, and both the Greek Police and Army are suspected of training and arming GD members of a shadow paramilitary wing.  

It looks as though the Greek government are acting now either because they fear a GD coup to be imminent (or have been told so by the intelligence agencies of other EU nations and the US) or are acting now because they can't trust their domestic intelligence agencies or police to be loyal and useful. For Greeks there are now two choices - the same two choices that faced Germans in the 1930s. If they support GD whilst the party is still small and semi-legal, they could accrue protection and favouritism in the event of its seizing power; if they oppose it now, they could end up buried in a shallow grave in an olive grove. 

Whilst the Leader of GD may now be facing a short period in Greece's equivalent of Landsberg Prison, the question is how far GD members have penetrated the key offices and departments of state - and whether this is too far to be reversed. 

10 comments:

Nicholas Parsons said...

Fascist government is always deplorable, but in this case should we worry? A GD coup would have the immediate effect of having Greece ejected both from the EU and the Euro, with consequences probably beneficial for this country. Pity about the Greeks - but we come first.

TrT said...

Prevent Facism, jail political leaders you dont like

G. Tingey said...

I think otherwise ... looks like an overblown case of Kray syndrome.
The GD bastards got above themselves & killed someone, in public, in front of witnesses.
So now, the authorities have a really valid excuse to clean them out, before it's too late.
Today's morning news said that police & intelligence officers have also been arrested ....

TrT said...

Reichstag fire?

Ian Hills said...

As long as British citizens and their interests aren't involved, we should leave well alone. A position Uncle Sam would do well to take, too.

Lee said...

Golden Dawn...'aiming for an all-powerful state, they would close down blogs, control the press and throw free-thinkers such as you and I in concentration camps.'

You mean just like the Greek government has actually done, with democratically-elected GD politians shackled and manhandled into court by balaclava-wearing police/military officers?

nisakiman said...

Although I don't sympathise with the political aims of GD, I can understand how they have risen in the Greek political maelstrom. If you had known Athens twenty years ago, you wouldn't recognise the city now.

Greece, pre-EU, had always had barely a trickle of immigrants, and they were swiftly absorbed into Greek society. But over the past decade or so, that trickle has become a flood. Central Athens, once the safest of cities, has developed 'no-go' areas, controlled by violent and villainous (obviously not all, but enough to make a difference) Iraqi and N African incomers (read thugs), and the Greeks, understandably, don't like it. So when a party like GD canvasses for their votes, promising to make those problems go away, who can blame them for supporting the idea?

However, I think many erstwhile GD supporters will have been repulsed by the killing of the musician Pavlos Fyssas, whatever his political affiliations, and the Greek government would have been better to leave GD to eat itself from the inside out. All they have achieved with the recent arrests is to make martyrs of the leaders, which will harden resolve within the GD ranks.

As usual, all the Greek problems of today seem to have originated in Brussels. Quelle suprise.

Delphius1 said...

Is Golden Dawn the Greek equivalent of Common Purpose? Sounds very much like it... high-ranking members in positions of power across the government, Police and Military...

Just wondered.

Bobo said...

If I was Greek, I'd be voting GD.

G. Tingey said...

See also
THIS comment
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100238597/greece-is-looking-like-weimar-germany/
From Dan Hannan in the Torygraph ....