- Published on Saturday, 23 June 2012 16:24
- Written by Jorgos Papadakis
Childhood dream comes true for Antonis Samaras. He will finally rule Greece, even when the country is in ruins. Samaras is an old fashioned politician, a product of a failed political system responsible for bringing the country to its knees.
During the most critical moments for Greece, its citizens elected the worst Prime Minister that any country could have elected. It isn't Samaras' nationalistic and anti-Macedonian stances that are worrying. Nor are his negatory views to anything that's new. Worrying are Samaras' proposals during the last two months in regards to saving his country and kick starting the economy.
Samaras won the elections by gambling with Greeks fear on the unavoidable return of the drachma and speculating with Europe's tolerance towards Greece. Neither one of these depends on Samaras.
Everyone hoped a stable Government would be formed which includes three political parties, PASOK and the Democratic left. But this is Greece. The smaller two parties preferred to keep "clean hands" and provided a very small number of Ministers, typically University professors at a specific age. The goal was crystal clear. Minimal involvement in the Government means minimal responsibility and maximum freedom to attack and blame Samaras for everything that will and would happen at a later stage.
The price for this mistake would be paid by Greece's citizens, not Samaras. Greece's PM had just realized his childhood dream to govern Greece. His father too was a member of Parliament for 25 years. His father paved the way so his son would one day follow in his footsteps. Just like in a monarchy.
To top it all off Antonis Samaras is a hardcore nationalist whose statement in the 1990's were on the border of lunacy.
Samaras' first "success" was reinstatiting very expensive and useless state experiment called the Ministry for Macedonia and Thrace. This ministry was formed for party officials who failed to enter Government and of course to spread anti-Macedonian and anti-Turkish sentiment among the populace.
When Papandreou shut down the Ministry for Macedonia and Thrace back in 2009 in order to save money, Samaras went on the attack and announced he would reinstate it the day he is elected. Already done! Among the thousands of issues, this was the first priority for Samaras, which shocked German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Where does Samaras stand on the name dispute?
Being the original creator of the name dispute and personally involved in bribing SDSM officials in Macedonia, Samaras has not changed his views on the name dispite since 1992 which are insulting not just for Macedonia, but the international community.
It is no secret Samaras grew up influenced by stories of his ultra radical grand mother Penelope Delta, reading books such as "The secrets of the Swamp" in which Greek patriots are fighting to 'free' Aegean Macedonia from its citizens, the Macedonians and Turks (which of course are identified as Bulgarians). Macedonian revolutionaries are described as ruthless criminals while their leader Apostol Petkov as the devil.
Therefore, it is not surprising at all that since entering politics Antonis became and remained a fervent anti-Macedonian during his entire career. Surrounded by ultranationalists as advisors to his political party and Government, publicly supported by neofascists elements in Voridis and Georgiadis, Samaras will now be involved in the name dispute at the same time holding his thumbs Greece doesn't disintegrate.
The fact, of course is that Greece is closer and closer to the abyss each day. In similar situation back in 1941 when the Germans entered Athens, his grand mother took her own life. What will Samaras do when angry Greeks enter his office furious because of his inability to lead the country?