Monday December 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
13o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
For faith and country

By Pantelis Boukalas

Testifying to an Athens prosecutor will not suffice for Panayiotis Baltakos, now a regular citizen, to settle all of his scores. Provided, that is, that a leading party official such as himself can be relegated to the ranks of a regular citizen from one minute to the next, losing the prestige of his name and position that had so far opened plenty of doors for him and those close to him.

It goes without saying that if anyone else a true regular citizen and son of yet another regular citizen, not to mention armed forces professional had entered Parliament (hallowed ground and so on) and proceeded to insult and beat people up they would have already paid the price for their macho antics. They would certainly not have had the backing of ministers who suddenly discovered new sensibilities and an understanding for the filial sentiment, essentially vindicating their behavior. Nor would the fact that their thuggery was aimed at other thugs act as an alibi.

The former cabinet secretary, a familiar, old problem, as deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos belatedly acknowledged (the persuasiveness of the latters statements are inversely proportional to his increasingly narcissistic compulsiveness), and his heart-to-heart chat with defendant Ilias Kasidiaris, left him seriously exposed. He exposed himself to regular people, to saints, to God himself, if one considers as he himself insisted, that he was telling one lie after the next on purpose sitting beneath his private collection of religious icons. According to Baltakos he overstepped the boundaries of religion in his effort to defend the homeland. Given a voice, those icons could tell a lot of stories.

Of course how much and how well this fan of Spartan Crypteia, who allegedly acted in full secrecy, believes is strictly his own business. Ditto for his choice of icons to cover the wall of his parliamentary office, as well as whether this was dictated by his image-making strategy. This is strictly a matter between him and his confessor. Ultimately it concerns God and the day of judgement when it finally comes. What concerns society is what he believed in politically and how well. On the one hand he identifies the party with the country, for no particular reason, while acting outside of democracy and its institutions on the other.

Baltakoss religious beliefs are of interest when they become part of the game of politics, when used as a weapon for the exercise of secular power. Which is what happened in this case. In this way, belief in country, religion and family led Baltakos to commit a sin, primarily exposing him to his partys leader and premier, who had chosen him for a crucial position based on the faith (not the religious one) he had known shown him over the years.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday April 9, 2014 (00:53)  
Crisis of confidence will come back again and again, says Thomas Piketty
Who lost Greece
Snubbing the moderates
The big picture
Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday presented a compromise solution to end a political stalemate that looks likely to send Greece to early general elections in about a month's time. Spe...
Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
The government over the weekend appeared to backpedal on proposed amendments widely seen as compromising legislation protecting Greek forests as well as Plaka, Athenss old quarter. The bill...
Inside News
Political saga is harming liquidity
Greece is likely to hold snap elections in early February, extending the period of political uncertainty for another month-and-a-half, if not more. This will have economic consequences, perh...
Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
The first major opening of the domestic hydrocarbon market happens to have coincided with the unexpected and rapid decline in global oil prices. This has raised concerns in the Energy Minist...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Special day for Abidal, lucky one for PAOK
PAOK scraped through its Livadia challenge beating Levadiakos to remain on top of the Super League for Christmas, one point ahead of Olympiakos that enjoyed a great game at Kalloni and offer...
BASKETBALL
Explosive Barca unfazed by Panathinaikos, bomb scare
Panathinaikos lost 80-67 at home to Barcelona on Friday in a rather meaningless game at the end of the first group stage of the Euroleague, but the encounter will be remembered for the bomb ...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Special day for Abidal, lucky one for PAOK
2. Political saga is harming liquidity
3. Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
4. Tax exemptions deprive state budget of over 3.5 bln euros
5. Teiresias to track letters of guarantee
6. Agenda
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
2. Who lost Greece
3. Crisis of confidence will come back again and again, says Thomas Piketty
4. Snubbing the moderates
5. Agenda
6. Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
Today
This Week
1. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
2. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
3. Europe's drama in Greece needs final act to avoid tragedy
4. High stakes
5. On the edge but not gutless
6. Girl, aged 11, gives birth on Crete
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.