The word “centers” sounds reassuring, especially when accompanied by the word “hospitality” or “welfare.” What does the automatic mental translator tell us when we hear “hospitality center” or “welfare center”?
Beset by skepticism and suspicion, we Greeks have a habit of blaming each other for everything. We even appear eager to see or imagine evil even in actions that have all the traits to be regarded as benevolent and good.
This time the dreadful reality was not kind enough to offer us the “vehicle” that we have used many times to escape from the truth and our conscience: The villain arrested in the Athens district of Kolonos for repeatedly raping and pimping out a 12-year-old girl is Greek.
While Europe and the whole world are living with the anxiety of a nuclear “accident,” which may be caused by the vindictive revisionism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Greece is living with the anxiety of a another “accident,” which could be caused by the expansionist, Ottoman-inspired revisionism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
‘The weekend sports matches had a different tone than usual. The cold-blooded murder of 19-year-old Alkis Kambanos by a gang of hooligans in Thessaloniki forced athletes and normal fans to be critical of the product they create together, and to write on their shirts and banners Alkis’ last plea: “Please stop hitting me.”