In giving her truly remarkable testimony at the trial of the November 17 suspects, Dora Bakoyianni effectively launched the first political challenge to the terror group and against terrorism in general – a challenge which political parties, especially those of the Left, have so far avoided making. So, it happened to be Bakoyianni – mayor of Athens and an opposition New Democracy deputy whose husband was murdered by N17 – who was the first to vindicate the «defensive Left» – that particular Left which, with its good and its bad sides, constitutes a significant part of our history and an essential factor in our political life. The «Left» of small gangs was something unknown before the appearance of the murderous N17. It is a creation of a paranoid fantasy and a distortion of the Left. It never existed as a political reality and basically was fed by the hubris of those «whose lives were marked by struggles which they undertook in order to defend their left-wing ideas.» Bakoyianni revealed the totalitarian nature of N17 and the naive primitivism of the much-vaunted proclamations which she characterized as «politically illiterate documents oscillating between the far Left and National Socialism» – documents which no one would have noticed if they had not been duly followed by murders. The only reason behind the murders – atrocious though it may be – was the dissemination of «the ideas» formed in the sick minds of a few fanatical, self-proclaimed saviors.