OPINION

Sign of a helpless state

Greek state institutions were exposed to a whole new level of degradation and humiliation on Thursday, when a group of protesters stormed the Defense Ministry in Athens, breaking all sorts of laws and violating the security of the country?s most safely guarded ministries.

The head of the national defence general staff appeared before the protesting crowd, asking them through a megaphone to vacate the ministry?s premises, only to have insults hurled at him.

Thursday?s events cast the Greek republic as a state in dissolution, a state whose institutions are being torn apart.

What came across from Thursday?s events is that the state is in an unguarded and powerless position.

Still, none of our political leaders or those among the leadership of the armed forces saw fit to tender their resignation over this fiasco. There is nothing more telling of the collapse of a state than when the people serving it cannot rise to the challenges of a difficult situation.