OPINION

Hitting the mark

Greek society has shown great patience and perseverance during crucial and pivotal times in the past.

The murder of a young man by a supporter of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party shocked Greek society and reminded everyone of just how easy it is for the country to slide toward the abyss.

The fatal stabbing of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas was condemned by all and even the country’s political leadership tried to appease the situation.

It’s impressive to observe how isolated those who attempted to take advantage of the murder for their own political ends have become.

The efforts of those who sought a repeat of the events that followed the death of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos in Exarchia in December 2008 failed, as did those who promoted a dead end and dangerous polarization in the country’s political landscape.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras hit the mark Thursday with his calm and clear televised message which signaled the state’s decision to stop tolerating the activities of political criminal groups.