OPINION

50 Years Ago Today

VENIZELOS – C. KOTZIAS: During a recent ad hoc meeting of the Nikaia municipal council, which for the lack of a quorum turned into a discussion on Nikaia’s participation in Athens’s period of mourning over the sudden death of the city’s mayor, there was an uproar over disparaging statements made about the late mayor by counselor Pandelis Frangopoulos. He insulted Kotzias for having tyrannized Athens and not giving a grave to that great Greek, Eleftherios Venizelos, among other things. Frangopoulos’s lack of respect for the dead angered Nikaia’s left-wing Mayor Dimitris Karakouloukis, who said that whether or not a decision was made to take part in Athens’s mourning period, he himself would go to Kotzias’s funeral. Frangopoulos’s stance also angered counselor C. Kontakos, who told him that he did not have the moral stature to even look at Kotzias, who offered such great services to the nation and to the city of Athens. Of course, it would be premature to say that the traditional geopolitical interpretation of the global balance of power and the corresponding hegemonic policies are history…