OPINION

JANUARY 11, 1952

IN FAVOR OF IDEA I: Despite a denial by the Plastiras government and by the US Embassy, allied forces in Athens, particularly the Americans, are continuing to show their strong displeasure at some of the government’s actions (…) such as the ongoing investigation against the military association known as «IDEA» and those allegedly responsible for the events of May 31, 1951 (an attempted mutiny to protest at the resignation of Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos from the post of commander in chief). These rumors surfaced once again last night after US Ambassador John Peurifoy visited the palace and had a long talk with the king (Paul). It was reported that the US ambassador drew the attention of the king in his capacity as commander in chief to his fears of a loss of discipline and preparedness among the military after the government’s most recent acts, particularly the investigations into IDEA and those behind the events of May 31. IN FAVOR OF IDEA II: (From an article in Kathimerini) «The trial of the officers allegedly implicated in the mutiny on the night of May 30-31, 1951 should take place. The public should be made aware of the purposes and goals of IDEA that emerged out of the smoke of the bandit war.» This was welcomed as a «step forward» by school owners association president Thanassis Zachopoulos. But he added that it was not enough.