OPINION

A popular reaction?

No, it does not suffice for our political parties to unanimously condemn the hooded demonstrators who staged a rally in support of the November 17 terrorist organization last week. No prosecutor’s ruling could eradicate or even dilute the distress caused by the atrocious slogan «Bakoyiannis – Your blood is not enough.» No additional legislation can avert attacks on journalists and newspapers nor protect our country against a renewed pro-terrorism backlash. What is really needed is a dynamic social reaction, the energetic expression of a popular counter-cry which would isolate and wither the parasitic outgrowths of terrorism. But the responsibility for igniting this (excessively delayed) reaction from the people lies with our political, spiritual and social leaders. And it is not just their responsibility, it is their obligation. Because for 27 years these leaders have either ignored, belittled or tolerated the phenomenon of terrorism as an inevitable scourge on society Starting with our political parties, the Left should shoulder most of the responsibility for initiating a popular condemnation of terrorism. But political rights do not just apply to the individual, they apply to society too. They are not the reserve of those summoned to answer to justice but also of those who fall victim to unlawful activities. Particularly when the criminal activities of certain individuals or groups threaten to harm our society as a whole, the guardians of our political rights should not hesitate to use their powers to intervene for the common good…