Antonis H. Diamataris – Publisher/Editor of The National Herald
Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos is visiting Boston for a few days. In addition to attending meetings, he will speak at an event sponsored by the Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where retired Admiral James Stavridis is the Dean.
Avramopoulos maintains close ties with Greek-Americans from all walks of life. He also has relatives who immigrated to the U.S. During these difficult days for Greece, the words spoken by by Avramopoulos are different. They are exactly what this country needs. They are prudent speeches. Measured speeches. The are speeches made by a farsighted Greek.
In an interview that was published in the Greek Edition of The National Herald – see the November 9-10 weekend edition – he talked about difficult issues with his customary care and composure. Every word chosen from his rich vocabulary was selected with care.
For example, he said: “The fact that a businessman with patriotic sensibilities appeared who donated fuel [for the parade on the national holiday] I consider to be an especially positive thing during these difficult times – there is still national sensitivity. Do not forget that much in our country was built thanks to the generosity of great and important personages of a bygone era and we are proud of them, and it is important that those acts still inspire acts of national benefaction.”
Patriotic sensitivity…national benefaction.
The speech he delivered in Parliament during the recent debate on a vote of confidence in the government was also judicious, during a debate that was unusually acerbic. It was a sensible speech, one of the few that reflected the seriousness of the circumstances:
He said to the major opposition party SYRIZA which brought the censure motion: “I urge you with a sincere disposition, to reconsider your choices, so that together we can ensure the political stability and calm which are so necessary in this country during these difficult times … politicians bear a large part of the responsibility for the growing wave of distrust of citizens towards the political system, from which, of course, SYRIZA is not exempt.”
Pan Metron Ariston – All things in good measure. We have heard it so many times, but how many of us act upon it? Measured words resound more loudly, and have a greater impact and influence in the world than pyrotechnics in verbal battles.
So, as the country struggles to emerge from the economic hurricane, it needs such voices of moderation and responsibility. They are necessary for stability. And surely, such a voice is that of Dimitris Avramopoulos.