To the Editor:
Reading the editorial by Mr. Antonis Diamataris in The National Herald, entitled ‘What I Would Have Said at the AHEPA Convention,’ when he was asked to introduce the Prime Minister of Greece at the AHEPA Convention and would have liked to say more, I completely agree with what he writes. But I would ask you to allow me to add two more very serious facts that Mr. Diamataris left out.
The first is that with the fact that we left Greece, after the war and later on, we were many thousands, we gave work to those who were left behind, firstly, and secondly, the support was and is still coming from us to Greece which, of course, is a great help. And let me give you an example. Two years ago the church in our village of Moussata in Kefalonia, Saint Nicholas, needed some repairs which neither the few inhabitants nor the diocese could do then. So they asked for the help of the villagers living in America. We held a fundraiser, raised the money we needed, and made the repair with our help, even at this time.
The second is that during the years of the Revolution and after, Greece was disintegrated, there was no state, no law, no beginning, and the Greeks at that time all fought the Turks, but they all fought each other as well. So then in this mess, a Greek from abroad, a Greek from us, the great Kapodistrias, was just able to create the beginning of a state. The Greeks themselves killed him because he made them a state, but Kapodistrias was a Greek from abroad, terribly successful. A Greek who put Greece above everything else and went to Greece to help her and the Greeks killed him. Thank you very much.