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Editorial

The ‘Neo-Revolutionary’ Alexis Tsipras

It is unlikely that there has ever been a former prime minister and leader of the Official Opposition who has come out in favor of a criminal – a terrorist – and against his country’s institutions of Justice, as Alexis Tsipras is doing. If there is, he certainly does not live in any European or other developed country in the world.

He most likely lives in a country like Maduro’s Venezuela, with which Tsipras has been associated with for years.

Come on. Tsipras’ heart is not bleeding for the life of Dimitris Koufondinas, as anyone could conclude from the former prime minister’s statement: "The life of Dimitris Koufondinas, convicted of terrorism, according to doctors, hangs on a thread. At this last minute, I call on the government to change its stance so that it is not cut. In a state governed by the rule of law, human life is paramount. Even when it comes to convicts who did not respect its paramount nature. Democracy, after all, is resilient when it has laws that apply for all and is not vindictive."

No, his heart is not melting for humanitarian reasons.

Nor does his heart really beat with revolutionary zeal, although he wants to appear as a neo-revolutionary.

Koufondinas presents Tsipras with an opportunity to wash away his ‘capitalist sins’ in the ‘Pool of Siloam.’ He feels dirty from his embraces with capitalists – inside and mainly outside of Greece. He needs an ideological shower after hugging Trump. He is looking for a place to wash his hands after his handshakes with the "crows of the Pentagon."

Koufondinas gives him the opportunity to take his revolutionary ‘medals’ out of storage.

At least for those he is fooling.

What the former Prime Minister is asking for is tragic for the country and it disparages the people.

And to fully comprehend what he is saying and what he is asking for, let us take a brief historical look, since the memories may have faded. Dimitris Koufondinas was a member of the terrorist organization November 17 which operated from 1975-2002.

He played a leading role in the organization’s murders and was arrested in September 2002 – a few weeks after the dismemberment of the gang. He was sentenced to 11 life sentences plus 25 years in prison for his involvement in 11 homicides, explosions, robberies, and general involvement in the organization.

His victims were the following: Nikos Momferatos, Georgios Rousetis, Dimitris Angelopoulos, Alexandros Athanasiadis-Bodosakis, William Nordeen, Pavlos Bakoyannis, Ronald Stewart, Cetin Gorgou, Athanasios Axarlian, Michalis Branopoulos, Omer Sipahioglu, Costis Peratikos, and Stephen Saunders.

Tsipras' intervention is a disgrace and disrespectful to the memory of his victims, and their relatives – has anyone really thought about how those people feel about what he is doing and what he is saying? It is also a direct attack on the institution of Justice and on Democracy itself.

Look: I am one of the last people to wish for the death of any human being for any reason. That is why – and rightly so – Greece, unlike other countries, including the United States, does not have the death penalty.

And yet, by what logic should criminal A be treated differently by the state from criminal B?

By what logic should any criminal be allowed to blackmail the state into the current dilemma: get me out of jail or we will burn down Athens?

The Ministry of Justice and the government should be held responsible in the event that they refused to provide him with medical treatment, even though he is creating his own health problems with the hunger strike he declared. But this is not the case. The opposite is happening.

So, what is the point of the intervention of a former Prime Minister in favor of such a criminal, against judicial officials, and the institutions of the democratic system?

Just to win the title of ‘neo-revolutionary’?

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