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Our “mighty power”

Misfortunes keep piling up as arrogance and impunity rule the day

Andreas Paraschos

Andreas Paraschos

I have said many times that impunity, irresponsibility, and the lack of accountability, have hit hard our ill-fated society in the last half century and I have documented these misfortunes. They included the impunity of the instigators and perpetrators of the 1974 coup as well as war criminals between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the Cyprus Stock Exchange scandal, Helios plane crash, Mari explosion, and the financial haircut.

I was so worried for so many years that the solution of the Cyprus problem was becoming more and more improbable.

In the last decade, as I lived through the tragic experiences of this place, I reached the conclusion that a Cyprus settlement was interwoven with the three ills that are embedded in our opportunistic Cypriot DNA. In fact, this “mighty power” manages to outsmart organizations and individuals with enormous experience in politics, economy and social life all over the planet, including UNSG Antonio Guterres who wrote in his last Cyprus report that “the status quo is no longer sustainable.”

No, Mr Guterres, the status quo is in fact the biggest investment of the political moguls of this troubled country, who are milking the cow as part of a filthy oligarchy in an unholy and tacit agreement with the moguls of justice. These people are above the law and cannot be bothered with authorities or inspections. They walk among dead bodies as a result of crimes that they themselves have instigated, they steal from the hard-earned money of normal folks, and even turn a profit while covering up sneaky bank tricks. These tricks have made them zillionaires even if it meant that they were forcing half the population to remortgage their homes right after salary cuts and financial haircuts.

This 'mighty power' manages to outsmart organizations and individuals with enormous experience, including UNSG Antonio Guterres who says the status quo is no longer sustainable

And now, without showing empathy, they are leading us once again straight into a second disaster, bigger than the Turkish invasion.

President Nicos Anastasiades speaks of a “second invasion” when he refers to the Turkish drillship Fatih some 36 nautical miles off Cyprus. He is talking this way largely to score local political points on the Cyprus issue, which is understandable to a point.

Disy MP Eleni Stavrou, who is also an MEP candidate for the ruling party, rushed to join the President with his “second invasion” reference, apparently in the same way that her father joined the first invasion as EOKA B leader.

Ms Stavrou also wrongly praised Anastasiades’ smear attacks on Akel opposition party for “fishing for Turkish Cypriots votes” by saying the inclusion of a Turkish Cypriot candidate on the Akel ticket in EU elections “will have disastrous consequences in our national struggle.”

I thought the lady ought to be familiar with disastrous consequences, following the aftermath of 1974 with two and a half thousand dead and missing, so maybe she was speaking out to make sure we could avoid similar mistakes. Last January, an online search brought up her photo standing with her father in front of the grave of EOKA B leader Georgios Grivas, with the caption reading: “Digenis has no flesh that can be eaten by soil. He is a high principle! Immortal. Greece – Cyprus – Enosis!”

The ancient Greeks believed it was an act of blasphemy if a person who overestimated his powers, behaved in an offensive and arrogant way towards other people, laws, and especially the gods, in other words those who were setting limits for human behaviour. The offender was attempting to trespass his mortal boundaries in an effort to be equal with the gods, which infuriated them.

In the Greek ancient world people believed that an insult would prompt the gods to do something about it, often by sending Ate to intervene and mess up with the offender’s head. This would lead him to offend even more thus provoking Nemesis, the retributive justice in the form of the wrath of the gods that eventually led to the offender’s downfall.

And here we see impunity evolving into arrogance, and the ultimate mistake shall be worse than the first… invasion.

The article was first published by Kathimerini Cyprus on 12 May 2019

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