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by Peter Moskos

June 8, 2012

Golden Schmucks, Violence, Immigrants, and Greece

And the report by Jerusalem Post reporter Gil Shefler, who got beat up by extremists on one end of the spectrum, but isn't sure which.

I'm amused that Gil asks the Greek Nazi party (Golden Dawn) how they differ at all from the German Nazi's of WWII. All the party member can come up with is: "The Nazi's didn't like Greece. We are nationalists who love Greece." That's the only difference?

It bothers me that this group is called, "extreme right" or, as the New York Times so inadequately put it, "Far Right." Well, yes, technically correct. But Golden Dawn is is actually a Nazi Party. Not like the Nazis, but actual Greek Nazis... with messed up swastika and all. 

And here's the Greek Nazi party leader -- an elected member of parliament -- throwing water at a person on a talk show and than slapping another woman. Class act. I hate Greek Nazis.

He is now wanted for arrest on assault charges.

When I lived in Greece, I was amused because the graffiti for "Golden Dawn" -- in Greek, by morphing an "η" into an "α" -- can very easily be changed into "Golden Eggs" (Χρυσή Αυγή becomes Χρυσή Αυγἀ). Good stuff.


Anonymous said...

When did you live in Greece and for how long? What did you do there?

PCM said...

I lived there in two stints in 1992 and 1993 when I took two semesters off college. I took Greek classes and tried to make money selling an English-language summer school program in England. I pounded the hell out of the pavement and ended up selling nothing. Other work was tough to come by as I was an illegal worker and had to complete with my much poorer Albanian brethren.

Oh well, at least I learned Greek.