In Dangerous Situations Politicians Must be Like Chameleons

By Con George-Kotzabasis

In crisis conditions with ever diminishing political and economic options, no politician worth his salt would lock himself in a position that would deprive him of the resiliency and elbow room to move from an untenable situation. For this reason, it is a gross political error on the part of Mr Kouvelis, the leader of the Democratic Left in Greece, to reject in advance any new form of a “labour reserve” formulated by the Finance Ministry, on the basis that the previous one, as articulated by the Pasok government, failed abjectly. More importantly when no other options are available to reach the “magic” number of 11.5 billion which is the sine qua non for re-negotiating the Memorandum that is so critical for the survival of Greece.

In dangerous situations for their countries, politicians must be like “chameleons” that must not lose their ability to change colour if they are to survive. For the sake of Greece Mr Kouvelis must also not lose the ability to change colour.

Who Has the Right to Declare War?

Reply by Con George-Kotzabasis to:

Now to Say Never Again

By George Williams

On Line Opinion June 18, 2008

 Professor Williams with the typical lawyer’s chicanery and the arrogance of historical and political ignorance argues that Parliamentary approval should be the prerequisite for the declaration of war. To do so however is to deprive the sagacious right of statesmen to make the decision for war and give it instead to the “swirl”, to use Paul Keating’s word describing his colleagues in the Senate, of mediocre politicians.

War being an instrument of last resort is not made by a lightly populist decision, as Williams implies, but by a well –informed resolute and wise leadership that leads its people to war as an absolute necessity when a nation is threatened or attacked by a deadly irreconcilable enemy.

Williams’ proposal is neither intellectually and historically wise, nor does it have the depth, prudence, and firmness of statesmanship. It’s instead the proposal of an unreconstructed political wimp pontificating from his left-leaning academic chair and echoing the constant refrain of the illusionist pacifists of “No to War”, as if the world was and is a loving circle of holding hands.

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