”The internal enemy” (article published at Paraskinio 17.01.2015)
”The internal enemy”
The real enemies are within us, so say the sages from Greek antiquity to the present day. The truth may best be demonstrated by the current political reality in France. Astonished French people discovered, after the recent massacres in the country, that the “madmen of Allah”, as they call themselves radical Islamists, are not in other countries, but within their own country. Moreover, they have French citizenship. Guided by an uncontrollable hatred for the country of their birth, these madmen wish to attack at any time. The French prime minister called them internal enemies, and they are such. In Paris, Lyon, Dijon and other cities, these enemies are growing uncontrollably, and threatening democracy, security and the peaceful life of France. This is as if French people no longer need to send their soldiers to external war fronts, now the enemy emerges from inside. And here is where political leaders must be very cautious. They should be very rigid and hard against such threats. It is not possible that slaughterers in Paris to contain terrorist species previously without being monitored by the police. It is not possible to hear Islamic priests lecturing the hatred without being intervened by the French Justice. Our ancestors said so, and that should be applied. The precautious security is required. Repentance is not enough. There are so many young French people from other European countries, who are leaving to join the ranks of Jihad in Iraq and Syria. There are many of them who decapitate hostages. When they return to their countries, they are potential terrorists. Therefore the precautious security of the state cannot function. The role of the Left is an obstacle to such policy. Because, with the logic of tolerance, it endangers the country and its citizens. Mixing it all together indicates inertia in prevention. And such an attitude is fueling extremism of internal enemies, who are hidden in their communities. They interpret the Republic as a weakness. It is time to protect Europe from the inside enemy. And this can be done by the Education, Culture and also by the State prevention.
Professor, artist, poet
Advisor to Mr. Antonis Samaras on culture