Patriotism

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The speech Theodorakis made on Sunday 4 February 2018 has been categorised by Syriza as nationalism. A pertinent lie. Throwing with mud seems for this party the only way to justify their own standpoint in the Macedonia case. That standpoint is utterly dangerous for the future of Greece, is neglecting and humiliating the history of Greece, is humiliating the Macedonians, humiliating all Greeks. Syriza politicians prove not to be aware of that. Theodorakis mentioned the Greek government, without naming explicitly the name Syriza, but the context and the knowledge of the situation of the present, is clear: he spoke about Syriza. This was courageous, highly needed and fair from out of the total view on the dramatic situation in Greece. This is not nationalism, this is love for Greece, about millions of details more than nationalism ever can reach.

The term nationalism is a political term, and yes, within the context of Greece and Europe, EU, Mikis Theodorakis has indeed a nationalist view. However, on February 4 Mikis Theodorakis spoke as a patriot. Patriotism is not the same as nationalism and within the developments of a unifying Europe patriotism is a must, the only way to keep the differences, and the own identity of each citizen, within the general agreements of a European government, the EU. Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission, writes about this in this tweet. Within the daily offensive behaviour of Greece’s neighbour, Greece should not wish to stand alone. In a more wider geographical view on Europe and it’s neighbours it is also a must to be united.

EU has been mentioned as well in Theodorakis’ speech, but now with fair criticism. Speaking as a patriot and keeping high what is sane for Greece, the Greek people, he stayed within all what is related with patriotism.

Patriotism, by Francisco Pérez del Valle (Madrid) This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Spain license. Source: Wikimedia

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Chilean song “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido”.
English: “United people will never be defeated”.
The music of the song was composed by Sergio Ortega and the text written by Quilapayún. The song was composed and recorded in June 1973.
Conductor: Mikis Theodorakis
Song performed: Quilapayún & Petros Pandis
Televisión Española 1981.

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