Opponent war sides: They both stink

TV was broadcasting “Eleni” last night. This is a movie based on the biography of a Greek-American, depicting very accurately the Civil War in Greece at the end of the ’40s. Unfortunately, the Greek Civil War (Communists vs “Fascists”) is a huge taboo in Greece, maybe even bigger than the matter of the ex-King (school’s history books are very sketchy on either information because until recently people involved in that war were still pulling strings in the Greek political scene). IMDb is full of angry comments from Greeks who didn’t like how harshly the movie was portaying the Greek communists of the time, claiming that it’s pure Western Propaganda (it ain’t btw). In fact, as far as I know, I don’t think that this movie was ever broadcasted in Greek TV.

But the reason I write this blog post is not because I want to open any old wounds, neither to take sides, but to show that in a war, both sides can be equally bad. When I was studying in Corfu in 1991 I was renting a room off an old lady. She used to tell me stories some times. Apparently her brother had joined Colonel Zervas in the Civil War and they were fighting the Communists. All her family had sided with Zervas. He slept at her house, she even cooked food for him. Well, that was until the next day Zervas gave the order to kill all children in the local orphanage (usually children between Greek women and Italian soldiers during the WWII a few years earlier). Since then, she lost all hope to “liberators” and politicians.

My family had fought against the communists too back then. But as I have said many times, in politics things are never black and white. This is why I personally never trust anyone and I make my own mind. Learn to think for yourselves to find true liberation.

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mikesum32 wrote on September 13th, 2006 at 9:01 AM PST:

Where did they go ? I looked on IMDB.

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Eugenia wrote on September 13th, 2006 at 9:08 AM PST:

They are still there. Just click the “Check for other user comments” link.

mikesum32 wrote on September 13th, 2006 at 10:05 AM PST:

Oh, I thought you meant on the message board

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