EU anticommunism: equating the victims with the aggressors, the heroes with the criminals

Statement of the famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis on the anticommunist Memorandum

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The Council of Europe has decided to change history; to distort it by equating the victims with the aggressors, the heroes with the criminals, the liberators with the conquerors and the communists with the Nazis.

It considers that the biggest enemies of Nazism, ie the communists, are criminals and indeed equal to the Nazis! And it even worries and protests because, although the Hitlerites were condemned by the international community, nothing as such has happened yet with the communists.

For this reason it suggests that this condemnation should take place at the Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 24-27 January.

Meanwhile, it worries because “public awareness of crimes committed by totalitarian communist regimes is very poor”. And also because still “communist parties are legal and active in some countries, even if in some cases they have not distanced themselves from the crimes”.

In other words, the Council of Europe is giving notice of the future persecution of those European communists who have not yet made a recantation like the ones demanded in the past by the henchmen of the Gestapo and the torturers at the camp of Makronisos.

Perhaps tomorrow they shall decide to outlaw the communist parties, half-opening the door for the ghosts of Hitler and Himmler, who, as it is well known, began their careers by outlawing communist parties and by locking up the communists in death camps.

However, in the end, Hitler and Himmler were drowned in the very blood of their victims, those 20 million dead of the communist Soviet Union and so many other hundreds of thousands of communists who gave their lives, as also happened in Greece, by putting themselves at the front line of national resistance movements all across Europe.

In wishing to resurrect methods condemned by history and by the peoples of the world, those gentlemen of the Council of Europe are trailing in the wake of their great brother, the USA, which exterminates entire peoples using Hitler-like methods. This is the case with Iraq, which the US has left in ruins, full of American prisons where thousands of innocent victims are tortured daily in a horrific and brazen manner.

About this great crime against humanity, and about the contemporary Hitlerite torture camp at Guantanamo, the Council of Europe has absolutely nothing to say.

So how can anyone believe that the council members are honestly concerned for human rights when, even within their own home, Europe, they have accepted CIA planes, carrying people deprived of all rights, to unload their passengers and drive them to special prisons in order to be tortured?

Such citizens cannot be prosecutors. At the court of history that one day will pass sentence on the countless crimes committed by their big brother, from Vietnam to Chile and from South America to Iraq, they will be on trial on the count of toleration of, if not collaboration with, those crimes.

Unfortunately today I am obliged to speak more in the name of the dead than in the name of the living. Therefore, in the name of my dead communist comrades, those who suffered at the hands of the Gestapo, in the death camps and in the execution sites in order to defeat Nazism and celebrate liberty, I have but one word to address to those ‘gentlemen’: SHAME!

Athens, 22 December 2005

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