Miles Copeland, the American CIA agent, served in Egypt in the 1960s. He lived through the overthrow of the corrupt king of Egypt Farouk, the army’s revolution…
Miles Copeland, the American CIA agent, served in Egypt in the 1960s. He lived through the overthrow of the corrupt king of Egypt Farouk, the army’s revolution with General Naguib as a front man and its true leader colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser and he also wrote a revealing book in 1970, The Game of Nations.
The description of the conspiracy to overthrow Farouk and Nasser’s eventual domination, who later turned against the CIA that helped him rise to power, is not that important anymore. It has been about half a century since then and CIA agents have committed a lot worse.
What is perhaps noteworthy in the America agent’s description is the way with which Nasser dealt with popular anger a few years later when the Egyptians divd out that the revolution had not improved their life.
Nasser understood that he could not fulfill his promises towards the Egyptian people for prosperity and growth. So since there was (NO) money there, he looked into political solutions. So he brought up political or national problems, such as the Suez Canal (from which he expelled the French and British) or major projects and changes that would change life in Egypt. That is why he announced the Aswan Dam.
Similar attempts have been made in Greece too. All things considered, the anti-NATO sloganeering and diversion of the Acheloos river are profoundly similar to Nasser’s political practices.
These days the Greek cannot afford to be overswept by irresponsible political slogans that will sway voters one way or the other. Nobody believes that there will be a government that will take Greece from the European Union.
What the voter is concerned about is how he pays his bills, if he will have a job tomorrow, if he can improve the quality of his life, if his children will have a better education.
No party appears to have specific answers to these (and many more) problems .
Once more, voters are called to take their pick from pot luck. Until when?
Stavros P. Psycharis
Originally published in the Sunday print edition