Greek player Giorgos Katidis just got himself banned for life from the Greek national team after he celebrated a goal with a Nazi salute, he claims he does not know what it means but if he really does not know what this means, why the hell did he do this?
Unfortunately this whole thing is a micro example of what is happening with Greece. The whole thing starts with the impossible, incredible financial situation, one that clearly means that at least one generation of adults in Greece today will not know financial safety – or even mild stability, for their entire lives. Maybe this is the fault of the whole Greek culture/society in the last 20-30 years, but this means very little to those 20-30 year olds that have to watch as their future is wiped out, forged in chains to the too-big-to-ever-end debt to Germany. This young generation did not enjoy the party, but will pay with years of work for it.
So with things going worst the fascists are never too far behind, blaming the Jews, Muslims, Africans and anyone that they can find who is not just like them in the situation, enter Golden Dawn, the Nazi party, and enter symbols that come with the ideas. So some people know they want to have their financial future in their hands (which they are more than entitled to) they know that the golden dawn takes care of Greek – but they do not know that in the end of all this there is one simple idea of humanity getting rid of “lesser humans”.
Back to our soccer player, look at the guy on his side, he is from the same team – he looks stunned, the funny thing is that the guy on the left is only slightly darker skinned to the one doing the salute, the one doing the salute will never pass as a Nazi in the “old country”, his blood is far from being pure.
Here is Greece 2013, about to do a gesture (or worst – acts) that will leave a large part of its own population stunned, and might get it to be banned from all kind of things. Ignorance is dangerous, especially when it serves as a bridge to simple solutions. If Europe continues to turn its back to the young Greeks and leave their future in the dark this will only get worst.