By Loucas Charalambous
I THINK no rational person would disagree that the prevailing situation lately is that of a madhouse. I fear, in fact, I may be doing an injustice to madhouses. More order and rationality are found in lunatic asylums than in dominant behaviour of our politicians. They have literally gone mad. They open their mouth and utter the most incredible nonsense.
Even President Anastasiades is participating in this festival of political lunacy. The man who has been called on to take the daring – as he correctly refers to them – decisions that could change the fate of this country and its people has been displaying a lack of seriousness. Without anyone asking him, he sets unattainable goals and draws unnecessary red lines which he deletes after a few days, giving the opportunity to the political scoundrels of the rejectionist camp to mock him. He comes out to justify some correct decisions and then cites foolish excuses with which he makes an idiot of himself.
He said he agreed to convene an international conference on January 12 because of the danger of Turkey annexing the north and giving citizenship to 25,000 Turks. Even if this were the truth, such things are not said publicly by a sensible politician. He could have said: ‘Yes, you fools, I who am a serious and responsible person – not an irresponsible demagogue like you lot – am making a correct and responsible decision because I, who was elected by the people instead of you, as their president have a sense of responsibility towards the people. I am thinking of the good of the country while you rascals put your personal and petty party interests above everything.’
On the same wavelength is the blunder-prone foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, who declared that “we will claim the presence of the Cyprus Republic at the conference,” thus giving fuel to the rejectionist’s demagoguery engine. One wonders if there is one sensible person at the presidential palace to tell both of them to shut their mouths.
In the other wing of the madhouse is the hysterical fear that we might by some accident find a way to solve the problem, because if there is a settlement they lose the reason for their existence. For four decades now, they have been building prosperous political careers by doing nothing more than playing the patriots. What would they do without the Cyprus problem?
They have now remembered that the Cyprus Republic must be represented at the Geneva conference. This is their big concern. That the president would be there is not enough for them. They insist that the president of the House or some other official must be present in order to sign on behalf of the republic if the need arises.
At the frontline of the defence of the republic is Diko chief Nicolas Papadopoulos. The only thing that interests him, he says, is saving the Cyprus Republic. The son of Tassos, the man who drafted the despicable Akritas Plan which dissolved the Cyprus Republic through the force of arms in 1963 – has no right to pose today as the defender-in-chief of the republic. I am not suggesting that the sins of the fathers should burden their offspring. But he should at least have felt shame over this ‘achievement’ of his father and accomplices and kept quiet.
Edek chief Marinos Sizopoulos should have felt the same shame and kept quiet, as his political mentor and party founder Dr Vassos Lyssarides also took part militarily in the outrage of 1963, under the guidance of the “invisible leader of the Akritas organisation” – Makarios.
We have on one side Anastasiades and Kasoulides with their gaffes and verbal diarrhoea, and on the other the ruthless demagogues that pose as super-patriots supposedly seeking to save the Cyprus Republic (destroyed by their political ancestors). On the third side stand Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos with their own patriotism and nationalist show-boating. Then there are the visiting armchair warriors from Athens, brought over by Papadopoulos to teach us how to be patriotic. We also have Costis Hadjicostis, the chief ideologue of the rejectionist parties and owner of the Dias media group, who is hysterically demanding a referendum on whether the talks should continue.
And in this madhouse of demagoguery and irresponsibility we expect, at least those of us who have not gone mad yet, a solution to the Cyprus problem. I fear our luck has run out.