Evan Williams reports from Athens. He is now based in London as an independent TV journalist and documentary filmmaker working regularly as a reporter for Channel 4’s weekly international current affairs program Unreported World. Here’s his report on Golden Dawn (hat tip, Into the Fire).
Listen to it all, because Yikes! Plenty of fascist iconography. This part of the William’s report caught my eye; Golden Dawn is running a soup kitchen:
WILLIAMS: This aid is race-based. Party officals check papers to make sure food only goes to those who can prove they’re Greek. Once approved the people are given potatoes, eggs, bread, and lamb. All Greek, of course.
Williams interviews a Golden Dawn MP [I can’t transcribe the name], who says:
Golden down wants to become and will become like the Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is in effect a second government which helps even the poorest ctizen. And over time, Golden Dawn will do more for our fellow citizens.
Here’s Ian Welsh on Hezbollah:
Americans, Israelis and the West in general are used to assuming they’ll win the surveillance, electronic and information war. But Hezbollah defeated or drew Israel in all three. A network of tunnels, pre-prepared camouflage positions for missile launchers and the use of civilian clothes when troops were traveling made aerial surveillance and satellites virtually useless. The Israelis were never able to shut down the majority of Hezbollah’s missile launchers, any more than they’ve been able to find those of the Palestinians.
Hezbollah’s army is a secret one. It’s like an old fashioned spy agency.
It doesn’t exist.
If you’re enrolled in it, you don’t tell anyone. The war was rife with stories of soldiers being killed, and their families finding out for the first time that they were even in Hezbollah’s army. This, of course, is to make it impossible to use assassination, mostly aerial assassination, to take out key leaders.
Hezbollah is an almost perfect Darwinian organization. Israel uses informants and assassination? Great – we’ll keep even our membership secret. Israel uses air power? We’ll dig tunnels and set up aerial blinds for our missile launchers. Israel doesn’t like taking heavy infantry casualties – fine then, we’ll set up overlapping bunkers which simply cannot be cleared without taking losses.
Hezbollah has created the new model army, and a new model state. Call it the Hidden Army. An army that blends in with the population, that moves only when it cannot be seen, that sets up in the expectation of surveillance. An army that knows all the high tech games, and spent the time to figure out how to nullify them. It sounds like a guerilla army, and it is, but it’s also much more: it’s an army capable of engaging in strategic warfare and an army capable of engaging in full on attrition defense warfare against Israeli main battle forces. It’s hard to overstate how impressive this is.
It’s an unrecognized State with a hidden army. Oh, the UN says there’s a Lebanese government with authority over Hezbollah. But everyone knows that the real government in southern Lebanon is Hezbollah. They pick up the garbage, they give out the pensions, heck, they have their own phone network. Crazy. When the Lebanese “government” picks a fight with Hezbollah, Hezbollah wins.
We are going to see many more of these unrecognized governments, with their hidden armies. Why? Because they work, and they work very well, both at providing government services to a population, and at frustrating much larger, more powerful and expensive conventional armies. As official governments fail, less recognized ones will pick up the pieces. And they will look to Lebanon to see how to do it, survive, and even win. …
Hezbollah might be the most interesting and successful neo-state in the world. Anyone who isn’t studying it is a fool.
Clearly, the Golden Dawn leadership aren’t fools.
Do the European leaders laugh alone in the night at what they’re creating with their austerity programs?