GREECE: A Victory Without Triumph

Caramanlis wins, but Papandreou comes on strong

"So we Greeks have been from ancient times: we are skillful at making idols, not that we may worship them, but that we may have the pleasure of destroying them. "

—Constantino Caramanlis, Paris

1972

After the collapse of the military junta and his dramatic return from exile in Paris, Caramanlis won the 1974 Greek elections by a landslide. On the night of that victory, the streets of Athens spilled over with crowds of worshipful supporters cheering and waving flags. Three thousand diehard followers shouted "Caramanlis!...

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