I'd like to pay tribute to one of the greatest unsung patriotic Hellenes of the last 200 years. A great man who put service of his nation and its people before everything else. Thanks Mr Lalas.
Intelligence gathering is a game that is played by enemies and allies alike. I am not surprised in the slightest that the Greek government used Steven Lalas to collect useful intelligence and then abandoned him when he was caught. They didn't even have the decency to take care of his family now living in Kavala. Jonathan Pollard was an American who spied for another "ally," Israel and was eventually caught. In his case, the Israeli government has gone out of its way, unsuccessfully I might add, to obtain his release.
Most Americans of Greek descent, that I know, are proud of our shared heritage. We are also proud of being Americans and cognizant of our responsibilities. Although we may not always agree with American foreign policy, we are not about to abandon or betray the country that we are beholden to for our freedoms and our very lives. That would be a complete abdication of something that is the very essence of Greekness: philotimo.
Steven Lalas is a tragic figure. He thought he was doing the right thing. That doesn't change the fact that he is a traitor. He got what he deserved.