In my last conversation with Idyli, we were discussing the impact of the fascist movement and its influence over 17 Noembri. I asked Idyli, “On November 17th, 1973 how did Greek university students start the revolt against fascism? Was it a large scale revolt?”

Idyli responded by stating, “The revolt against fascism was a huge event and we still honour it. The fascist period in Greece was terrible. People were starving and had no freedom or rights of any kind. At one point, the university students locked themselves in the university and openly took a position against all the terrible things happening. And that is how the revolution started and finally ended in the fall of fascism.”

It was interesting to hear Idyli’s depiction of domestic terrorism. We agreed that people are too quick to forget that “terrorist” acts are generally tied to religious, social, or political motivations. 17 Noembri sought to influence the current political climate through the use of fascism at any costs. The irony here is that these individuals claimed that they were furthering Greece’s prosperity at the expense of the citizens they claimed they were protecting. I informed Idyli that in the United States, organizations such as 17 Noembri are practically unheard of. The United States is too concerned with its own interests and its geographical isolation doesn’t help.