November 1, 2011

It's Probably Nothing

Greece: Military heads "replaced".

Posted by Kate at November 1, 2011 9:48 PM

Theres a coup a comin.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at November 1, 2011 9:55 PM

The Greek people oppose the austerity measures that are necessary to get their country up and running again. It appears they might be running out of options.

It's going to be an interesting decade, and not just in Greece.

Posted by: EBD at November 1, 2011 10:37 PM

I guess Papandreou figures his soldiers may have to fire on some people they wouldn't normally want to open fire at,so he's replacing the commanders with some who WILL take orders,any orders.

The EU may be forced to bail these folks out,lest there be bloodshed.

Posted by: dmorris at November 1, 2011 11:05 PM

I said a quiet "wow" when I read that headline today. This is, to borrow from Churchill "the end of the beginning" I think.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at November 1, 2011 11:07 PM

Incredibly disturbing. Either Papandreau was moving to head off something against him, or is moving to stay in power by...'alternative' means.

Posted by: libertariansaresmarter at November 1, 2011 11:21 PM

Didn't something like this happen in Turkey recently?

Posted by: Black Mamba at November 1, 2011 11:26 PM

I cannot believe that the Greek government can possibly survive the next two weeks. I think we're seeing a "government" imploding. Frankly, military control at this point may be the salvation for Greece...

Posted by: Bruce at November 1, 2011 11:36 PM

I am kind of naive sometimes but could this also be that the military heads have been against the austerity measures and are not the right leaders to defend them?
I meet very few people who can comprehend what is going on around us right now let alone care, we are leaving a worse life for our children than we had but hey, we no longer have to "Imagine" as John Lennon asked us, it is here and does not look so good to me.

Posted by: golfergirl at November 1, 2011 11:48 PM

Oh, oh, visions of Stalin's 1937 purge of the Soviet military officer corp appeared immediately.
This is a bad omen and there is possibly serious bloodshed coming.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at November 2, 2011 12:40 AM

Perhaps the generals refused to move the proceeds of their socialist masters' thievery offshore
to safe havens before the heavy lifting is done by others to permit economic recovery.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at November 2, 2011 1:48 AM

When I saw that headline my first instict was that the government feared a military coup. I could be wrong, but isn't there a tradition of that in Greece. There are other possibilities, but I think that is the most likely. It is important for Greece to maintain a viable armed forces. Unlike Canada they do not live next to the US, they are next to Turkey who is a real threat.

Posted by: minuteman at November 2, 2011 6:20 AM

Sounds extra-constitutional, to me.

Posted by: small c conservative at November 2, 2011 6:36 AM

You know what's great about this? All the Euroliberal bleeding heart sons of beeatches that have written the rules of engagement for Afghanistan will be
A) getting the jackboot in the face real soon, and
B) screaming for blood and vengeance as soon as the first tank hits the street in Athens.

Blood and vengeance, mark my words. And the best part? This is what they've all been working toward since WWII. Tyranny in Europe. Again. Get those trains running on time, baby.

Posted by: The Phantom at November 2, 2011 8:24 AM

Daniel Hannan muses about the Greece crisis and the Eurocrat aversion toward countries practicing democracy.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at November 2, 2011 8:52 AM

The Greek government fears a repeat of history. When the civilian government of Greece screwed up royally, the military stepped in to run things. Then the generals turned power back to the civilians hoping they could get it right next time. This a pre-emptive strike to decapitate any possible coup because the civilian politicians realize they have created the conditions that once again might trigger a military take-over.

Posted by: JMD at November 2, 2011 9:57 AM

Greek memory of the last coup is loaded with negatives. Unless it was done to fix a mess thoroughly out of control it will create a mess thoroughly out of control.

Posted by: Scar at November 2, 2011 9:58 AM

I'm not smart enough to know what the Greek government thinks.

What I know for a fact is I like that there's going to be a referendum on whether Greece should continue in the EU.

Seems like a win-win deal for Papendreou (sp?)

Posted by: set you free at November 2, 2011 11:27 AM

Ah, the life of an accounts-receivable clerk in the Greek army! All billing and coup-ing...

Posted by: ebt at November 2, 2011 4:18 PM

I just love armchair prophets.
"If Greece gets another Slobo, another war in the Balkans is inevitable..."

Between whom? Is Greece under fascism planning to invade someone?

Fact is, the only prospective violence here is internal to Greece when and if government and law and order break down entirely.

Posted by: cgh at November 2, 2011 5:07 PM

I guess Papandreou figures his soldiers may have to fire on some people they wouldn't normally want to open fire at...

To date with the riots, little to no force has been used.
Lack of force to restore order is a political decision and the military loves order above all else, so my guess is that there may have been a coup waiting in the wings because the decision to restore order by force should have been made already.
Replacing the general staff means more riots and more political flacidness.


Posted by: Oz at November 2, 2011 11:26 PM

Not a Blakan war .... it is Turkey ... who believes they can create a new Caliphate .... that is the danger.

Greece is going down the toilet and that is a fact.
The only question is what the resulting consequences will be.

In the meanwhile ..... I want to know who these replacements are and why they were chosen.

Posted by: OMMAG at November 2, 2011 11:50 PM