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Bomb Kills Aid to Greek Counter-Terrorism Minister, What if they were Muslim?

Oh look a Muslim terrorist has struck again in Europe, this time against the Greek “counter-terrorism” minister…except…wait…this just in…the terrorist was likely from the rebel guerilla movement Revolutionary Struggle. Looks like the 99.6% of terrorist attacks has struck again.

Bomb kills aide to Greek counter-terrorism minister

A bomb blast at the offices of Greece’s public order ministry in Athens has killed a close aide to the minister responsible for counter-terrorism.

Police said the victim had opened a parcel bomb.

The explosion happened only metres away from the office of the minister, Michalis Chryssohoidis, who was unhurt.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said the bombing was a terrorist attack. So far no group has said it was beind the bomb.

‘Cowardly murderers’

The blast was so powerful that some in the heavily guarded building thought it had been struck by an earthquake, the BBC’s Malcolm Brabant in Athens reports.

The victim was later identified as Giorgos Vassilakis, a 50-year-old father of two.

Visibly shaken, Mr Chryssohoidis said he had “lost a valuable and beloved colleague”.

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“We cannot be scared and we cannot be terrorised. These cowardly murderers will be brought to justice.”

The minister added that the parcel had been meant for him.

Mr Papandreou also branded the bombers “cowards”, adding: “They will get the response that they deserve not only from the state but also from all of society. The terrorists will not reach their objective.”

Greek terrorism expert Dr Athanasios Drougas told the BBC that the bomb was probably the work of Revolutionary Struggle, the country’s most deadly active guerilla group.

In recent months police have made major breakthroughs against Revolutionary Struggle and another militant organisation, Conspiracy of Fire.

Dr Drougas said Revolutionary Struggle was sending a message that its was not defeated and was still capable of striking at the heart of the Greek government.

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  • Marx and Spender

    “What happened fifty years ago is not an excuse for terrorism in 2010.”

    But the effects are being felt now. Greece is, maybe ironically, no longer a pillar of democracy it is a corrupt right-wing, xenophobic place with many oppressed minorities and social classes.

    I am not defending violence but “what happened fifty years ago” is the root of the problem. All the troubles don’t leave just because a long time has passed.

    “There are many ways to protest and express yourself. Renounce violent protest. Follow the path instead of Gandhi, King, and Mandela.”

    While I agree a lot with non-violent protests it doesn’t always work, Gandhi, King and Mandela were active when the systems that controlled their countries were falling down and many were either questioning the order or couldn’t afford to keep the current system going.

    In many cases it is a sad fact but you cannot use non-violence as a means to revolution, in Tsarist Russia that was tried but didn’t work (and though Stalinism came about and was indeed horrendous that brief era was nothing compared to Imperial Russia), in Cuba non-violent protest didn’t work, nor in many colonies of the Spanish, French and British Empires and any empire for that matter.

    What if the slaves under Spartacus decided to use “non-violent protest”? That wouldn’t have got them as far as they did.

    So while non-violence is admirable and preferable it doesn’t work in all places and times.

    Please don’t take this as a support of any organisation that kills civilians to instill terror, but at the same time I want to make it clear that I am not against all non-violent revolutionaries if their cause and situation makes it a necessity.

  • TYO

    What happened fifty years ago is not an excuse for terrorism in 2010. There are many ways to protest and express yourself. Renounce violent protest. Follow the path instead of Gandhi, King, and Mandela.

  • Dan

    Maybe if the U.S. didn’t go out and support the brutal Greek junta in the late 1960s, Greece wouldn’t be experiencing leftist terrorism as a result. This is purely a byproduct of American meddling by supporting Giorgios Papadoupolos.

  • Greece has a history of troubles with communist terrorist groups – November 17 had a 27 year run…and it would not be surprising if communist terrorism was again a problem.

  • Biz

    Another senseless death in a world that seems to spinning out of control with hate and violence.

    May God have mercy on the soul of this man and all of ours as well.

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  • mindy1

    To the man killed RIP 🙁 to the people who did this.. may you rot.

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