Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Greek Fires- Land Speculators in the Frame..?

Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga on Monday rejected theories that the destructive fires that have engulfed Greece and claimed 63 lives in the past days constitute an "asymmetrical threat" and pinned the blame on land policy.
During a press conference, Papariga reported the conclusion of KKE's Political Bureau that the government's attempt to present the tragedy in terms of "new order imperialist dogma of asymmetrical threats" sought to "terrorise the people so as to divert their reaction in the wrong direction, both during the electoral contest and afterward".
Regarding the cause of the fires, she said that these had not arisen suddenly but were created over many years by a series of reactionary laws and measures taken by the governments of the ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK parties.
According to Papariga, the road to the present inferno was opened by a policy that commercialised forests, rewarded land grabbers, undermined prevention and created huge deficits in equipment and facilities for fire-fighting and forest protection services, culminating in the revision of the Constitution and especially article 24 for the protection of forests.
"We are faced with an organised plan, whether this existed beforehand or arose on the way," Papariga claimed, adding that the profits from arson primarily benefited large economic interests whose "appetite is opened by land commercialisation".
She also turned her fire on the government for failing to put up an effective, organised response that might have mitigated the repercussions of the disaster, through prevention and forest protection measures.
Regarding PASOK, she said the main opposition of seeking only to cover up its own responsibility and to benefit from the justified popular displeasure at the polls, while she lambasted the left-wing Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) for "failing to display political autonomy" during the crisis and supporting PASOK.
Listing KKE's proposals for the aftermath of the fires, Papariga called for a full and in-depth listing of the destruction wrought and the areas burnt, without any changes in land use, full compensation to farmers for lost crops and livestock, one year's exemption from insurance contributions and taxes and a freeze on loan payments, full compensation for burnt homes and farm infrastructure, detailed and binding plans for reforestation, free housing for fire victims in nearby hotels, immediate hiring for vacant positions in the fire brigade, forestry services and national health service with permanent rather than seasonal staff and work to limit subsequent damage from erosion, flooding etc.

IS IT REALLY CREDIBLE THAT PEOPLE PAID BY PROPERTY SPECULATORS SET THESE 200+ FIRES DELIBERATELY?....IS IT A REALISTIC ASSESSMENT OR A CONSPIRACY THEORY?? WHAT DO YOU THINK?...HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.....

106 comments:

Charlie Marks said...

Let's be careful how we use the term "conspiracy theory". The suggestion the fires were started by arsonists is a conspiracy theory, and evidence points to a conspiracy. But to what purpose... who knows?

I don't think that property development is that unlikely as a motive, myself.

Renegade Eye said...

There is a history of what is called arson for profit.

The CP officer made sense to me.

Mick Hall said...

I am extremely skeptical about these fires being started by arsonists. The Greek government have clearly been unable to fight the fires adequately, which is due to a lack of public services and co-ordination of firefighters etc. Thus they need a scapegoat, hence the un-named arsonists. The Bush administration tried to blame unnamed rioters and looters in New Orleans to cover up their own shortcomings when it was totally untrue. When a government cries wolf beware.

Lutta continua

Gabriel said...

Whats all this talk about an 'assymetrical threat' about, it seems like the Left have rejected this, but does anyone have the slightest idea what is meant by this in a Greek context? Turkish saboteurs? I recall that in Napoleonic times in Britain French spies were seen in all sorts of guises associated with any calamitous event. On the other hand the scale of fires and the coincidence of the land registration issue, ie all forests will be in state hands and therefore excluded from property development, does suggest some deliberate arson at play here. How it will play in the Greek elections is yet to be seen, I suspect the Left will probably be unwitting beneficiaries? Many thanks to Mick, Renegade, and Charlie for your thought provoking observations....but what is this 'assymetrical threat' stuff??
Gabriel

Renegade Eye said...

See: fire.

Politaholic said...

What's wrong with conspiracy theories exactly? Two things I think:
1. They are sometimes used to explain things beyond their explanatory capactity (as e.g. if the French Revolution or the sexual revolution in the 1960's were seen as the result of a conspiracy).
2. Sometimes - often - they are offered without any real evidence to support them (e.g. the claim that Princess Di was murdered by Prince Phillip is unsupported by any evidence so far as I can see).

But conspiracies clearly take place. No one doubts that the OSS conspired to assassinate De Gaulle, or Guy Fawkes conspired to blow up Parliament, or that Brutus et al conspired to kill Caesar. Whatever might be wrong with this or that conspiracy theory, it's not that conspiracies don't take place. I myself remain unconvinced that Dr. Kelly committed suicide; I don't say he was murdered, but I have an open mind on the subject.

Propery speculation as a motive seems plausible. But is there any evidence?

Εφημερίδα Ανασύνταξη said...

The government, terrified by the extent of the devastation and its own inability to handle the crisis, made an attempt to cover up its responsibility by spreading the rumour that the fires had been the work of terrorists. This hideous claim later became part of the official governmental statements on the causes of the disastrous fires. Top government officials said that the country is actually facing an “asymmetric threat”, not accidentally adopting the term which the American imperialists use when they refer to a terrorist act. People affiliated with certain ideologies, such as anarchism, as well as political parties were pointed as primary suspects for these alleged terrorist acts. All this shows the government’s aim to start a witch hunt and to proceed to a series of fascist persecutions. However, all their attempts to create a situation of terror-hysteria came to nothing due to the complete lack of any evidence that could back up their claims.

The attitude of our the revisionist so called “C”P of Greece, is quite revealing because of its reluctance to acknowledge the government’s share of responsibility while talking, at the same time, about the “perennial responsibilities” held by all the previous governments and embracing the opinion that the fires broke out on the basis of an organised plan despite the lack of evidence. In this way, “C”PG is trying, once more, to cover up the responsibilities of the right-wing government, as it has done in many cases in the past.

The Movement for the Reorganisation of the CP of Greece 1918-1955 believes that the government itself is solely responsible for the size of the destruction. It is a government that has not taken any measure for the prevention of fires and the protection of forests. Moreover, the shortages of equipment and staff in the fire brigade played a decisive role. Despite the ever increasing unemployment in our country, the fire brigade’s shortages in personnel reach almost 3000. But what augmented the scale of the disaster, was the total absence of coordination between the units and civil services in charge of putting out the fires. For all this, the government bears the prime responsibility.

The irresponsibility of the bourgeois state that essentially encourages the arsonists is also to blame. The want of a planned policy of fire prevention accompanied by the repeated changes of status of forest land and the attempt to revise the article 24 of the Constitution that provides for the protection of the forests, have whetted the capital’s appetite. The bourgeois state places profits above men and nature…let’s stop it!

Read the full text here: http://anasintaxi-en.blogspot.com/2007/09/about-fires-in-greece.html

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