Under the Black Flag

Where’s Kafka When You Need Him?

Like all proper banana republics, the Olive Republic of Greece has jailed some elected members of parliament, charging them with criminality, as obscure and vague an accusation as hooliganism used to be when Uncle Joe Stalin was displeased with some Russian writer.  Stalin used dissidents for target practice; the present gang in power in the birthplace of selective democracy simply sticks them in jail.  The last people to do this were the so-called abominable colonels, back in 1967, and I say so-called because, when they pulled their coup off on April 21, 1967, a majority of Greeks cheered.

Mind you, not the media, nor the bien pensant among the liberal elite in Europe and inside the Beltway.  (You know the type: Ugly, feminine, intense, dandruffy, bad teeth, and always prattling about civil liberties and human rights, which in my book are licenses to oppress the law-abiding and allow criminal behavior by minorities.)  The colonels did eventually screw it all up, in fact very badly, but they didn’t steal and were never given a chance by the rest of Europe.  President Nixon was among the few who saw the colonels as they were: pro-West, very Christian, patriotic, honest, and not at all sophisticated.  Most of them died in prison, locked up for crimes they didn’t commit.

Which brings me to the point of my story: The colonels were given life sentences...

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