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Greece: Where a terrorist skips town

The Greek state “has collapsed”— that’s the only conclusion we can draw from the escape of convicted terrorist Christodoulos Xeros.

Costas Iordanidis
Kathimerini

The Greek state “has collapsed,” said Costas Iordanidis. That’s the only conclusion we can draw from the escape this month of convicted terrorist Christodoulos Xeros, a founder of November 17, the leftist terrorist group that in the 1970s and ’80s killed two dozen people, including a CIA agent. Xeros was inexplicably allowed to leave prison for a nine-day furlough, and he never returned. Presumably the 56-year-old is now lending his expertise to a new generation of leftist Greek guerrillas. He has already posted a video saying he plans to “fire the guerrilla shotgun against those who stole our lives and sold our dreams for profit.” A competent government might have allowed the furlough, but would certainly have cunningly tracked the terrorist and watched where he went and with whom he met. Instead, our feckless authorities lost him and then spent the ensuing days blaming one another. The government that already locked up the far-right political leaders of Golden Dawn is now insinuating that the leaders of the leftist anti-austerity Syriza party are somehow connected to Xeros, and maybe it will try to lock them up too. How can such a government ever get us out of our unemployment and recession crisis? All it can do “spout a lot of hot air.”

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