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It appears as though the people who attacked the U.S. Embassy in Athens were domestic terrorists:

An anti-tank shell was fired at the U.S. embassy early Friday, striking the front of the building but causing no injuries. Greece’s Public Order Minister said the blast was probably an act of domestic terrorism — raising fears of resurgent violence by far-left Greek militants.

“It is very likely that this is the work of a domestic group,” Vyron Polydoras said. “We believe this effort to revive terrorism is deplorable and will not succeed.”

He said Greece “strongly condemns” the attack on the heavily guarded building — the first major attack against a U.S. target in Greece in more than a decade.

“We believe it is a symbolic act,” Polydoras said. “It is an attempt to disrupt our country’s international relations.”

Polydoras said police were examining the authenticity of phone calls to a private security company claiming responsibility on behalf of a militant left-wing group.

Or, maybe it was the work of some French tourists who were tired of having to compete with so many Americans for the good beach hotels in the Greek islands each August.

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An epidemic of plane crashes seems to have hit the globe.

In this past month alone, a plane crash-landed in Toronto – an episode in which, miraculously nobody was hurt. But not everyone was so lucky. A terrible crash in Greece killed 121, and a devastating crash in Venezuela killed 160.

There were also smaller crashes, such as the plane that went down in Switzerland, killing 4, a crash in Acupulco, Mexico that killed two people, and a crash in Durban, South Africa that was survived by all six people aboard. And that’s not even all of them.

Then last week, a crash in Peru killed dozens of people.

Now there’s been another plane crash in Indonesia that has claimed 149 lives. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of terrorism.

And a plane crashed in the Congo, killing 7. It seems that the pilot tried to land in poor visibility and crashed into a tree.

I’m seriously starting to question the statistics that tell us that flying is so much safer than driving. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not out to spread conspiracy theories or anything. By all accounts, these crashes happened due to bad weather or pilot error, and their timing is just a coincidence. But what on earth is going on here?

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In Brief

08.15.2005

I still don’t have time to properly blog, but I wanted to at least mention some of the newsworthy items in the passing show these days. Disengagement is depressing. I can barely read the news – from any perspective – because it just gives me a giant headache. The whole issue is so clearly lose-lose […]

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Athens Olympics cursed?

05.05.2004

Construction delays… now security concerns… it seems the Athens Olympics are cursed: Wednesday’s pre-dawn explosions, preceded by an anonymous telephone warning, badly damaged the station in the densely populated Kalithea district near hotels to be used by Olympic officials during the August 13-29 Olympics. The third bomb went off 30 minutes after the first two […]

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She’s baaaaack . . .

07.19.2003

Home sweet home. Had a great two weeks in Greece – although getting sick with a cold on vacation is not my idea of fun. (And to anyone contemplating flying while sick, here’s a word of advice: don’t.) Other than that I had an amazing time. Having spent the last two weeks disconnected from TV, […]

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