Greece's government warned Monday it expected a growing number of stranded migrants and asylum seekers after neighbor Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) further restricted border access at the weekend, sparking protests by Afghan nationals at a border crossing...Hmm. They're near Athens, are they? I wonder if they've got the wherewithal to wander over to that noble city and see if they can influence things in some unspecified way.
The action – blocking Afghans from crossing the border and generally restricting access – left thousands of migrants stranded in Greece, at the border and the port of Piraeus, near Athens, where regular private services to the border were suspended.
Among the protesting Afghans was 25-year-old Shafiulahh Qaberi who traveled to Greece from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.Young male? Check. Adequate provisions? Check. Frustrated? Check. Surrounded by more like-minded comrades all the time? Check.
"We've been here for three days, and no one knows why they have closed the border," he told the AP. "I don't need food and I don't need water. What I need is to get over the border. Why are they stopping us?"
I wonder how this is all going to work out.
Meanwhile, the Turks' leashes have all been dropped. Consider the flip side of this.
Turkey's plan (to take on the ever more aggressive Russkies) was based on the assumption that, in case of conflict, the country could invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the collective defence clause if any member state is attacked.If the Turks can't rely on NATO for help, then there's really no benefit to behaving like a NATO member. It's every country for itself down there now. That's going to leave the lazy, corrupt, Bernie Sanders socailist Greeks in a world of hurt.
But Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn told German magazine Der Spiegel that the Turkish government cannot count on NATO.
Earlier this month, Greek farmers rioted, protesting cuts in government pensions. The country is bankrupt and insolvent and these guys are upset that their handouts are dwindling.
I wonder which side the Koran supports.