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In Alexandroupolis’ Fires, the Greek State Failed Along With the Alliance With U.S.


OUR MAIN PHOTO: A map of the fire in Alexandoupolis, has burned most of the defensive front lines of Greece and surrounded the supposedly “strategic” port from where the US and NATO supply Ukraine.  It’s an indication of how much the US values the port or how fast they will abandon it...

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis). What happened in Alexandroupolis for the past two weeks was an unmitigated disaster for Greece with multiple facets: it was the largest fire on record in the EU, in a sensitive strategic area bordering Turkey. Since ancient times, when at war, armies used to practice “clearing the land” (we have a beautiful Greek word for this: “αποψίλωση”).  The Turks have now accomplished a complete clearing of the front lines against the Greek Army, which is known to operate all kinds of defenses (and offensive powers) in the area.  The Greek state has a supposedly “stable” and experienced government that has been in power for over four years.  Yet, led by the scion of one of the corrupt “mafia” families that run Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who has never achieved anything on his own merits but always expected “daddy” to take care of him, failed completely and is being ridiculed domestically and internationally.

The other failure was by the American Ambassador George Tsu-Tsunis (he deserves the very graphic Greek nickname).  Amb. Tsu-Tsunis did not even bother making a statement for the past two weeks.  Forget about mobilizing the expanded American military stationed just miles from the fire – or asking for help from Germany and Italy, where the US operates very large bases.  Yet, he along with Pyatt and Menendez wants us to believe that they value Alexandroupolis as much as they value Souda Bay!!… Shameless!!…  I have warned my friends in Greece to be very vigilant of the warmongers of the DC establishment: They will leave in one night like they left Iraq and Afghanistan and Greece will be at the mercy of Turkey, Russia, and God knows who else...




Opinion: How EU’s largest fire on record was met with Greek state silence

“As an Evros local, I’m saddened and angry watching my homeland turn to ashes. But what scares me the most is the fire that will keep burning after EU’s largest blaze on record subsides”

The burnt roof of an elementary school is seen in the village of Palagia, near the town of Alexandroupolis, in the northeastern Evros region, Greece on Tuesday 22 August. Photo: AAP via AP/Achilleas Chiras

I am writing this from Alexandroupolis, capital city of the Evros region, the epicentre of Greece’s wildfires this summer.

We are well into the second week since the first blaze started.

Monday, 28 August, was day 10. A Greek government entourage had just made their first visit to the region. Not quite the swift response you’d expect for Europe’s largest fire on record.

Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Vassilis Kikilias, was here just a day earlier.

But it’s hard to argue this counts as a visit to the fire-stricken region.

Mr Kikilias landed by plane and was briefed by local officials at a meeting room inside the Alexandroupolis airport, before flying on a super puma to inspect blaze-affected areas.

Greek state ‘gone AWOL’ amidst unprecedented crisis

The minister’s remote inspection follows a week of state silence over the record-breaking blaze.

For a government so heavily comms-focused, the ongoing lack of public statements about the situation facing Evros is astounding for locals here.

This comes despite Evros being a region traditionally supportive of the Nea Dimokratia (ND) governing party. In the recent May elections, ND came first in Evros with a whopping 43%.

Personally, I have no doubt that SYRIZA, PASOK or any other current parliamentary party would take a similar stance towards the crisis, should they happen to be in government.

Evros, in Greece’s northeastern edge, adjacent to the mainland Greek-Turkish border, has been for years placed at the bottom of the central government apparatus’ priorities.

Patients lie on the floor of a ferry boat after health authorities partially evacuated a hospital in Alexandroupolis, Evros. Photo: AAP via AP/e-evros.gr

Unless a border migrant-deterring fence extension or a military agreement renewal allowing for the established US military force in the area, needs to be signed.

When the record-breaking fire subsides (by the looks of it, when there is nothing more left to be burnt), Evros will go back to being “a pin on the map” for many in Greece.

But there is one fire front that will keep alight.

That of division, ideological camps and migrant persecutions putting our common logic and sense of humanity under test. More on this later. For now, back to the awkward state silence.

Like many of my fellow citizens here, I find it deafening.

Take a moment to think about it. Have you ever encountered a no comment policy when Greece breaks a record?

Since last Thursday, 24 August, the area of 72,000 hectares burnt (now well beyond 80,000) has been officially verified by the EU monitoring system Copernicus to be the largest recorded on European soil.

We saw the Slovenian EU Commissioner for Crisis Management tweeting the sad record and The New York Times running a front-page about it.

Yet in Greece, not much beyond the catchy headline reproduced by media outlets.

Until day 12 of the unprecedented blaze, the Greek PM’s most extensive comment on Evros since the fires started, was an indirect reference to the tragedy amidst a self-praise on the country’s economic outlook.

“If there is something that could counterbalance this dark climate which justifiably prevails in Greek society due to the catastrophic fires, especially in the region of Evros, this is the very good performance of our economy, which was once again certified by all productivity agencies,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated on Wednesday during a speech in Thessaloniki.

“Those hands are the only thing I want to keep in my mind”

To put it kindly, our response to the wildfires has been inadequate.

I’m referring to the Greek state response of course, not the local one.

No better words depict this reality than the meme roaming around Facebook groups these days captioned:

“So, what are we meant to do when receiving the 112 message? Stay or leave?”

For those unfamiliar, the 112 emergency communications service is the EU-wide public warning system, managed in Greece by the Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection.

Notifications sent to mobile phones every time a village in Evros was instructed to evacuate were irregular (not everyone received them I am told by individuals across the region) and were seen by many as a codified ‘washing hands of responsibility’.

A friend gave me a straightforward explanation of the sarcastic meme, which I failed to grasp at first glance.

“You receive an evacuation order via the 112 service. And it’s either go and farewell your house, belongings, animals and anything else on your property. Or stay at your own risk, in the hope of salvaging something.”

At the other end of the response spectrum are those fighting the wildfires and helping out amidst the crisis.

From firefighters to locals and volunteers, their plan of action has been inspiring and effective against all odds.

A fellow Alexandroupoli resident posted a message on socials last week encapsulating our deep gratitude:

“As fires keep burning for the seventh consecutive day in south Evros, the only thing I want to keep in my mind is ‘those hands’. Hands offering, fighting the blaze, cooking, digging the ground, opening doors of homes and businesses, giving hugs, cleaning hospitals, carrying animals to rescue homes, doing whatever they can to save whatever can be saved and beyond.”

Charred trees in the Dadia forest, following last year’s wildfires. Less than 5,000 hectares had been burnt then, with environmentalists dubbing it an ecological disaster. More than 80,000 hectares have been burnt this year. Photo: AAP via REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Same old story with a novel dangerous narrative

It’s hard to find non-divisive words online these days by people living in Evros and even outsiders.

Across all ideological camps.

The experience of a local business owner in Alexandroupoli echoes the sentiment.

“I got a call from a customer saying ‘Heading out to beat up migrants. Care to join?’. On the same day another customer called me asking ‘Will you join us to beat up fascists?’”

The second call to “action” was a joke, the customer said. As if a call to violence can ever be humorous.

In the first call however, the customer was literal to the bone.

The hunt down of migrants is a reality in Evros (As much as it is in Rhodes island judging from social media call-outs).

A disgraceful reality for all of us living here, bearing inevitable similarities to pogroms and other persecutions.

It is as real as the loss of human lives we’ve experienced in Evros, as real as the thousands of animals lost to fires, the burnt villages, homes and livelihoods turned to ashes, as real as the irreversible destruction of Dadia forest and all green habitats vanished by the fires.

As real as the underfunding of firefighting and forest protection services has been for decades now in Greece.

Did you know that the firefighting corps is short by 4,500 employees? Or that water bomber aircrafts in their fleet, like the Canadair CL-215 which crashed in July costing the lives of two pilots, have been flying since the 70s?

Migrant hunts in Evros are as real as the solidarity spirit of thousands of locals trying their best when facing wildfires this year and before, with minimal or zero support from the current and previous governments.

I’m thinking of this paradoxical status quo as I’m hearing of a local who joined efforts in digging firelines in Avantas, one of the worst impacted villages in the region.

Flames burn a forest during wildfires near the village of Sykorrahi, near Alexandroupolis, Evros. Photo: AAP via AP/Achilleas Chiras

He is not a resident of the village, nor has any connection to it. He just went there to help because he could do so at a time fire protection measures for the village depended on volunteer work.

Guess when he decided he couldn’t stay any longer.

When witnessing Evros locals coming to the village for a violent binge against migrants.

This week, arson charges against the remaining 9 migrants of the cohort captured by a local civilian militia were dropped.

The sole evidence against them was the testimony of their capturer.

But the narrative of migrant arsonists is well established within the local community.

“Only Velopoulos (leader of Elliniki Lysi party) cares for us and came all the way here to see what’s happening,” a local tells me.

During his visit to Evros, Kyriakos Velopoulos stated:

“The truth is that fires did not start randomly. Police arrests and announcements confirm that arsons were executed by illegal migrants.”

I tried to find the announcements he was referring to but no luck. I could only locate official police statistics.

Up until last week, there were 140 on the spot arrests for arson across Greece, 23 of which were intentional.

Can you guess how many of those arrested were migrants who crossed the border?


A man walks on the debris of a burnt house during wildfires near the village of Kirkis, in the Evros region. Photo: AAP via AP/Achilleas Chiras

I also found a media release by Vassilis Kikilias, the Greek Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection.

It was issued on the same day of the Copernicus announcement about the Evros wildfires being the largest EU blaze on record.

No reference to the record-breaking disaster in that media release.

No mention of years-long fallacies in fire prevention and response.

Greece suffers from wildfires every single year for various reasons, including arson.

But whatever the cause, response is always inadequate, and this year simply catastrophic for the country’s northeastern frontier.

The media release on that day was not about Evros. Fires had already started elsewhere and media attention returned once again to the Attica default mode.

On the very day Evros was confirmed to be the epicentre of Europe’s largest wildfire on record, the Ministry’s media release referred to the National Park of Parnitha, located in a 30 km distance from Athens.

Curious over what it was about?

For many of us in Evros the focus came as rather unsurprising.

It was themed around the one thing ‘they’ have most likely figured out that works in stopping people from protesting about all the other ‘stuff’:

“Those scums, the arsonists.”


  1. Gary D. Barnett stated:

    “ Extremely suspicious fires are being ignited all around the world, and most of those being reported are of a very dubious nature. California has had its share, as has Canada, and many look to be intentional, and are burning at extremely high temperatures with high wind. This is indicative of the effects of many years of spraying metals, chemicals, and poisons in the form of geoengineering via chemical trails. The same is happening still in Canada and many places in the U.S. Maui was just the latest, and of course, the most devastating concerning human life.

    🆘Greece has been burning for some time now, and all indications are that those fires were intentional as well. Turkey is also engulfed in flames. Multiple fires in Chinese cities are also highly questionable. This is the State’s preferred method of terror currently, and fits in perfectly with their complete scam of ‘climate change,’ which is the impetus at this point for all plans of global takeover.”

  2. let be clear … the United States and its Nato/EU crime syndicate mob bosses are at war with not only Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Afgansstan , Iraq Yemen Venezuela , Cuba, and most countreis of the worlld, including the American Populist , if you have not noticed! The great reset is simply …the Richest countries of the world …the G7…are using Fascist Capitalism to extort, coerce, bribe , blackmail , obstruct Interstate and International Commerce and trade, confiscate gold and financial assets of foreign countries which is blantant robbery, and imposing illegal Exonomic sanction on 1/3rd the population of the world to dominate the sovergnty of the nations of the world The purpose of their policies is designed to inflict as much pain and suffering on the populait to make them surrender their economic , political and military sovereignty to the crime syndicate client of the U.S. government..

    The blowing up of the Nordsteam Pipelianes was the greatest War Crime in the History of Mankind , in that is destroyed the Energy Security of million of Germany and Western Europe and crippled the economies of Germany and most of the EU countries ! Whover blew up the Nordstream Pipelines , and banned Russia oil , is the one likely responsible for all the fires in Nato countries ! However, the net effect fo U.S war on Russian and the world ..has been acts of sabotage on U.S and its Nato Allies , like Greece ! What we may actually be seeing is jsut the beginning of “Retaliation against U.S controlled Nato countries by any number of enemies crated by U.S.

    What Greek people forgot to do was read the small print of their allinace with America … they are not indemnified from all criminal actions of the U.S government! In other words their is a price to pay when Ameirca make their enemies , enemies of Greece! I wonder, do Greeks know that any country hosting U.S bases and military forces …will be ground zero for any one of Russia’s 6500 Nuclear Warheads which right now, are 20 years ahead of U.S. nuclear arsenal!

    Who provoked the War in Ukraine, who blew up the Nortdsteam Pipleline , who is imposing Illegal Economic Sanctions which target civilians poppulist of the poorest countries of the world, who is obstructing Grain shipment to Africa, who is continuing to feed a failed State with military resouces to send 450,000 Ukarinian Orthodox Christians to their death in a war with Russia, can never win ..and that includes Nato !

    The following quotes answer the question whoa has always been responsible for all the devastation the U.S foreign policy brings to the populist of the world … The State Department of the United State most likely is responsiible for the war , fires , and wars from Vietnam to Ukraine!

    “We are working with other democratic partners in the region to fend off evil actors like Russia atnd China ,particularly Russia which is using energy as an instrument of its negative influence », declared the US ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt, emphasising that « Alexandroupolis has a cruciales role to play in the energetic security and the stability of Europe ».
    U.S ambassador to Ukraine and Greece ..Geoffrey Pyatt
    2013 – 2022

    “The only way left for U.S. diplomats to block European purchases is to goad Russia into a military response and then claim that avenging this response outweighs any purely national economic interest. As hawkish Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, explained in a State Department press briefing on January 27:

    “If Russia invades Ukraine one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward.” (“America’s Real Adversaries Are Its European and Other Allies”, The Unz Review)

    Victoria Nuland ….Under Secretary of State
    Coordinator of Iraq, libya, Syria , and Ukraine regime change Wars
    1996 – to present

    “When Russia is at war against Ukraine, when it attacks, occupies, the change of policy in the West implies not only the suspension of Nord Stream 2, but also the liquidation, the complete dismantling of the pipeline,”
    Polish Prime Minister Duda
    Target sovereignty of German Republic, Greece and Europe


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