7 February 2003
Our big fat Greek allies
David "Clubbeaux" Sims (that just looks so cool) isn't too impressed with Greece these days:
Greeks contribute the least to the E.U.'s funding and are the biggest freeloaders of E.U. welfare, yet squawk and strut and obstruct E.U. business as if they’re bankrolling the whole operation. One does not want to even begin to calculate the total tonnage of money America flushes down the Greek rathole. E.U. diplomats I met in Istanbul told me privately that if the E.U. had a mechanism for kicking countries out Greece would have been shown the door a long time ago.
So they're, um, obstreperous. Do they stand behind us when we need them?
The Wall Street Journal's editorial page...gives these facts: 87.8% of all Greek citizens are against military action in Iraq even with U.N. approval; more Greeks have a positive view of Saddam Hussein than of President Bush, and when asked "which country is more democratic, the U.S. or Iraq" a full 57% said "neither," and 8% said Iraq. On balance the French are more reliable allies than the Greeks.
Gad. What a bunch of Cretans.