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Trouble in the Balkans

The Greek army has been misbehaving, or rather some of its grunts have: "A tape, initially broadcast over the Internet at the end of last week and then re-aired on Albanian television, shows Greek soldiers chanting “We will make shoelaces out of Albanians’ guts” during what appears to be military exercises. The same soldiers are heard uttering similar abuse about the Turks". One would think that Macedonia must feel a little peeved to be left out, especially as Athens still persists with its ridiculous 'Former Yugloslav Republic of Macedonia' usage.

However, the Greeks have apologised, although there has been flag burning etc across the border. Rather missing the point about armies, an Albanian politician "called on Greece to take all the necessary measures to eradicate these expressions of aggressive nationalism from the Greek armed forces.”

Meanwhile, apologies for being AWOL - I should have remembered that oysters frequently disagree with me.

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Blogger istanbultory said... 4:35 pm

Given that the Turks have one of the largest, best trained and most effective armies in the world, the Greeks would be wise to tone down the anti-Turkish rhetoric. In the (remote) event of a Turco-Greek conflict, the Turks would be holding a victory parade in Athens within 48 hours. The Greek army is, of course, a conscript-based one and a less than stellar one at that. An amazingly high number of Greek males, especially among the young and well connected never seem to actually do their military service. Funny, eh?  

Anonymous this guy (pro Greek geek) said... 5:12 pm

Surely, as both belong to NATO/OTAN, we wd have to either attack both or defend the erm defender?

Turkiye also has a conscript army. Mehmetchik is not a very good soldier as he's failed to deal with the Curds, despite torture etc.

Re oysters - yes, they're even more bolshy than raw prawns.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:21 pm

I think IT is probably right, vis a vis the respective military prowesses of the two. Shades of the old South African aphorism '30 days to Cairo'.

Both the Turks and the Greeks still have F-4 Phantoms in service, by the way.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 8:51 pm

Considering the fact that Johnny turk gave the Anzacs a good bashing , plus us Brits , no doubt they are more than a match for a bunch of pooves in mini skirts and pom poms on their shoes.
What sort of country comes up with that as martial uniform?

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:57 pm

I share a similar affliction C. I love Oysters but every now and again I get very ill by them. Shellfish is always the worst sort of food poisoning too.  

Anonymous this guy said... 10:32 am

Shouldn't be so shelfish.

Croy - please oblige me & an answer my pt. If Mehmetchik is so great, why can't he beat Johnny Curd.

Hitch - did the Geeks invent poovery? Surely the Sodomites were about 900 BC. Perhaps the Geeks were the 1st to systematize it. -- If you, Monsoor Hitch, read this, u won't be surprised to hear that the library I'm writing this in is being disrupted by yet another autistic Afrikan infant (I don't dare say p*cc*n*n*.)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:09 am

TG - Time for the old 'let the curds have their whey' joke...

The Turks face the same issue as any democracy fighting an insurgency - how far can they go?  

Anonymous this guy said... 2:34 pm

Vous avez dit "democracy"?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:39 pm

While governance a la Turque is not up to, or maybe down to, UK standards, a democracy it is.  

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