Greek Urban Warriors - Resistance and Terrorism, 1967-2014
REVIEW by Willard Manus
Lost in all
the attention being paid to the battle against terrorism is the fact that
Greece has been in the forefront of that struggle for some fifty years.
As John Brady Kiesling writes in GREEK URBAN WARRIORSRESISTANCE
AND TERRORISM, violence as a means of political expression dates back
to the 1967 military takeover in Greece, when a handful of dissidents
attempted to undermine the dictatorship with a series of small,
basically symbolic explosions in Athens. The four deaths the bombers caused,
all unintended, were minor tragedies compared to the harm the dictators
inflicted upon the Greek people, but they were tragedies nonetheless.
413-page book is a major, exhaustively-researched study of modern Greek
terrorism. As the jacket copy states, Not only has the author disentangled
the lies and wishful thinking of Greek urban guerillas and the authorities
pursuing them, he has attended the trials that put an end to 17Ns
power, interviewed key participants, waded through masses of archival
material, and used computer software and painstaking deduction to reconstruct
the secret history of the Greek armed revolutionary movement.