- We don't have to believe these folks. Yes, it has been a long time since the military has ruled in Greece, but certainly within the lifetimes of some of the actors. Greece and stability, well, we might have different standards here.
- If not coup prevention, is the action one that might cause a coup anyway? Probably not, but certainly countries elsewhere that often ponder whether they have a crisis in civ-mil relations (US, UK, Canada to name just three) can pause for a second and realize that things are not that bad.
- Could this be wag the dog-esque? That is, to divert the public and media from other stuff? Probably not since the key topic of the day, dealing with the EU/debt mess, is impervious to diversion.
All I know is we need to keep watching this particular dimension of the Greek crisis.
According to Reuters its a typical feature of Greek patronage politics: Before a government goes it shuffles its friends into high places. I that is true than it would be an interesting misunderstanding. Of course the MOD could have killed two birds with one stone, so to speak.
I don't find the idea of a coup far-fetched at all. Right now a substantial chunk of the Greek public is fed up with the government - referendum or no, they've already been expressing their dissatisfaction with massive strikes, and likely will continue to do so. That's often the perfect time to stage a coup, because popular opinion can get behind "throw the bums out". What I don't know is if the Greek military is more well-respected, or trusted, than the civilian government. If it is, the civilian government is in even deeper trouble than has been reported.
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