Greece shot in the heart again

The gunning down in cold blood yesterday of 37-year-old journalist Sokratis Giolias should concern us all – and, above all, the government of this country. Whether the killing, in a predawn attack outside the victim’s home in Ilioupoli, is found to be a purely terrorist act or a joint operation organized by terrorist guerrillas and criminal thugs, the violent assassination shows that in today’s Greece deadly forces continue to act with impunity. Just like the bomb that exploded last month at the offices of Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, killing one of his close aides, yesterday’s attack is a clear message to the Socialist government that it must intensify investigations into the these violent undercurrents. Greece has enough credibility problems already. This country cannot afford to project to the world the image of an underdeveloped country in which terrorists and organized crime can take human lives wherever and whenever they feel like it.