Mired deep in financial crisis
, the Greek government of George Papandreou
has sacked the country's military leadership
In a surprise development, Panos Beglitis, Defence Minister, a close confidante of Mr Papandreou, summoned the chiefs of the army, navy and air-force and announced that they were being replaced by other senior officers.
Neither the minister nor any government spokesman offered an explanation for the sudden, sweeping changes, which were scheduled to be considered on November 7 as part of a regular annual review of military leadership retirements and promotions. Usually the annual changes do not affect the entire leadership. [more inside]
"Why isn't Burma on Bush's 'Axis of Evil' list?"
A fair question considering the threat to its neighbors from its drugs and weapons trades, its nuclear ambitions, and its continuing horrible treatment of its own people
. And though Aung San Suu Kyi was released
shortly after Kurlantzick's article was written, the junta still has not held substantive talks
with her, but they have continued with their plans to build a nuclear reactor
(perhaps they're looking for a promotion from the measly 'Axis of Occasionally Evil'