91. A Little Respect, Please
It sounds incredible, but the small country of
seems to be burning down. Police believe arsonists
responsible for at least half of the fires.
people have died so far, many of them
in their homes or their cars. Residents all
Greece have called fire departments, police, and media
fires surrounding their homes, but there have simply
been enough firemen to respond to all these
The government has asked for aid from France,
, and Germany. Greek ruins that are almost 3,000
old are in danger of being burnt down.
surround Athens, the capital city. The hillsides are
, and there seems to be no end in
. Entire villages have been destroyed. There has been
rain for two months, and the trees are
dry that just the heat from an approaching
causes them to explode into flames.
three suspected arsonists. One suspect, oddly enough, was
complaining about the 2004 Olympics. He had applied
carry the torch into the stadium and light
fire to officially start the Games. His application
ignored. “You have to be somebody,” was the
he got when he called the Olympic Committee
Athens. “And you’re not—you’re nobody,” an official told
. The man was in jail for three years
trying to blow up the committee’s headquarters. Yesterday,
caught him walking away from a new fire
an empty gas can in his hands.
, huh?” he told the police. “Well, I’m somebody now!”