- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 29, 2001

NICOSIA, Cyprus Under the impact of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Greek officials are revising security plans for the 2004 Olympics.
Jacques Rogge, newly elected chairman of the International Olympic Committee, has told Greek organizers that all present blueprints have to be revised and the security budget increased.
Greece expected to spend $600 million on security arrangements, a sum Mr. Rogge believes to be insufficient.
As a result of Mr. Rogge's visit to Athens, which ended yesterday, a "Civil Security Body" will be established to oversee arrangements for the Olympic Games.
Mr. Rogge's trip and the security problem have revived a debate in the Greek press on the degree of the government's commitment to the war on international terrorism.
"If the United States could not protect its most valuable buildings, then how can a country like Greece provide security for the Olympic Games?" wrote the left-of-center To Vima in a recent editorial
Greece has often been criticized by the United States for being lax in security matters.
Greece has been particularly criticized in the fight against the "17 November" terrorist group.
Victims of the group have included five members of the U.S. Embassy killed and 20 wounded.
Following the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis said he had adopted "a crystal-clear line against terrorism and full alignment of our policy with the United States and NATO."
"We shall cooperate with our allies to eradicate terrorist violence," he said. "We are part of the alliance and we must, if we believe in its values, contribute to the defense of these values."
While awaiting word from the allies on the nature and extent of its participation, Greece has opened its skies to U.S. aircraft flying eastward.
There has been increased activity at the U.S. naval base at Souda Bay on the island of Crete.
The statements have caused criticism from some left-wing newspapers, which claimed that Mr. Simitis is surrendering Greek sovereignty to the United States.
The communist Rizopastis daily charged that Mr. Simitis "has surpassed all his European counterparts" in subservience to Washington, and he "might as well hand over the keys to his office to the U.S. Embassy."
The pro-socialist daily Ethnos cautioned the government about plunging what it termed as "a crusade against Islam and a war against cultures."
Such a war, the daily wrote, "would only serve to convince the millions of Muslims around the world living in squalor that the United States is the cause of their troubles. This, in turn,will make it easier for Muslim fundamentalists to recruit more willing suicide bombers."
For the leftist To Vima newspaper, the government's commitment to the war on terrorism will mean that "with the same fanaticism that CIA and FBI agents hunted down the communists in the past, now they will hunt down anyone they believe to be linked to terrorism."
But another left-of-center publication, Sto Karfi stated that "the Greek government has done extremely well in siding with the Western Alliance at the current crucial stage."

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