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Note that the protected area of the Kaiafa lake and forest, was the target of several tourist "development" schemes (with golf courses and all), which thankfully local movements and the courts denied (especially the Higher Administrative Court has been steadfast in its defense of the environment whenever it has had a chance to decide such matters - that's one of the reasons that the government proposed a constitutional amendment to limit its jurisdiction this year). These plans and the proximity of Greece's planned Western Highway Axis to the first blazes in Ilia, cause not a few to believe that the initial fire was arson, pure and simple.

In the area around Athens, there is no question that the vast majority of the major fires these past 30 years have been arson attacks. All three mountains surrounding the Athens basin were severely burned this year. In almost all cases there is strong evidence suggesting that it was arson.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed Sep 5th, 2007 at 09:39:06 PM EST
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