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.

Police have 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.

“I’m , huh?” he told the police. “Well, I’m somebody now!”