don’t you sometimes wish we could have the old revolutionary marxists back?

Revolutionary Marxists, as some of you may remember, believed in pursuing strategies which would make sense to ordinary people. When they killed someone or blew something up, the target was carefully chosen to present a possibility of ‘propaganda by the deed,’ and communiqués would be issued explaining exactly why this target was a valid and important one from the point of view of rational anti-imperialist strategy. Not nowadays – RB

Bomb found at Greek Embassy in Italy
Nicole Winfield, AP, Dec 27 2010

A package bomb was found at the Greek Embassy in Rome Monday, three days after mail bombs exploded at two other embassies injuring two people. A Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said from Athens that no one was harmed in the latest incident, in part because heightened security measures had already been put in place. He told AP:

The embassy was evacuated and the staff assembled some distance away from the building, so that everyone could be accounted for. There were already heightened security measures at the Greek and other embassies, so the procedure that had to be followed was clear. The matter is now in the hands of the Italian police.

Mail bombs exploded Friday at the Chilean and Swiss embassies, injuring two people who opened them. An anarchist group with reported ties to Greek anarchists claimed responsibility. Reports of suspicious packages at the embassies of Venezuela, Monaco and Denmark were false alarms, police and news reports said. There have been several other reports of suspicious packages in recent days that turned out to be false alarms. Police told all embassies in the capital to be on alert after the package bombs on Friday; Monday was the first day of business after the Christmas holiday. An Italian group calling itself the Informal Anarchist Federation claimed responsibility for Friday’s blasts. News reports said that a claim found at one of the embassies cited the name of Lambros Fountas, a Greek anarchist who was killed in a shootout with police in March. Interior Minister Maroni has said that investigators believe the anarchists who were responsible might have ties to Greek anarchists responsible for last month’s letter bombings at Athens embassies. On Nov 2, suspected Greek anarchists sent 14 mail bombs to foreign embassies in Athens, as well as to Berlusconi, Sarkozy and Merkel. Two of the devices exploded, causing no injuries. A group called Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire claimed responsibility for the Greek blasts. It called on militants in Greece and other countries to step up their action, and Greek police noted Thursday that in the past, acts of “solidarity” have been carried out between Greek and Italian militant groups. Though the bombings were similar, Greek police have pointed out that the attacks there seemed not intended to cause injury. In contrast, the Italian attacks seemed intent on at least seriously wounding whoever opened the envelopes, since at least one of the devices contained an iron bolt that shot into the chest a Chilean employee. That man also risked losing the sight in his eye; both he and the Swiss victim had serious injuries to their hands and arms, hospital officials said.

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