Greece: Applying a Plaster Cast

Greece's junta leaders like to think of the country as a patient that requires their constant attention. Last week, as the regime finally made public its long-awaited new constitution, Colonel-turned-Premier George Papadopoulos put on his best bedside manner.

"We have a sick patient here," he told newsmen. "We must decide how soon he will be able to walk and when we should remove the plaster cast. But if we decide the patient needs more plaster, we will give it to him."

The new constitution encases Greek society, and particularly the institution of...

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