Greece is certainly not third world, but neither is she a fully developed, westernized civilization. On the same note, just because Athens was the birthplace to "thought", does not qualify modern-day Greece as being developed as some have asserted.
On a separate note, some countries are just very picky on picture taking. I once flew BA into SVO and was told by the captain (during a cockpit visit) that I would be unable to take a picture of the cockpit mid-flight. I merely wanted a shot of the captain and F/O with the sunrise out the cockpit windows. His concern was that we were flying over one of the former USSR countries, where aerial photography is prohibited. I thought his reasoning was ridiculous, considering a) the picture I wanted to take was of the cockpit and clouds - not of the land below. AND b) It would be completely impossible to determine our locale from the picture.
Anyway, you cannot argue with the captain, so what can you do...
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.