|Greece's Parliament Building|
If you want to read about the pros and cons of all that, and what should be done or not done, just pick up any newspaper or magazine and you’ll find opinions. Make that a bushel of opinions.
There is no need to add mine. Instead, I’ll quote from a character I created in a novel written and published in Greece long before the current crisis (US and UK title, Assassins of Athens). Whether the speaker is a bad guy or a good guy I’ll leave to your judgment:
|Not BSF, a prophetic cover|
“Greek children are rioting alongside their parents in the streets. Widespread vandalism, arson, and assaults on police are dismissed by our government as ‘democracy’ in action, and law-abiding Greeks, who once watched such protests in horror and disgust, now call the demonstrators justified! Our countrymen are sick of their politicians and their parties. They want a new beginning and they want it now. They know it can happen, no matter how unrealistic it might have seemed at other times, for they have seen the impossible happen [elsewhere]…. But it requires a fresh leader to emerge, one who can unite the left and the right, the rich and the poor, under one political banner and offer new hope for our beloved Greece.”
Again, and for the record, those are the words of a fictional character before the current crisis—not mine.
Perhaps now you see why I prefer to go for the light and airy. After all, as far as I’m concerned that’s really what this land of enchantment called Greece is all about. And why I love it.