Archive for March 1st, 2011

R2P but how?

March 1, 2011
According to the Economist (latest issue February 26-March 4 2011) Europe must do more to support the Arab democracy, or, the struggle for Arab democracy. Should Europe, now, just now, express any kind of responsibility to protect and help the Arab struggles for freedom and democracy?
History repeats itself. R2P or the Responsibility to Protect raises so many questions about the How, Who, When to help and  how exactly to restore the order.
I don’t know if Europe can take such a responsibility now, it would be though a good chance for Lady Ashton to make her name more memorable.
But I think I am going to agree with Gideon Rachman in the FT today. The external assistance may help in short term. But in long term stability and peace  in the region should be chosen, determined and protected by ordinary citizens and not by outside powers.

short visit, shorter hope

March 1, 2011

I spent some days in Athens/Greece last week and -believe me- 5 days were enough to realise the disappointment of the people, the anger, the lack of hope, the need to react against a system that put Greece in an economic abyss. Needless to say that the most of the people I talked to, recognised the fact that all of ‘us’, each of us, somehow, contributed to this crisis.

I came to ask myself: ‘Is it more than an economic/political crisis? Is it about a Greek mentality crisis’?

According article in the Financial Times on Monday, 28th February (under the title ‘Greece’s struggles’):

Changing Greece’s mentalities and attitudes to the state is a task that will last an entire generation, beyond the political lifetime of George Papandreou, the prime minister.

So, is there any hope? I am afraid I am going to ask this question again and again in the future. Nevertheless, the FT article expressed a reserved but clear  optimism under one condition: that the Greek prime minister  soldiers on the reforms. (It continues also claiming that on his present record, he would deserve to win any forthcoming elections).

My mind welcomes the acceleration of the reforming process, my heart though -after my short visit- is torn by all the suffering I was able to spot…..