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A Greek Tragedy for all

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A flammable situation

A flammable situation Photo: Rocco Fazzari

Having gifted cartoonists and headline writers with the best ever metaphors and analogies - Pandora’s Box, Achilles heel, wooden horse, etc - democracy’s founding fathers and mothers, the Greeks, now find themselves in a flammable position, with every other country blaming them for their own economic woes.
As editors fight each other for the next “Greek tragedy” headline, the international community looks towards us and reminds us how lucky we are. Believe it or not.
This week’s espresso video animation goes continental and weaves together some classic Greek and European imagery and audio, and inflames the situation further. 

16 comments so far

  • It ended 2 years ago. But.....they got olives, feta, bread and baklava. They'll survive.

    Greek Tradegy (sic)....nice touch of pun Rocco.

    Commenter
    Old rope
    Location
    Washed up
    Date and time
    May 18, 2012, 6:49AM
    • plus the islands

      Commenter
      rocco
      Date and time
      May 18, 2012, 11:19AM
  • Aaah the end result of representative democracy. Where being popular enough to be elected comes before being able to govern and making hard decisions. Representative democracy in Greece burning

    Commenter
    ccb
    Date and time
    May 18, 2012, 8:11AM
    • Playwright Pancho Newman says this is a perfect backdrop to stage his Quixotic Queensland Tragedy...The Great Big Bunfight twixt playmates El Gordo de Palmio and Titanicus Romanus.

      Commenter
      Geronimo
      Location
      Yippee Yi Yo
      Date and time
      May 18, 2012, 8:14AM
      • That's blasphemous!

        Blasphemous is a Greek word.

        It's all Greek to me.

        Commenter
        Fazzariopoulos
        Location
        Aegean
        Date and time
        May 18, 2012, 9:53AM
        • That was really cool Rocco. : )
          Only thing missing was how the fire will spread beyond the boundaries. But she'll be right mate. As long as we have surf, rocks and BBQ duck the world looks great.

          Commenter
          Rainer the cabbie
          Location
          Darlo
          Date and time
          May 18, 2012, 10:23AM
          • Thankyou...and being positive makes all the difference

            Commenter
            rocco
            Date and time
            May 18, 2012, 11:20AM
        • Greek democracy was always a myth. the slaves didn't vote etc. It resembled England more in the days of Edmund Burke. Ken Henry said it all.. the eurozone was never going to work. My old history lecturer defined Europe as divided in two. The old Roman Empire was west of the Rhine and south of the Danube .The reformation divided Europe into 'Catholic' and 'Protestant' economies . The former in simplistic terms represented the 'welfare' corporate state. The latter developed individualism and and the 'protestant ethic'.Germany, Britain, Holland etc were never going to create a mix with Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. Does Europe have the capacity to change the mindset of its history ?

          Commenter
          John L
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          May 18, 2012, 11:02AM
          • an interesting concept dividing the economies into those two groups, another way of explaining the character of economies

            Commenter
            rocco
            Date and time
            May 18, 2012, 11:33AM
          • Democracy has always been a myth.

            Real power is exercised by money.

            A politician will not be elected unless he has money to spend on his or her campaign.

            Political donations come with obligations towards the donor. Favours and accepting influence.

            Anyone who thinks by ticking a box on the ballot paper is exercising power is a fool.

            It is a procedure to make the voters feel that they have a say in how the country is run.

            Recent examples in AUS have shown where power lies.

            Just look at those well financed campaign by the miners and the clubs. No need to say more.

            Commenter
            caledonia
            Location
            sydney
            Date and time
            May 19, 2012, 4:09PM

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