Based on a recent report in London’s Telegraph, it appears that the financial crisis in Greece is awakening some festering European resentments dating back to World War II. Although Greece is in a position of great weakness, some Greeks think that now is the time to settle old scores:
The mayor of Athens, Nikitas Kaklamanis, led the call for Germany to pay reparations for the conquest and occupation, saying; “You owe us 70 billion euros for the ruins you left behind.”
Greece’s deputy prime minister, Theodoros Pangalos, also dragged up the war, stating; “The Nazis took away the Greek gold that was in the Bank of Greece, they took away the Greek money and they never gave it back.”
Which reminds me. It was the Greeks who gave us the word for democracy. They also gave us the the words for demagoguery, tyranny, crisis and chaos.
The Wall Street Journal picks up on the latter two in “Crisis deepens; chaos grips Greece.” Left-wing protesters wielding a fire bomb killed three bank employees yesterday when the bomb hit a bank in central Athens.
Sen. Jim Demint brings it all back home: “U.S. taxpayers are helping finance Greek bailout.”
UPDATE: A reader forwards an interesting article from the Australian Business Spectator asking “Will German voters cut the cord?”