Sunday, August 9, 2009

Oh! And...

On the way back down from the Acropolis, I saw a sign from the same group I'd seen marching in the Plaka. (Same stylized dove and olive branch; same Greek initials.) I took a picture of it to remember, but it said something like "Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- in remembrance of the victims of the nuclear holocaust" and then it said that, in the name of peace, it was against the U.S.A., the U.N., and the E.U.

Man, you drop two nuclear bombs on someone, ....

I kid. The U.S. *is* the only country to have actually set off a nuclear weapon in aggression and, however justified it may have been, we do have to carry that one as a nation. Yep, that was us.

But, it's a bit of step to go from there to the idea that Greece can therefore accomplish peace by dissociating itself from the U.S.A., the U.N. and the E.U. (the latter of which, quite obviously, has no U.S. involvement at all). Which beliefs tend to transform said marchers, in my mind, from peace lovers to isolationist nutjobs. Making their march through the Plaka seem a little more creepy.

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