Sunday, September 2, 2007

Fires in Greece

I have no idea what to say. It is so sad to read every day about the fires in Greece. While we were on Corfu, you could see that the sky was not so clear, and that the visibility was strained because of these horrible fires that have killed so many people and animals and taken the homes of so many others.

The economic hardship is just beginning in this land that relies so heavily on thousands of hundred year old olive trees. When the winter and spring rains begin there will be nothing to hold the dirt on the ancient hills and we will again read about tragedy in Greece as the mudslides begin.

Soon there will be elections in Greece. This disaster has only added fuel to the fire (please excuse me) for the finger pointing about corruption which is actually a normal beast in the Greek political realm. The fact that many of these fires are suspicious and obviously arson is going to have some effect as well.

So sad.

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