A while ago I wrote about the effects of fuel tax in Greece and the environmental catastrophe that entailed. Now a more morbid reality emerges as in their attempt to keep warm people resort to old-fashioned methods that are clearly dangerous. In one case, 3 children aged 5, 7 and 15 lost their lives from smoke inhalation. Two days ago 2 students died of the same reason.
Last year an elderly person committed suicide in Syntagma Square protesting against the austerity imposed by the IMF, EU and the Greek government alike. Greece that prided itself on one of the lowest suicide rates in the world is unable to do so anymore.
However, the point I want to make here is different. While no one denies the devastating effect of austerity policies on the weakest members of the society, the Greek opinion makers have unleashed an unprecedented and systematic attack on the victims. Yes, even on the deceased. The dead students clearly have nobody but themselves to blame for not paying attention in physics at school, suicide victims suffer from mental disorders (therefore they would have killed themselves anyway) and protesters are communists seeking to establish a corrupt regime (assuming the existing regime is not corrupt enough).
The same people turn a blind eye to police practices such as torture and kidnapping. The media refrain from referring to such incidents and when they feel compelled to do so (cause the *bloody* social media won’t keep quiet) they refer to them as “isolated” despite their very frequent occurrence.
Needless to say how the result of the Italian elections was welcomed: Italian citizens are obviously immature little brats in need of discipline for electing “clowns” and “corrupt Mafiosos” instead of Merkel’s pet, Mario Monti. This unfortunate outcome also gets to show that democracy is an imperfect system. (This analysis of course fails to inform us on how successful or democratic Monti’s policies were.)
I could go on and on giving examples of the fierce way the establishment in Greece has (successfully, I have to admit) tried to protect its own. Instead, I will treat you to the country’s most typical dish, souvlaki, since I suspect it’s the only Greek invention left worth mentioning.
Preparation time 15 minutes
Marinating time 20 minutes Cooking time 1 minute 300 gr smoked pork chops 5 tomatillos, cut in half 2 zucchinis cubed
100 ml olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
10 wooden skewers
fresh thyme Parboil zucchini in salted water for 1’ and drain. Rinse immediately with cold water to retain color. Cut pork in 1cm cubes. Alternately thread onto each skewer 2 pieces of pork, 2 cubes of zucchini and half a tomato. Arrange souvlakia in a tray, drizzle with olive oil, season and sprinkle with thyme.
Allow to marinate for 20’, grill for 1’ and serve as finger food to friends and family.