…from the quill of Antisthenes
“Europe is the most important thing we have”, said Angela Merkel last month. Well, Germans always coveted it and now they have it. Almost. The acquisition is likely to end up as the last attempt, with Europe in ruins. There is an ancient adage: Be careful for what you wish – you may get it. Which reminds me:
A man sits on a park bench and on his knees is a miniature court, where pygmies play tennis. Another man sits next to him and stares in wonder,”How did you get this?” “Easy, there is an old wizard in the tree over there. Knock and ask. He’ll fulfil your one wish.” Somewhat doubtful, the man goes to the tree, knocks on it and is surprised to hear, “What do you want?” Shocked and confused, he points to the nearest environmental waste container, “I want this full of dollars.” Puff of smoke, and the container is full of doughnuts. The man turns to the other, “The old duffer must be deaf!” “Did you really think I asked for thirty centimetre ‘tennis’?
So not only you ought to consider your wishes carefully, you also ought to make sure you are not misunderstood. Germans always complain that they are misunderstood and sooner or later they will have another bit of supporting evidence. It is only a question of time, money printing presses notwithstanding, before the inevitable economic collapse spreads from Peloponnesus to the Italian and Iberian peninsulas at least. The Greeks were not allowed to reject the EU gift of Trojan horse in a referendum, which is a great pity. Citizens then would bear the responsibility for the consequences. Now they can safely keep on blaming the politicians, the banks, George W.Bush… you know the score. Cui bono? The string-pullers behind the Wall Street Unhappy Campers spring to mind.