Something wonderful

Today something wonderful happened in Reykjavik. Thousands of people marched to the Parliament building to protest the economic disaster, some throwing eggs and tomatoes at the building. One humorist scaled the walls to hang the flag of Bonus, Baugur’s discount food store on the flag pole on the roof. According to those present, thing nearly could have boiled over but fortunately protesters and police kept calm.

That might not be the case next weekend.

Make no mistake about it. The dirt that keeps flowing from the undergrounds of governement and business in Iceland is awakening people to the realization that democracy and prosperity are not granted by birthright. Today, the NY Times quotes Jon Danielsson, economist at London School of Economics saying that no country has fallen as quickly and as hard in times of peace.

Meanwhile the government should soon realize that flat-screen TV’s and SUV’s are not going to be sufficient incentives to keep the eyes of their citizens away from what it has been doing in the last few years.


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