Thanks. Thanks a lot.
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I had been very calm lately. There was a reason for my calmness and my wonderful moods, my very own days of wine and roses as they'll be remembered, because I had quit watching television. Not American television, I don't watch that anyway, Greek television. And to be more specific, I had quit watching the news.
Oh the joy! The splendor of thinking all was well in my motherland and not having my blood boil with every emotional newscaster's yelling and screaming about the various subjects that attracted his wrath and condemnation on any given day!
I was still getting the news, unfortunately, through mama and grandma. But that's only a couple of times a week, and if I yell louder than them, I can get away with hearing only half of what they say. So I was almost at the point of canceling my satellite subscription actually, because I never watched Greek tv anymore and why should I be paying for something I don't use?
But there's a war on and as a semi-responsible blogging adult, I thought I should turn on my television. And so now I have a headache from listening to hysterical, screaming reporters yell loudly from Beirut, for hours on end, their eyes practically popping out of their heads in their rush to assure me how disproportionate Israel's response is. I've seen little chidren, in hospitals and refugee centers, and my heart bled for them. I saw dead bodies and ruined buildings, and the leaflets that the IDF has dropped in South Lebanon. I've seen people curse Israel and listened to the expert journalists/analysts explain to me that the Hezbollah are not really terrorists, they're Lebanon's Shiite military force. I didn't hear a word about the kidnapped Israeli soldiers though and no one mentioned that Lebanese politicians were aware of Nasrallah's plans
. After about 40 minutes or so where Israel was criticized to everyone's content, then, as an act of fair and responsible journalism, a couple of minutes were spent showing the rocket attacks in Nahariya that took place this afternoon.
Today Greece celebrated the anniversary of the restoration of democracy after years of dictatorship so of course the news covered the President's speech during the official ceremony. The speech came at the end of the news, as the closing snippet. The snippet they chose out of the whole speech had nothing to do with restoration of democracy in Greece. It had nothing to do with Greece, actually. The news showed Carolos Papoulias reading from his speech that "the last time the world saw collective punishment was in World War II. It's time for international diplomacy to intervene, immediately and stop this cycle of violence."
And maybe it wasn't a snippet. Maybe his whole speech was about Israel, how would I know? Anyway, whatever. I know to not expect anything better.
The reason I wanted to tell you all this is in case you notice I'm in a bad mood, don't blame me. Blame Hezbollah for making me turn on the fucking news.