Monday, May 23, 2011

How many eggs has the stolen hen still got?

If any...
Today I was at a meeting with some important people from our national bank. There, I raised the issue of the Romanian Treasure, which was taken to Russia on the 27th of july 1917, and never returned, except for a small part. The answer I heard was amusing, but at the same time, dissapointing. But, let's not forget, it's not BNR's fault. This answer was given to me under the form of a story in which, during a certain high level meeting, one Romanian official was told that Romania should keep on stressing the fact that when Poland gave it's treasure to Romania, during the Second World War, Romania gave it back. So, that would be a good argument to give to Russia, maybe this way they would sympathise with us. Doubt that.
First of all, when I heard the estimated value of this treasure two weeks ago - 3 billion Eur, I was stupefied. It seemed such a small value for the following:
  • 1738 boxes containing Romania's gold reserves (314.580.456 Lei)
  • 2 boxes containing the jewels of Queen Maria (7.000.000 Lei)
  • 188 boxes containing property belonging to the Romanian National bank - including gold, deeds, deposits, etc. (1.593.762.197,52 Lei)
  • 1621 boxes containing cash, jewelry, paintings, and other assets (7.500.000.000. Lei)
A staggering total of 3549 boxes, or two train wagons in which only the gold Lei were worth at that time 9.416.417.177,93 Lei! Try to bring this up to date, to current values..

As for the other goods, they are inestimable. In other words, there were approx. 91 tons of gold coins and 2,4 tons of gold bullion. This is worth around 10 billion Euro, and not 3, a fact confirmed by national and international experts in numismatology. So, 10 certain billion Euro plus an inestimable value in works of art, documents and other goods, equals? Surely a lot.
And even if we were to ignore the monetary value, it would still be a matter of intrinsic value, artistic value, historic value, and, most important - it's our property!
But, as the people from BNR put it - let's not be naive. I'm sure that all those works of art will not be returned, because in all these years, they must have been scattered throughout the world. The russian state makes reference only to the metal part of the Treasure. The rest is forgotten.
It's a bit late now, so I won't keep on writing too much. The question I want to raise is: Why the hell are we such a weak state? Why can't we just take advantage of what we have, claim what is rightfully ours and set our place as it should be, not just the ass kissers of Europe? And they wonder why the good people leave the country...
I leave you to read some interesting facts about this treasure. Let you decide, like I did, about the situation. I left the BNR discussions with a large grin on my face. It was that of disgust.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Nobody's country. Everybody's purse.

I sit amazed by the sheer hipocrisy of the people involved in Romanian politics. Some years ago, I would have been outraged by the nerve these people have, when they laugh and defy us smiling, continuing their theft and plunder. But now, I smile back, because I see that this country is nobody's land. Everybody can ignore the law and do whatever they wish.
The amount of money Romania has to collect from debtor countries rounds up a staggering 9 billion dollars. Our debt? More than 90 billion. If we were to stop borrowing money, and start recovering our liabilities, there would be only 81 billion dollars in debt. Still an astounding sum of money, owed to the IMF and other predators, but nevertheless smaller. But, Romania, in my opinion, is the weakest state in existence. Our people, the stupidest people. Older people say: "It's up to you, the new generation, to do things better here. You're our hope". What a load of crap! All young people wish to do is get the hell out of here, out of this place where people trash our history, despise our culture, and ignore the huge potential this country has.
A lot of people still live with the impression that the revolution was our product. Wrong. We were mere puppets. But, ignoring these facts, I want to stress out the fact that Ceasusescu left us with no debt whatsoever, only with liabilities to collect. He left us with a strong industry, with a top state agriculture. What do we have now? Did you know that a recent study ranked Romania no. 12 in the top of countries threatened by malnourishment, by hunger?
How can that be? With all of our land? With our huge potential to feed not only ourselves, but a great deal of Europe and the world as well? And the ministers laugh! Yesterday, I heard on the radio, at the Agraria expo in Cluj, a poor peasant who told the current minister of agriculture, in a very pitiful tone, that "You promised to help us. You lied to us!" And you know what he said? "So?" And he was laughing, he was despising the poor man. But that man was the voice of many others. These scums of the earth, who rule us, are full of empty promises, and they just steal as much as they can, without doing anything for our country. Ok! You wanted that revolution! But why the hell didn't you keep the infrastructure, the industry, everything that Ceausescu built for us? They just stole everything! And now, we're the laughing stock of Europe.
We wanted to join the EU. We yurned for it. We did everything they told us to do. And what did we get in change? We can not work abroad, we still have to show our ID when leaving the country, we import all their merchandise, and we don't have anything to say about it, because we're too small. Mr. Stefan Andrei, the former Minister of External Affairs, during Ceausescu's time, who is a man I deeply admire, explained to us in a very simple way, that we have no benefits from this adhering. Just look him up on youtube and google, and you'll understand so much more about our past and present, and about this very valuable man.
I keep watching "Romania, te iubesc" on Pro Tv. I'm astounded by what they uncover, and yet still nobody does anything about what they show. They revealed not once details about Romania's illegal deforesting, with critical facts, data, names, videos and so on. Nobody from any Ministry did something. They simply ignore everything. And you know what's the "funniest" thing? That even if all the old politicians were to suddenly disappear, the young ones would hardly do anything different, because they're almost all the same. Trust me, I had the chance to see many of them in "action", speaking what they were taught by their "elders".
We live in one of the richest countries in the world, when it comes to natural wealth. We have a very good geopolitical position. We have a lot of talented young people who would do something good for our country. But they can't because it's infested with both our citizens and foreigners, who steal, corrupt and mock us. We're nobody's land, certainly not our land! Italians call us thieves and murderers, but they keep on coming and making very profitable deals here. English people call us dirty and criminals, but they come here and rape our children. And this list can go on. When will we have the courage to stand up and do something about it? It's not about the conversation between me and the taxi driver, in which we talk about how nobody cares about Romania. It's not about what I write! It's about what we all do! We're a democracy. If we want to change things, we can. Nobody will shoot us. But, wait... The interests are too high for the politicians to want to change something. So, then? What will we do? We'll keep on winding about our pitiful faith, over a glass of beer, during a friendly conversation, or in the market. And that's it.
In the end, I think about all of our ancestors who tried to change something. I recall Mihai Viteazu, Horea, Closca and Crisan, Avram Iancu, and many others.. We betrayed them, we sent them into exile, we weren't worthy of them. We were always a people ruled by others, and when we had a chance to rule ourselves, we just didn't want to. And we still don't. I accept the fact that foreigners despise us. They sure do have why.