Marcy! Thanks for all the kind messages of support after yesterday’s post from my mailbag. It’s always good to know (some) people are out there and are so kind.
I’m going to resist my usual inclination and keep this as short as I can. 1) I’m cam greu de ucis and I promise you a few harsh words aren’t going to bowl me over. I appreciate the concern, I do, but I’ll be okay. And 2) I posted those letters because I do believe in free speech and appreciate what other people have to say, including those who do not agree with me (or partially disagree). I’m sure other people who didn’t write have the same feelings and so that’s why I posted the letters and responded to them.
My thanks go out to all the new members of the 37 Club (literally 20,000 people visited this blog in the last 3 days – wow!). I found a few new blog posts on other sites linking to it and I’m sure there are far more but I’m too retarded to figure out how to find them. Word I got was that Chinezu was one of them as well and if so, then my thanks. I’ve been supporting that guy since back in September 2010 when he came out in favor of “Let’s Do It, Romania!” unlike the fucking weasel Zoso, who is sadly confusing a long tail with people actually liking him ;)
Let’s move on from all the controversy though as there’s lots to discuss and explore here, including the Treaty of Trianon and just exactly what happened around these parts in World War I. It’s quite interesting that as I was researching one particular angle, I came across my (and your) old nemesis Mugur Isarescu.
I may get into it in a separate post or I may tie it into the upcoming Trianon one (mostly it’s a matter of length) but it does bring up an interesting question. Obviously the events of December 1, 1918 were momentous and one could argue that these deserve a national holiday (which it currently is). But why isn’t there a national holiday for the 1989 revolution? That’s where Isarescu comes in to play, by the way. You see plenty of wreaths laid and speeches given but it isn’t an official holiday. Why not?
I think the skeletons from 1918 are buried a little better is why. It’s easy to cheer for the union of Transylvania with the rest of Romania and yet it’s often forgotten that huge chunks of what was then already Romania are no longer so. I don’t have a map handy but trading Transylvania for parts of Dobrogea, Bucovina and Bessarabia might just about equal to an even swap in terms of hectares of land. Not exactly a total success and not one which you would think would make the top of the pile in terms of national holidays.
Kind of like poor old Iuliu Maniu, who has got a street named after him in every city in Romania and who was fucking there in 1918, eh? And yet he got treated rather poorly afterwards to say the least. There’s plenty of old ghosts buried from those events in 1918, same for 1989, but those guys are all long gone and I think that’s kind of what makes it easier to cheer for. Anyway, we’ll see as we get into that later.
Remembering to keep it short, thanks for your support and for your opinions, contrary to mine or otherwise. Lots of good things on the way, and if you look on the sidebar you’ll see a brand-new interview with me (in Romanian, sorry non-speakers) with Observatorul. All my stuff in Romanian can be found under the heading “My Stuff in Romanian”, surprisingly enough :P