I got to tell you I really am starting to really become a fan of the new PDL/UDMR Superstar Cabinet of Ministers™. This morning I had to laugh as I saw Gabriel Berca, the new Interior Minister, blast a bunch of complaining politicians in a videoconference with them yesterday afternoon:
Nu discutăm despre apocalipsă, ci intrăm într-o perioadă de cod portocaliu’, a spus Berca în videoconferinţa cu prefecţii din Bucureşti şi din cele 31 de judeţe care vor fi afectate de ninsorile abundente din zilele următoare.
“Să nu văd preşedinţi de consilii judeţene la TV. Nu este timp de aşa ceva. Nu vă faceţi campanie, nu avem timp de aşa ceva”, a mai fost mesajul ministrului în videoconferinţă.
In essence he said “It’s not the apocalypse, just “code orange” conditions for snow so quit grandstanding.” If there’s one thing Romanians love to do, it’s hyperventilate and exaggerate when it comes to problems, sheesh so I sure was glad to see this.
To his credit he also noted that things are far, far worse in neighboring Serbia (and Bosnia and Montenegro) where not only are they in “code red” conditions but that there is a state of emergency in place and citizens are being drafted to help remove the snow.
Meanwhile I’m sure most of you know that the Romanian Army has not only been helping remove the snow and dig out some communities but has been flying in tons of food that they are collecting from people in all major cities. Frankly I support this as well 100% but it’s interesting to note that if this were happening in the United States, there would be dark rumors about a fascist takeover of the nation.
Romania’s army thankfully doesn’t have a lot of actual fighting to do, or guarding against hostile neighbors. If their mission is to defend this country then flying in food and helping dig out isolated villages seems to be a very appropriate thing for them to do. It’s also one of those things that help the actual soldiers strengthen their bonds with the community. I remember full well talking to witnesses of the 1989 revolution here in Cluj and how the people who were shot during that week were killed by an army unit. It doesn’t seem like much of a risk now (thank goodness) but flying in food helps prevent future atrocities like that.
And the last piece of positive news that made me smile is watching all of the news channels fall over themselves by seeing who can deliver the most food to those poor souls trapped in the snow in southeastern Romania. Just about everybody wins in these kinds of competitions and it’s been great to see all of the people of Romania set aside their differences and chip in (as they always seem to do, which is awesome) to help out their fellow citizens in a time of need. Whether due to floods or mountains of snow, Romanians are surprisingly generous when it comes to donating food and supplies.
Great way to start off a Monday morning!