Monday, September 17, 2012

Greek Islands...To sell or not to sell?!?

Lately, looking at the news, we see that the Greeks might offer up islands to keep creditors at bay. Out of the 6.000 Greek islands, only 227 are inhabited. Thus there is a privatisation scheme which has a potential for exploiting the, mainly uninhabited islands, through sale or long term lease. However, we need to understand what this means for both Greece and the Greeks. 

These islands are where legend and history meet. "Beautiful from the beginning to the dimensions of the heart," is how Odysseus Elytis (a famous modern Greek poet) described his native land. Each island in the Aegean and the Ionian Seas are unique and diverse. Radiant sunlight, magnificent blue seas, rough rocks and rugged landscape are the essential elements of the Greek islands. Far from the crowds and city rush these lands are the Greece we all yearn to escape away to, a place to slip into an older way of living. It is Greece as it truly is. 
If it is true that the eyes are the window to the soul to the human soul, then the sea is the window to the soul of Greece. Surrounded by deep, beautiful water, a sense of tranquillity permeates the area. It is true that Greece, through its mainland and its countless islands, offers a tapestry of visual delight. Because of these reasons it is important that any privatization project, that will take place, will be done carefully and with respect to the history and integrity of Greece.

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