Walther von Oldenburg wrote:Ukronazis... If Russia invaded Romania, Romanian army would not stand for more than a week.
Jesus, this is like trying to jest for the sake of it. In a very informal discussion with former "Regime" guys, mid-range/high range officials, none Securitate, they said it litterally. Romania is a shadow of its former self. IT IS A FACT. You don't like it, they don't like it, I don't like it. Because these guys albeit commies, were nationalistic as hell. I can relate to these people. These guys were the reason, while strolling down in Bucuresti I felt at home. That and the filth and corruption you could breathe and smell on any corner (but that's another issue).
I'm not CALLING FOR AN AGRESSION against Romania. Read again. The state of Romanian military, economy and State is sadly very bad. The demography is even worse, nonwithstanding the exodus. I know that, Albania is in the same damn state (we lost 400K people in two years - for a 3.1/2 million population by 2013). It is a catastrophe on the national level for Albania and for Romania.
There is nothing elese but the truth here. These were and are my friends. These people that New Romania tried actively to jail, kill, humiliate have gotten money, power and insight all these years. As their guest they showed me the hidden part of EuroStat BS. The truth behind the Romanian "miracle";
Chill ain't nobody drive-bying Romania.
Well, then it's perfectly understandable. Your friends showed you the EuroStat BS but I suppose they forgot to show you their own BS. 'Cause, to me, Romania's former self meant waiting in line for hours and hours to buy the most basic goods (just imagine the fun I had when after three hours of waiting I was getting nuthin'), attending my classes with my coat and gloves on, sleeping with three sweaters on and fighting for the right to take a shower during the daily hour when the hot water was running. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine entering a shop and finding it completely empty? Did your friends tell you that after the fall of communism, we crossed into the neighboring countries (even into Moldova) and we bought all the food we could carry? Even today the foreigners are wondering why we spend so much on household heating as it's much cooler in their own homes: that's why. Because once upon a time we used to freeze. But of course, some people didn't freeze and didn't starve back then as someone up there loved them. The Party, usually.
So you see, the coin has two sides. You took a stroll through Bucharest and didn't like what you saw? You should've done it before 1990 as to have the opportunity to compare things. I'm not happy with the current state of things. But I was miserable with the previous. I'm not at all surprised to see things dangerously tilting towards foreign economic enslavement: after such regime as was the communist regime in its last 10 years, you get scarred for life. It takes a while to get back our bearings. The good news is that we spent our entire documented existence trying to recover after traumatic events (in the beginning of the nineteenth century all the foreign travelers were weeping at the sight of us and the demography was declining waaay worse than today), so I'm not getting desperate. We'll pull it through somehow.