Saturday, 1 September 2007
Greece will repair itself and a better country will emerge from last week's devastating fires in the Peloponnese and Evia. The pride of villagers and the heroism of firefighters was moving and this whole episode has prompted us to love and appreciate Hellas even more. Cypriot firefighters and civil defence volunteers were active on all fronts and were credited with saving lives and property with their endeavour and devotion to duty. Their determination to play their part also revealed the underlying and undying Cypriot commitment to Hellenic unity.
The first Greeks to settle in Cyprus 3,500 years ago were from Arcadia in the central Peloponnese, and it was one of those inspiring ironies which only Greeks with our long and complex history can produce and understand that directed that the descendants of these Mycenaean colonists were now called back to fight for and preserve the land of their ancestors.
The photo above shows Cypriot firefighters tackling the Andritsena blaze.
Here's Victor Davis Hanson's take on the fires.