Nice Words With No Substance
References to the strength and the abilities of the Greek Diaspora are common in the homeland, and have been repeated monotonously for decades now. These references come from practically all of the political parties. However, since deeds do not follow upon words, all this amount to little more than lip service. I happened to have the opportunity to discuss this issue with a member of the Greek American Community who is very well informed of the strength of the Greeks in America. Who is involved with businessmen and executives in Fortune 500 companies. Who knows professors of all specialities at the most important educational institutions in the country and at Think Tanks. And my question was: how can Greece not utilize some of those people - especially now - and rely on foreigners instead? How can it not proclaim a national crusade? And while I was thinking about this, here is what Prime Minister George Papandreou - a Greek American - told the newspaper "Proto Thema" about this matter. "I spent this first years of my life as a Greek of the Diaspora. Although I was far away from Greece, I knew that Hellenism could achieve great things... " So why doesn't he utilize a successful member of the Diaspora with prestige in the area of finance in important positions, i.e., the finance ministry?