Bashing Romania

This post is in english as it is aimed at english-talking people, of Romanian origin or not.

The last straw for me was this piece of pseudo-news about the american troops stationed in Romania. I don’t usually read such sites, but I received the link from someone, and read it with some interest.

It’s no news to me that Romania is one of the most corrupt countries in the world – but it is not the most corrupt, as even the “Stars and stripes” tend to see (their very owned Iraq looks as one of the most corrupt there. Read the article for more details).

So not the corruption charges are those that occur to me. We do have a problem, and we very well know it. But they have a problem too, and I would like to point that to them.

  • 13000 EUR are not 9000$ – Make that 19000$. Who gets the 10000$ difference, the brainwashed ‘stars and stripes’ audience I guess.
  • Corruption usually affects all those involved. Are you sure that your soldiers didn’t keep something for themselves?
  • The episode of the ‘stars and stripes soldiers’ that start a fist-fight with the bartender and the bouncers of the place – well, 300 RON is not much for two bottles of whiskey in a bar.
  • And going about reckless american soldiers in Romania, how about this piece of news? What was the punishment for a romanian soldier killing a US citizen? The same that Christopher Van Goethem received?

That’s about it with my hustle with ‘stars and stripes’ – some kind of US patriotic bullshit that is…

But I have one more thing to say, and I want to keep this in my ‘english entry’: one more word for many of the romanians that leave the country and bash it as much as they can. It seems that bashing Romania becomes a sport, but sadly it has no winners, only a lot of contestants. And we aim for the sport with the most contestants in the world. Easier to do than soccer, more violent than rugby. It will make you more socially acceptable in the eyes of the foreigners. Of course, because bashing your own roots is something necessary for your loyality to your second hand citizenship to another country.

I won’t give names on that. It is not important whose name is there, who is not named, people know themselves and will answer if they feel touched by my words. But there is one thing they should remember. They will always be considered second hand citizens.

The saddest thing is that you have no idea who you bow to. Look at this, “The chaser’s war on everything”, a show that I love and watch because they do offer it online 😉 ; they had a small test for their own citizens

So to my fellow romanians – these people you bow to. For these kind of people you bash your country – I hope you make them happy and oh happiness, oh joy, you will be a lot happier there.

I am not aiming for silly patriotism or patrioretardism. I looking for a bit of balance there. Usually the people that leave Romania and bash it are the ones that usually profitted most from the leftist views in health and education – usually they had their degrees obtained at no cost, and more, with scholarships granted by the state. Again, the example I will keep to myself, although I have to bite my tongue not to say it.

Oh well… a fun day for bashing Romania. Everyone, have fun 🙂

Comments

Bashing Romania — 10 Comments

  1. “That apparent endemic corruption may be one reason why two unprepossessing wooden observation towers, recently placed on a firing range now used by American soldiers in an exercise of U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Task Force East, cost 13,000 euro — or more than $9,000 each.”
    I think they mean 13000€ both, which means more than $9000 each. 😉
    Will prepare a comment for the rest, later today!

  2. This is ridiculously funny 🙂

    One of the most corrupted countries ranks at position 69th in their corruption top.

    However the most corrupted is at position 170.

    So we would have a whole lot of countries (101) more corrupted than “one of the most corrupted”. And we have only about half of that (68) less corrupted countries.

    So it looks like Romania (which ranks in the *first third* in that top) dictates where the “most corrupted” countries in the world list starts and then 2/3 of the world’s countries follow, all being more corrupted than “one of the most corrupted”.

    These people are really not that smart, are they?

  3. 100% with you, Raul. The numbers are true, and of course nobody notices it.
    But we still have a bad image, a bad record, and there is a lot of bad feelings from the ones that leave – and leave because they are frustrated with living here.

  4. These are typical stereotypes. The bad image you mentioned about, comes sometimes from truth, but also many times comes from some facts that are artificially created or over-rated. It’s easy for them to stay in America or whatever other place and judge a nation from so many miles away, not knowing in fact the reality. I bet they don’t even know where Romania (or Africa) is.

    Please take a look at this:

    http://www.familyresource.com/blog/2006/05/11/romania-violates-rights-of-infants-and-children-with-disabilities/

    How do you comment? Look at the remarks left by others. My question is: ok, you are finger pointing, but what are you going to do about it? Some are praying (good enough for them), some are crying… As well you are banned for an opinion (see the last comment). This is obviously a stereotype. They only want you to see what they want. They take one or two isolated cases and make out of it a widespread situation.

  5. From the beginning I should mention that I’m studying in France and that I’m a Romanian.

    I can’t say that there is no corruption in the French system and that there is no bureaucracy. But certainly things are going better, compared to Romania.
    The thing that I hate most in Romania is the way they treat you when you go to a public office. The attitude is despicable. I once went to pay some taxes and, even though I was giving them money, they almost treated me like I was crap. No respect! You will not see this in France. It’s out of the question.

    I quote “usually they had their degrees obtained at no cost, and more, with scholarships granted by the state.” Romania doesn’t care that I’m studying in France. Makes one less student to pay for at the University and one less student to give a scholarship to. When I come to Romania, because I am not a student there and even though I have my French student card, I do not apply for the student discount on train transport. This is stupid. In France I would.

    On the other hand, today I had a Management & Negotiation course, where the teacher gave us a hint on how to make sure that we will be treated first when we call for a rendez-vous. The hint was (will give it in English, not French :d): “You know… secretaries are not like the bosses, the like it when they receive ‘gifts’. So, if you wish to have a better chance of obtaining faster a rendez-vous with the boss the next time, you could give her a box of chocolate bonbons the first time you see her!” (something like that). The idea was… why not “buy” her with a gift. I will let you conclude!

    I don’t think that by going to study (and after, work and live) in a foreign country means BASHING Romania! I will always love it for it’s superb scenery, for it’s people (you can generally rely on people you know, they are kind and welcoming), for being the place where I was born – it’s were my roots are and will always be.

  6. Bogdan, I wasn’t by all means referring to you. I was, instead, referring to some other person that you don’t know and have no ties with him. Nor other people that did the same.
    I didn’t even say that we’re not corrupt. We are. But, as Raul calculated, we’re by far not the worst country in the world – and there are quite some steps forward made.
    And to add a bit of gasoline on the situation, I never paid those ‘gifts’. I was lucky, I am sure that I am one of the few, and I don’t say that nobody in my family didn’t pay for certain gifts. But I didn’t and I won’t.
    And since you’re not there throwing shit on your roots, I don’t see why you would consider one of my targets. You’re not, and we all thank god for that 😉

  7. I didn’t considered myself a true target :”>! But I was between the ones that “fled” the country :d!

  8. Oh the joy! I have to do this! “I won’t give names on that. It is not important who’s name is there, who is not named…” I guess you meant “whose name is there”. Ah, I feel so damn good about catching that! And you also missed a capital “r” in “Romania” at the end of the text.

    As for bashing Romania, well I will give you my universal argument: it’s all about education and it’s all about the way you filtered that education through your own ‘filter’ (your brain, that is). That’s the thing, education is almost always flawed and it’s up to you, the individual, to keep the good and kick out the bad of it. Bashing Romania might be a sport, lucky for me I don’t enjoy sports that much. 😉

    Peace out!

  9. thanks for the correction, I updated the text.
    The education or lack of education may indeed be the problem, but I suspect that this is precisely education. We are ‘educated’ to destroy our own roots. Because without roots, where do you get your water from? 😛