Romanian Survival Book

January 30, 2007

Looking back to 1989

Filed under: Politics — darian @ 3:32 pm

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I think it is the right time to look back to 1989, particularly now when you finally joined Europe…or just the European Union, you choose. Some people may argue that is no point of looking at the past, but I think past is what makes the present more often than not; however in the case of Romania surely does.


I was planning to upload this video during the Christmas time when would have been perhaps more in tune with the celebration of 16 years since the Revolution but I could not pull myself together lately with this blog, partly because I somehow lost the interest, partly because I have been confiscated by so many other things to do. But…I really don’t like to abandon things already started, I re-found today the energy and the interest to continue this project. Looking on the blog stats I have discovered that 365 people viewed this blog in one single day and that there are readers each day and people signing for feed. That is something of a responsibility, so I should be sorry for leave it hanging for so long. I shall try to be more consistent.


Why is it the right time to look back to 1989 and why I uploaded this video? First of all, I do not share the statement in the title -Heroes for Nothing- as I wouldn’t be here writing on a blog today if the people who died were for nothing…that is at first glance, a superficial one. Beyond that, yes, we have a dysfunctional unfinished democracy; our politicians should go back to school, so many of them; we are tired and bored with the never ending war between the government and the President. There seems to be nothing new, as in Romania every single government we had it lived with the Damocles sword hanging above and with endless underground arrangements. Moreover, we never actually had an alliance that worked and no longer than yesterday the Democrats split with the Liberals….no surprise.


Looking back to 1989, almost the same people were actively moving politics around: the actual president Basescu, the former president Iliescu, the underground securitate people, and the underground illicit business mobs. Obviously, the stakes are higher today, so the struggle has become ruthless. Only a couple of new elements: a manipulative blonde with the affectation of a political mastermind and the background of wanabee someone someday is stirring things up every now and then and people seem to pay attention as she is the un-official spokesperson of President Basescu. So very Balkan, so very messy. Considering these, yes, the people out on the streets in 1989 died almost for nothing. Our political elite are nothing of elite. I almost lost hope that we will have one. The people with potential I know don’t mingle; those with the pose of new elite have the same characteristics: shallowness, disrespect for their own words, self centred on their own interests only, precisely business, loud and empty. I am utterly bored with them. But….maybe that is the path: this is the country; these are the people, so we deal with what we have. Who doesn’t like it is often told to leave. If you choose to stay, God help you.



  1. Romania is still struggling with its dark past, with the almost unbearable inheritance. Only 16 years afer the revolution it is remarkable that so many Romanians I spoke with, are not interested in what happened then, or are not willing to talk about. Let is rest, they say, what’s done is done, we have to go on with our lives, don’t stir up the past again looking for the ones responsible to bring them to justice, or at least condemn them.

    There are on the other hand a minority of (younger) people who care, who ask questions, who want the thruth to be revealed, but they are also discouraged by the political climate, and their leading icons and they choose not to interfere. In this climate a colourful group from very different ideological backgrounds struggles for power which leads to fortune, for their 15 minutes of fame, for the warm comfortable light of the spotlights which is kindly offered by the press.

    Eternal respect for those who gave their lives for freedom. You can overthrow a dictatorship, but it’s more, much more harder to overthrow a mentality which has grown as a cancer into the minds and habits of a few generations.

    Comment by Peter — January 31, 2007 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  2. I mean no offense by this question but why is Dr. Evil (from austin powers) in the video?

    Comment by jon — February 2, 2007 @ 4:33 am | Reply

  3. The YouTube video is dead. 😦

    Comment by thebookguy — March 8, 2007 @ 6:01 am | Reply

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