Greece is Burning! Greece is BURNING!

AthensgreeceToday in our current event, we learned about fires in Greece that are threatening Ancient Ruins in Olympia. The government of Greece is rewarding up to a million euros ($ 1.36 million) to find the person that started the fire because of the fires almost burning down ancient artifacts where the first Olympics were held.

In class we talked about if we should care about the fire burning down parts of Greece. I think that we should care because it is burning down a historical landmark and it’s a part of history. But also we said that we shouldn’t care that much because it isn’t in our country. Then we talked about how the EU (European union) takes a part in the fire because Greece is a part of the EU. Fire fighters form 12 countries in the EU are helping to put out the fires in Greece.

The fires have killed over 57 people and the death toll will likely rise after the fire sweeps through another village. Some people have started using garden hoses and buckets of water to save their home from the fire and also to help put out the smaller parts of the fire. Villagers also have gotten so desperate they have started whacking deliberately at smaller fires with branches off bushes and trees.

Do you care about the fires in Greece that are burning down Historical landmarks??? Why or Why not???

Here’s what we think:

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4 Responses to Greece is Burning! Greece is BURNING!

  1. THE JOKER says:

    I think the u.s. should help greece becuase a counrty’s land marks are being burned. & I think that greece would help us if the statue of liberty were burning down.

  2. Shakesphere says:

    Here is another way of saying this is, if your Nabors house is burning down, do you call for help, or watch it in amazement thinking who cares.
    My opinion, YES! HELP THEM! People are dying! How would you like to be them, watching all of your actual interesting become ash. In a previous podcast you talked about how Amaricazation is taking control. This is a definition of it. All of the culture is burning away. In my opinion I would rather watch McDonalds burn down instead of culture.
    Which would you want to destroy, Burger king, or the cities of Greece?

  3. THE JOKER says:

    I’d rather destroy burger king than greece (even if batman would try to stop me) because greece has been on earth for a long time when burger king was made last century. also right now greece is destroying itself! but if I were batman(boo!)I wouldn’t destroy either.

  4. Skip rope says:

    A few thoughts…
    “In 2001, as President George W. Bush initiated the War on Terror (in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack targeting the U.S. Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the World Trade Center, New York) Simitis has shown full support in the U.S. fight against terrorism and toward the actions against the Afghanistan al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
    Greek troops were included in the international assistance security force in Afghanistan and the Greek government joined others in offering financial assistance for the families of victims of the New York attacks.”
    Greece has helped us during our largest national tragedy; I think it would be appropriate to help them in their time of need.

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