Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Greece, Macedonia, name issue

Macedonian perception of the name dispute can be described using the following fable. The Greek excuses for inciting the name issue sound childish, irrational and irrelevant precisely for the reason they are. Macedonia has never attempted to monopolize the word Macedonia, nor prevent anyone else, including Greece, from using elements of the world heritage left by the ancients. On to the fable...

Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

The Wolf and the Lamb

ONCE upon a time a Wolf was lapping at a spring on a hillside when, looking up, what should he see but a Lamb just beginning to drink a little lower down. “There’s my supper,” thought he, “if only I can find some excuse to seize it.” Then he called out to the Lamb, “How dare you muddle the water from which I am drinking?”
“Nay, master, nay,” said Lambikin; “if the water be muddy up there, I cannot be the cause of it, for it runs down from you to me.”
“Well, then,” said the Wolf, “why did you call me bad names this time last year?”
“That cannot be,” said the Lamb; “I am only six months old.”
“I don’t care,” snarled the Wolf; “if it was not you it was your father;” and with that he rushed upon the poor little Lamb and—
ate her all up. But before she died she gasped out—