Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The post in which I indirectly make a reference to Peter Sellers

70 years after the end of the Second World War, the Greek government is claiming that Germany owes it $236 billion in war reparations. As of this afternoon, the issue is unresolved.

When hearing this news my first reaction was to think of The Mouse That Roared, a 1959 Peter Sellers comedy, in which the smallest country in the world, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, declares war on the United States. It plans to deliberately lose the war so it can receive American financial aid. This film very occasionally pops up on daytime weekend television.

Does the Greek government have a legitimate case against the German government, or is it desperately scrounging around for possible solutions to its dire fiscal problems?

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