May 22nd, 2021

Единственный европеец

К участникам римского Глобального саммита по вопросам здравоохранения (global health summit hosted by the European Commission and Italy for G20 countries) обратился британский премьер-министр Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

Александра де Пфеффеля зачин:

‘I want to remind everybody, certainly my fellow Europeans, that Western literature begins with a bitter political fight about how to handle a zoonotic plague because as you will recall, The Iliad, the fountainhead of Western literature, opens with a row between Achilles and Agamemnon after a fatal new zoonotic disease arrives, hitting first the mules and then the dogs and then the human beings.

‘And if you’ll recall Achilles is very much in favour of pulling out and he would have been very much in the pro-lockdown party and he says they need to get out of there, whereas Agamemnon vehemently disagrees and the bust up basically begins the whole conflict of The Iliad between the armies of the Greeks.

My point is that almost 2,800 years later the world has been just as disunited I’m afraid as Achilles and Agamemnon and I think now is the time to come together and to defeat the pandemic and to prevent another.’