Bucharest is being flooded with loads of violent, aggressive and corrupt criminals. Any sane immigration policy would have kept these people out of the country and turned them back at the airport, but Romania instead is welcoming them and even cleaning up the city before them to make their stay a happier one. "How many deaths are you responsible for, sir? Certainly, of course you may come in"
I'm talking of course of the various world leaders converging on Ceausescu's delightful Palace of the People to talk about expanding NATO or not expanding it or (in the case of Greece) to once again get pissed off about Macedonia being called Macedonia. Bush, Brown, Sarkozy, Putin. They're all here (I think Putin isn't here yet, but he's on his way).
In order to welcome these people (and I use the word reluctantly) the city has been tarted up a bit (new pavements have been laid, stuff has been painted, and the stray dogs have been ... well, I'm not sure what has happened to the stray dogs, have they been rounded up, shot, shipped off to somewhere else in Romania, painted a more pleasing colour? It's not clear to me). Roads have been closed all over the city - even to pedestrians, and schools and various organisations have been given the week off, so that the children and employees don't upset Laura Bush by being dressed better than her. One of the airports has been closed so that all the fancy aeroplanes can park there for the week, while the other one just has fewer flights, and heavy security. I think if I lived in Bucharest I'd be tempted to go out and demonstrate against all this stuff even if I didn't have any axe to grind with NATO.
Maybe they'll organise a trip for the assembled dignitaries to the airport at Constanta which was used as an impromptu torture camp by the US and its allies in its euphemistically named "extraordinary rendition programme". Allegedly.
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