A matter of principle

Recent comments by certain politicians who suggested that too much is being made of the continued detention of two Greek soldiers in a Turkish prison because they accidentally strayed across the border into Turkey while on patrol during a storm are completely outrageous.

No self-respecting country can possibly view such a development as anything other than serious. Other countries that are esteemed by the world and have a sense of decency go to great lengths when it comes to bringing their soldiers back home, even when they have fallen in the line of duty.

But the kind of unfettered cynicism we have witnessed in response to the arrest of the two Greek soldiers is indicative of a serious crisis of values that threatens to eat away at everything.