What Makes a Nation Great?

Remember that great quote about what it takes to be a real country?  I remember it as a Dave Barry but several Internet sites attribute it to Frank Zappa:

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

Well, that belief is alive and well in Tanzany.  Exhibit 1: Friday’s editorial in The Citizen, entitled “Improve the Transport System or We’re Doomed”.  

Those who care for this nation are concerned that we don’t have an airline to talk about, for Air Tanzania Company Limited (ACTL), sad to say is virtually dead!  Tanzania must revive its airline.  An airline is not only about transport; it is also about national pride.  Like other proudly independent countries, ours too must have a national flag carrier!

So the government is planning to blow another $141 $14.1 million on Air Tanzania.  Maybe they should think about changing the mascot while they’re at it.

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