In just the last few days, the Syriza government has had the gall to actually go back to the EU and sit down to draw up a new deal for debt repayment by the Greek nation... This was a surrender by the Syriza government to these scoundrels, as the new "deal" that was suddenly reached just yesterday was basically the same "deal" that was originally proposed by the criminal IMF that would see Greece be permanently enslaved to debt.... AND for the Syriza government to return to the "bargaining table" is a slap in the face for all Greeks who voted overwhelmingly to tell their own government to not deal, period.... Basically, the Syriza government has just went against the will of the people of Greece, and the people should throw these bastards out of office in Athens immediately! That, or take to the streets in a new revolution to have these criminals forced out of office...
To help understand that this move by the Syriza government in Athens is nothing short of a surrender to the criminal IMF, I want to present the newest article by John Pilger, who writes over at the Global Research website, at www.globalresearch.ca.... His article is entitled: "The Problem Of Greece Is Not Only A Tragedy, It Is A Lie" and I have it right here for all of my own readers to view for themselves... I have my own thoughts and comments as usual to follow:
The Problem of Greece Is Not Only a Tragedy. It Is a Lie
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pushed through parliament a proposal to cut at least 13 billion euros from the public purse – 4 billion euros more than the “austerity” figure rejected overwhelmingly by the majority of the Greek population in a referendum on 5 July.
These reportedly include a 50 per cent increase in the cost of healthcare for pensioners, almost 40 per cent of whom live in poverty; deep cuts in public sector wages; the complete privatization of public facilities such as airports and ports; a rise in value added tax to 23 per cent, now applied to the Greek islands where people struggle to eke out a living. There is more to come.
“Anti-austerity party sweeps to stunning victory”, declared aGuardian headline on January 25. “Radical leftists” the paper called Tsipras and his impressively-educated comrades. They wore open neck shirts, and the finance minister rode a motorbike and was described as a “rock star of economics”. It was a façade.
They were not radical in any sense of that cliched label, neither were they “anti austerity”.
For six months Tsipras and the recently discarded finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, shuttled between Athens and Brussels, Berlin and the other centres of European money power. Instead of social justice for Greece, they achieved a new indebtedness, a deeper impoverishment that would merely replace a systemic rottenness based on the theft of tax revenue by the Greek super-wealthy – in accordance with European “neo-liberal” values — and cheap, highly profitable loans from those now seeking Greece’s scalp.
Greece’s debt, reports an audit by the Greek parliament, “is illegal, illegitimate and odious”. Proportionally, it is less than 30 per cent that of the debit of Germany, its major creditor. It is less than the debt of European banks whose “bailout” in 2007-8 was barely controversial and unpunished.
For a small country such as Greece, the euro is a colonial currency: a tether to a capitalist ideology so extreme that even the Pope pronounces it “intolerable” and “the dung of the devil”. The euro is to Greece what the US dollar is to remote territories in the Pacific, whose poverty and servility is guaranteed by their dependency.
In their travels to the court of the mighty in Brussels and Berlin, Tsipras and Varoufakis presented themselves neither as radicals nor “leftists” nor even honest social democrats, but as two slightly upstart supplicants in their pleas and demands. Without underestimating the hostility they faced, it is fair to say they displayed no political courage. More than once, the Greek people found out about their “secret austerity plans” in leaks to the media: such as a 30 June letter published in the Financial Times, in which Tsipras promised the heads of the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF to accept their basic, most vicious demands – which he has now accepted.
When the Greek electorate voted “no” on 5 July to this very kind of rotten deal, Tsipras said, “Come Monday and the Greek government will be at the negotiating table after the referendum with better terms for the Greek people”. Greeks had not voted for “better terms”. They had voted for justice and for sovereignty, as they had done on January 25.
The day after the January election a truly democratic and, yes, radical government would have stopped every euro leaving the country, repudiated the “illegal and odious” debt – as Argentina did successfully — and expedited a plan to leave the crippling Eurozone. But there was no plan. There was only a willingness to be “at the table” seeking “better terms”.
The true nature of Syriza has been seldom examined and explained. To the foreign media it is no more than “leftist” or “far left” or “hardline” – the usual misleading spray. Some of Syriza’s international supporters have reached, at times, levels of cheer leading reminiscent of the rise of Barack Obama. Few have asked: Who are these “radicals”? What do they believe in?
In 2013, Yanis Varoufakis wrote:
“Should we welcome this crisis of European capitalism as an opportunity to replace it with a better system? Or should we be so worried about it as to embark upon a campaign for stabilising capitalism? To me, the answer is clear. Europe’s crisis is far less likely to give birth to a better alternative to capitalism …
“I bow to the criticism that I have campaigned on an agenda founded on the assumption that the left was, and remains, squarely defeated …. Yes, I would love to put forward [a] radical agenda. But, no, I am not prepared to commit the [error of the British Labour Party following Thatcher’s victory].
“What good did we achieve in Britain in the early 1980s by promoting an agenda of socialist change that British society scorned while falling headlong into Thatcher’s neoliberal trip? Precisely none. What good will it do today to call for a dismantling of the Eurozone, of the European Union itself …?”Varoufakis omits all mention of the Social Democratic Party that split the Labour vote and led to Blairism. In suggesting people in Britain “scorned socialist change” – when they were given no real opportunity to bring about that change – he echoes Blair.
The leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind – but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberals groomed to comply with neo-liberal drivel and a social engineering whose authentic face is that of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany’s finance minister, an imperial thug. Like the Labour Party in Britain and its equivalents among those former social democratic parties still describing themselves as “liberal” or even “left”, Syriza is the product of an affluent, highly privileged, educated middle class, “schooled in postmodernism”, as Alex Lantier wrote.
For them, class is the unmentionable, let alone an enduring struggle, regardless of the reality of the lives of most human beings. Syriza’s luminaries are well-groomed; they lead not the resistance that ordinary people crave, as the Greek electorate has so bravely demonstrated, but “better terms” of a venal status quo that corrals and punishes the poor. When merged with “identity politics” and its insidious distractions, the consequence is not resistance, but subservience. “Mainstream” political life in Britain exemplifies this.
This is not inevitable, a done deal, if we wake up from the long, postmodern coma and reject the myths and deceptions of those who claim to represent us, and fight.
NTS Notes: I have been so sickened by the lies of the Jew spew media that continues to say that this "bailout" and "austerity" that is being hammered out right now in the EU is "good" for Greece... Nothing could actually be further from the truth...
Lets face the facts here... This "odious" debt load that the criminally Jewish run IMF is demanding of Greece to repay is not the fault of the Greek people, period... Odious debt is under international law not the responsibility of any nation's people to ever have to repay... In fact nations have it in their rights to absolutely cancel all odious debts immediately and reset their debt to basically zero.....
A real Greek government with balls would have told the IMF to stick their debt where the sun does not shine, take Greece out of the EU and the Rothschild private army called NATO, and seek union with the BRICS nations... Instead these scumbags in the Syriza government show that they have no backbone and are willing to again surrender Greece to the monsters that created their debt in the first place...
Yes, this action by the Syriza government is basically an act of treason and a direct defiance of the will of the Greek people.... Now is the time for the Greek people to take the proper action and throw these bums out immediately... BUT, they must be cautious when they remove Tsipras and his other cronies from the Greek parliament, for the United States and the other Jew run EU nations would quickly move to fill the vacuum by placing a new puppet in as Prime Minister.....
The Greek people had spoken and now it is time for them to take action...
More to come