The Little Engine That Couldn’t (Part Two)
Some would expect this piece better should have been called ‘Greek Tragedy.’ But It’s all tragic-comic to me, and the first installment (part one) had been in the format of a satirical fairy tale. At the point of this part two, the fairy tale had simply degenerated to Greek self-delusions –
The Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, has a blog where my comments pointing to certain realities never post. So, I’m taking care of that here with commenting on number two of his ‘Why we recommend a NO in the referendum – in six short bullet points’ in his latest post.
2) The IMF, the United States’ government, many other governments around the globe, and most independent economists believe — along with us — that the debt must be restructured.
My comment that will almost certainly not post:
I wonder how that explains the IMF taking a hardline on other points (esp taxes.) BTW trusting the USA at face value is to ignore the history of egregious lies coming out of the Department of State. If the USA actually wanted Europe to move in Greece’s direction, they’d have snapped their fingers and Europe would roll over like the well trained dog it demonstrates itself on other issues.
I don’t know who Varoufakis’ propagandists are, or if he comes up with the often foolish nonsense at his blog, bearing no resemblance to reality. While beginning with principled demands, the Greeks had moved, moved, moved towards the hardline demanded by the ‘troika’ which had been obviously negotiating in bad faith. There was never any purpose other than to destroy the Greek ‘pesky left’ intended by ‘Europe’ or better said closet fascist corporate oligarchy with a blueprint designed to break Greece into pieces to be served up at future ‘privitization’ party.
Insisting Greece is integral to the Euro Zone, Alex Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis had by turns, begged, moved towards the ‘troika’ position, threatened, moved towards the ‘troika’ position, thrown tantrums, moved towards the ‘troika’ position and the ‘troika’ essentially never budged.
Now, after promising a referendum, they believe they are somehow bargaining from a position of strength that will require a new and more equitable deal for Greece.
News for the ‘boys’ is this; there is none and never will be any intention of the ‘troika’ other than making a living hell of Greece to send a message to the rest of the PIGS: DON’T DARE EVEN THINK ABOUT EXERCISING INDEPENDENCE OR SOVEREIGNTY.
That Tsipras and Varoufakis would not know this by now is nearly incomprehensible, and the idea they would not step up and state this to the Greek people recalls the brilliance of Thomas Paine, one of the truly great legends in the annals of the principles of democracy Greece claims to have midwifed:
“It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime” -Thomas Paine
In fact Greece has two possibilities; 1) exit with the hope of recovering after a sharp increase in hardships, shorter term, followed by recovery (e.g. Argentina) or 2) perpetual debt slavery within the EU.
But the 1st option is harder than even the difficulties presented on face value. Were Greece to exercise the option of recovering their national sovereignty, there is little question those intelligence agency integrated dark corporate forces comprising a ‘deep state’ within the western democratic structures would act – along the lines of ‘color revolution’
For an excellent description of what’s really happened to Greece, in plain language, here’s the experts (link)
^ Best article I’ve seen but for the small problem Tsipras and Varoufakis had consistently caved to the pressures and blackmails brought to bear, always moving in the direction of ‘troika’ demands whereas the ‘troika’ never budged (part two of the article is more or less worthless)
But then I found an even better article HERE
^ “That is to say, it [the IMF] already knew back then that the bailout executed in 2010 would push Greece even further into debt. Which is the exact opposite of what the bailout was supposed to do.
“The 2010 bailout was the one that allowed private French, Dutch and German banks to transfer their liabilities to the Greek public sector, and indirectly to the entire eurozone‘s public sector. There was no debt restructuring in that deal”
The little engine that couldn’t (episode 1)
The little engine that couldn’t (episode 3)