GREECE: AN OCCUPIED COUNTRY FIGHTS ONBy Dr. Thomais Kakouli-DuarteGreece, a small and peaceful nation in the south of Europe, has fallen prey to theinternational money traders. An unprecedented and political crisis rocks the country aspeople are being driven to mass unemployment and poverty. Since the start of the crisis theGreek people have been portrayed as being lazy, wasteful, and thieves. This is part of aconcerted campaign of defamation by the international mainstream media, owned andcontrolled by the financial cartels, which aims to justify the fall of Greece. The Greeks arebeing treated as the cause of all evil for the euro-fiasco-project, while in fact it is the euro-fiasco-project that systematically destroyed Greece. At the same time, we witness not onlylack of solidarity towards Greece, but behaviours that nearly border racism, while the Greekpeople are “punished” for crimes that they did not commit.
Greece is in the brink of complete occupation, with lost sovereignty and with part of itsfinancial system to be controlled by British law. The protest marches in Greece, although intheir vast majority peaceful, are systematically hijacked by violent elements directed byexogenous control centres to destabilise the popular movement and to bring chaos andsocial unrest to the country. Thus, the dictatorship that governs Greece will soon“conveniently” invite foreign troops to “restore stability and order”. This could be anotherneo-colonial campaign, such as those we witnessed in recent years in the world, aiming toabolish nations and loot their resources.The troika-imposed “austerity” for nearly two years now has brought the Greeks inconditions that no people can accept and live under. There have been savage cuts ineducation, health care, pensions and the most vulnerable in the society have been affectedworst. But the troika claims this has not been enough. The “new austerity package”aproved by the Greek parliament on Feb 12th dictates that the minimum wage is going to becut by 32% for the workers under 25 years (€430 per month), and by 22% for the above 25year olds (€ 610 per month). Unemployment for the 15 to 24 year old group has risen to asoaring 48% and overall unemployment has reached 20%. The sacking of 15,000 publicsector workers within the next year will add to it. More so, the “austerity package” demandscuts to pensions and public services including health, education and social welfare. And toadd insult to injury, all this to be supervised by people other than the Greeks in their owncountry – a thorough disciplinary and punishment system.It is important to remember, when we casually use the term “bailout”, that it is not theGreek people who are bailed out – it could not have been a most misleading term todescribe where this money goes. Not a single life will be saved by this money in Greece, butit will be rather pocketed by the financial global system, i.e. the banks, hedge funds andpension funds of other EU member states. In this context the term “austerity” is a grossinsult to the people of Greece, and it should be rather called insensitivity or cruelty at best.No body has to have an economics degree to realise that this system is not working. Cuts donot produce growth and it is growth that the Greek economy needs right now, so thatproduction can start again and Greece can deal with its debts and be able to repay them. Itis as if we have a patient who is sick from malnutrition and to make him better, instead offeeding him with good food, we place him in a reduced calorie diet. It just does not work.
What Greece needs now, is to be able to issues its own money, owing it to no one, andpump this to its economy to kick-start it again; this is analogous to the provision of goodfood to the starving person in the previous example. This can happen by leaving theEurozone, as should have happened at the start of this crisis in 2009-2010, and startproducing their own national currency. Many a doomsday scenario have arisen by theinternational financial speculators aka gamblers-with-fates-of-nations, but Greece, unlikethe demonization media campaign claims, has had working, clever and educated people.Greece is gifted with a generous sun, a fertile soil and marvellous weather that can supportthe growth of nearly everything in the world. It is time for the Greek people to go back totheir roots and reclaim their primary production sector who was wrecked by EU directivesand interventions: agriculture. Greece has the strongest shipping industry in the world andthousands of islands; it has minerals, and recently found oil. It is almost certain that a futurenew currency of Greece will undergo devaluation, but this can increase its competivenessfor exports and boom again its tourism industry. Greece needs to get out of this façade,regain its sovereignty and commence building her shattered body all over again.Rebuilding is nothing new for the Greeks. They carry a history and civilisation of nearly threemillennia, and the Greek nation steered many times through rough waters. Only the 20thcentury had marked Greece with two world wars, one civil war and a junta. In relation toWWII there is still unfinished business between Greece and Germany and Ms Merkel shouldbe more careful waging her financial war against Greece. When the Nazis occupied Greecethey emptied the treasury of the country. They called that robbery the “occupation loan”which effectively financed Hitler’s campaign to occupy Greece. The International Red Crosshas estimated that between 1941 and 1934 at least 300,000 Greeks died from starvation,which was the direct result of the looting of Greece by the Germans. Adding to that all thevictims of the Nazi massacres on the Greek people, Greece is the only country which lost astaggering 13% of its population as direct result of WWII. Germany never honoured itsobligations for reparations to the Greek people as determined by international law. Usingcurrent interest rates (US Treasury Bonds) since 1944, it is estimated that the current valueof the occupation loan is $163.8 billion and that of the war reparations is $ 332 billion.
The French economist and French government consultant Jacques Delpla stated on the 2 ndof July 2011 that Germany owes to Greece 575 billion euro from WWII obligations (LesEchos, Saturday, July 2, 2011). The German economic historian Dr. Albrecht Ritschl warnedGermany to take a more chaste approach in the euro crisis, as it could face renewed andjustified demands for WWII reparations from Greece (Der Spiegel, June 21, 2011;guardian.co.uk, June 21, 2011). If you wish to support Greece in its campaign to claim itsrightful WWII reparations from Germany, please visit: http://www.greece.org/blogs/wwii/. 1000000 signatures-for-greece We are all Greeks Now http://www.newsit.gr/default.php?pname=Article&art_id=122871&catid=3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLHzYqPpQ7M&feature=player_embedded http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_18/02/2012_428616