Kamis, 05 April 2012

MENA Moment - Greece version....


And So It Begins (A Greek Call To Revolution)
Our government is a pack of fools.
They, like the Greeks, had the opportunity to take banksters and arrest them for their crimes, giving them a fair and public trial and then imprisoning them.
Instead they fell into league with them, engaging in hinky derivative deals and other scams, effectively being their co-conspirators.
And now, one man has taken his own life and left behind a note -- a call to revolution.
"The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945" the note said.
This reminds me of what John F. Kennedy (yes, President of the United States) once said:
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Peaceful revolution is not yet impossible in the United States.  But continued pandering to the banksters, covering up and refusing to prosecute their frauds along with the incessant whines from people like Geithner who prattle on about how government can borrow forever without regard to the cost whittle away at that margin.
Exactly where the corner is -- where the people of this nation, or those of Greece -- decide that peaceful revolution and reformation of their government and enforcement of the rule of law through political means has become impossible is in and of itself impossible to determine with certainty.
But that the corner exists is also known with certainty.  It is just blind to all who look for it, as it comes in fickle form not born of reason but of emotion, fear and destitution.
History says that those who believe that the incessant screwing of the American people, or of any people, will be tolerated forever are wrong.  Old men like this one will choose to take their own lives rather than scrape on the ground like dogs seeking a tiny scrap of food.  But eventually, one of those old men will have a young son, and he will judge the injustices that he sees to be intolerable and that there is no longer recourse before the law.  He will see the death of his father as a reason to take other lives -- the lives of those who he judges to be responsible.  The spark of his father will fall on dry tinder and catch fire.
I pray, during this Holy Week, that our government and those across Europe recognize that we are long past the point where the entanglements with these banksters should have been unwound, the frauds prosecuted and the deficit spending stopped, for I do not wish to live in a nation where that spark has fallen onto a patch of dry grass, or worse, into a jar of gasoline.
Yes, unwinding these frauds, prosecuting them and halting the lies -- in short, facing that our governments cannot be all things to all people and must live within what they can tax in the present tense, will be difficult.
But it will be less difficult than the alternative.

and consider the commentary.....

Grow up already

Notes are seen pinned on the trunk of a tree under which an elderly man fatally shot himself on Athens' main Syntagma square on Wednesday.
By Costas Iordanidis
If Greece’s politicians had any sense of occasion, they would have kept their mouths shut. The retired pharmacist, Dimitris Christoulas, took his own life Wednesday morning in Syntagma Square because of the gross mismanagement of the finances of the country’s social security finds by a succession of governments.
Ever since 1952, when a law was passed allowing the governor of the Bank of Greece to transform the savings of social security funds into bonds and stocks, every government has systematically plundered people’s money.
Every so often, we hear a minister or fund director lamenting the magnitude of the evasion of social security contributions, even though it is they themselves who have allowed it, ostensibly to boost entrepreneurship but mainly, if not exclusively, to serve their clientelist ties. A belated drive to purge the social security system of mismanagement and corruption has revealed sordid stories of employees who issued pensions and benefits to people who did not merit them. Even though belated, this new awareness is justified.
For its part, the left had never really bothered to discuss the financial management of the country’s social security funds before the writedown of Greek debt hit their savings and bonds. It was more concerned with the fight against plutocracy and global imperialism.
The plundering of social security funds’ coffers was conducted using the excuse that the state will always cover the cost of pensions and healthcare. But the state has collapsed and the government’s pledges are not taken seriously by anyone because they are worth nothing. Greek politicians led the country to bankruptcy and squandered the savings of its workers.
Lamentations over the death of Christoulas by morose-looking politicians convinced no one. They were repulsive. And let’s hope they don’t try to lay the blame for this man’s death on the troika or the memorandum. The people responsible for the criminal management of Greece’s social security funds have names.
Control of the funds needs to be passed into the hands of their members. They should be the ones who elect their administrations, who control the revenue mechanism and who decide on whether and where to invest their savings.
What we need to see is radical change, not a show of sensitivity. The children need to grow up at last.

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