drink the kool-aid you mighty greeks
DrMarty | May 12, 2012 at 05:57 amby
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In a desperate attempt to save the genocidal Greek bailout policy. Evangelos Venizelos, leader of the Pasok party, is organizing to form a "unity" government.
Since the last two attempts to form a government by the New Democracy and Syriza parties has failed, the mandate has gone to Venizelos--who will also fail--after which the mandate goes back to the President, who can try to form a unity government, or else call an election.
Using the empty threat that Greece would be thrown out of the Eurozone and even the European Union, he is desperately trying to get the anti-bailout Syriza and the smaller Democratic Left Party to join a unity government, with the promise of "renegotiating" the so-called Memorandum, which stipulates all the austerity cuts.
One Greek political observer said that "renegotiating" the memorandum without a clear credible alternative would be like "drinking the Kool-Aid," and will only end in a "Jonestown-like massacre."
"You need a credible alternative, and a Marshall Plan for the Mediterranean is very creditable," Associate Professor George Tsobanoglou of the University of the Aegean said.
"We are in a transition. It is not just Greece; we are now in a regional crisis. Spain, Portugal, Italy, and even France are in this crisis. The Mediterranean Marshall plan is the equivalent of a Glass-Steagall for Southern Europe."
He said that if France adopted this policy, it being both on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, with its interest in Africa, they would be in a best position to take leadership in this effort.
If this gambit for a unity government fails, then fresh elections will be called. In the first poll since last Sunday's election, it was shown that Syriza would win 28% of the vote, and would receive 128 seats in the 300-seat Parliament--enough to form a minority government, and certainly enough to find partners for a coalition.
In an open letter to the leadership of the European Union, including European Commission President JosÈ Manuel Barroso and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras declared that the reality of the Greek economy has demonstrated the failure of the Memorandum, and can only lead to "a humanitarian crisis."
If the policy continues, it "not only threatens social cohesion and stability in Greece, but also is a source of instability for the EU itself and for the Eurozone." He calls for a solution on the "European level."
The famous Greek Commposer and octogenarian resistance fighter Mikis Theodorakis made a statement saying that Greece should go to fresh elections, and that he will be "present."
"I will take part in [upcoming] elections; however, with whom and how is something I will announce later. I will be on the front line," he said, speaking to a private Athens television station. Theodorakis also said the results of the May 6 election did not produce a mandate for a new government.
"Greeks said a resounding 'no' to those who governed, and half a 'yes' to the others. We must proceed to new elections in order for this 'yes' be clear."
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