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Writing from Athens:
A friend suggested 60% seriously today ‘Shall we all go to Syntagma and start burning euros?’
Tsipras has done a great thing here: he has shattered the ‘cone of silence’ that has so far shrouded ALL EU decisions and negotiations since 2009. Europeans are only informed of general results, usually in one liners: these are never spelled out. The tradition of silence and Greece’s previous collaborative crisis governments has allowed the European-American press to take the lead in coordinated disinformation, incrimination (always of Greece), coordinated insult and myth-making, blame, threats and last but not least 5-6 years of trolling in both the English language greek press (I invite you to look at the comment threads at Kathimerini Opinions) and international press.
Not only, but Tsipras has pierced the veil that has shrouded the previous Greek governments’ relationship with Troika that we Greeks were simply left to deduce (at least 70% is unknown as to details), helped along by activist lawyers, economists (Yanis Varoufakis being one) and brave independent journalists. To this day we do not know details or even the entirety of the burden the citizens have been left to assume. No information, no explanation and certainly never consultation. What we do know is bad enough. Meanwhile the total of Greek oligarchic wealth has risen from 14 BN in 2010 to 18 BN today. Yes, huge fortunes are being made on the back of the Greek crisis / people. Yet we still don’t know how or exactly by whom.
Most important, Tsipras has opened out the truth to the Greek people. In my quite extensive circles I hardly know anyone, left OR right, who wants to stay in the euro: we are all mystified by the polling – since in their circles they too hardly know anyone who doesn’t want OUT. And this has only grown over the last 3 months, following the last 5-6 years.
My hope – HOPE! – is that Yanis Varoufakis was removed from the front line of the grindstone to oversee strategy (on the one hand) and coordinate Plan B (on the other).
And my feeling is that this “act of betrayal” (as Tsipras’ letter will surely be perceived by the Institutions) and this Greek end run round the goal (as it will be perceived by awake Europeans – there are many) is a signal to Greeks. If the Institutions back down (reacting or not to the letter) it will have worked. If not, the purpose of this letter will be to shift the apocryphal Greek pro-Euro opinion toward exit, a preparation for freedom.
Fasten your seat belts.
You are right about control, but basically this is about killing SYRIZA and any other political party that would stand up to EU / ECB / IMF / Berlin hegemony and The Great Euro Project.
Excellent post Illargi – thank you!
Excellent comment Diablo.
And the perfect photograph :))
Be warned, Helena Smith, a longtime Athens resident who reports for the Guardian about the Greek crisis is an anti-SYRIZA journalist from PASOK. Her posts are ‘soft’ anti-SYRIZA reporting and always distort the news. Am not sure the Guardian has caught on to this, but since the Guardian has gone so radically downhill since the Snowden affair, it hardly matters. All the Guardian has left is an outdated reputation, and 2-3 decent journalists. Of which Helena Smith is NOT one.