The Greek people have voted not to accept the continuation of the economic slavery that their previous governments, willing and well paid tools of the international banks, had imposed upon them.
In the western world we look to classical Greece as the source of our democracy….as an example of resistance to tyranny…. however little the theory reflects the reality.
We remember Byron dying in the wars of independence from the Ottoman Turks in the 1820s…
We might even remember, if of a certain age, the betrayal of the Greek resistance by the western powers after World War II…
The rule of the Colonels….
In the era of the European union we remember too how the then rulers of Greece took advice from the international banking firm Goldman Sachs on how to fiddle the figures in order to be accepted into an organisation only too pleased to turn a blind eye to the obvious in the pursuit of a geo-political goal.
How – in compliance with NATO requirements – Greece was obliged to buy arms…notably submarines from Germany – for high prices when the bribes to Greek politicians are included.
How EU banks bought control of Greek banks – offering loans at rates of interest well above those prevailing in their home countries.
The new government had a mandate to prevent the ruin of Greek society….it has not been the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to dealing with the case hardened vultures of the IMF and the Eurozone, but this result shows that it has the backing of the majority of the Greeks most affected by previous obligatory compliance with EU rules by smaller states…larger ones, particularly France, seeming to have to have immunity.
But the Greek people have been given the chance to speak…and have spoken.
Their future will not be rosy…but they have risen against repression.
I hope that they will let us know how we can best support them.