No 1382 Posted by fw, June 28, 2015
“The suffering Greek people where the existing pensions are below the official poverty line, matter not a damn to these rogues assembled in Brussels. I hope that the Greek Parliament will reject the EU imposition. I say EU because apart from Greece all other countries support the Catastroika’s proposals. So much for all these ghastly photographs on display: Juncker stroking his victim’s face; Renzi playing the clown with Tsipras as Merkel watches. Too much. Stop smiling Tsipras. You’re not at a wedding but a funeral and there is a difference.” —Tariq Ali, counterpunch
Not one to mince words, Tariq Ali has a nasty word for almost every player in this Modern Greek Tragedy. Of France’s politician, Jean-Luc Melenchon, arguing against Syriza defaulting because it would hurt FRENCH banks, Ali writes: “I had heard that Melenchon was in a state of degeneration but hadn’t realized that the political cancer had affected his brain. The sooner this imbecile is replaced by his group, the better.” Even Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is skewered: “Stop smiling Tsipras. You’re not at a wedding but a funeral and there is a difference.”
To read Ali’s original piece, click on the following linked title. Alternatively, below is a reposting with added subheadings, links to external sources to clarify who’s who and what’s what, and added text highlighting.
Monday 22 June
Markets and stockbrokers rejoice as “Greece capitulates to the dictatorship of Capital”
Markets and stockbrokers are celebrating as Greece capitulates to the dictatorship of Capital. Will Varoufakis resign? How will the Greek parliament react? There’s no way this can be claimed as a ‘compromise’ though no doubt [Alexis] Tsipras will try. The Greek conservatives will be laughing and [Antonis] Samaras is capable of saying that he would have rejected these proposals. The EU has to be opposed strongly by the Left and I for one will be voting to quit when there is a referendum in the UK. The notion that the EU is progressivEUe is risible. The European Left can fight for an alternative Europe (and I agree) but it’s not going to emerge from the bankers’ brothel in Brussels.
Tuesday 23 June
Overall mood of resignation, final vote in Greek Parliament scheduled for Monday, June 29
Athens: The pro and anti-Troika street demonstrations have been relatively small so far. Largest was 10,000. Pensioners march today had 3,000 people or thereabouts. The overall mood seems to be one of resignation. But the action will move soon to the Greek Parliament.
Votes from Greece’s other parties likely to be required. Hard to predict outcome
A 3-day Emergency session of Parliament will precede the final vote on Monday. That the SYRIZA left is angry and bitter is beyond question. But will they vote against en bloc? That would mean resignations from the government. More likely is that 15-20 will either vote against or abstain. More than enough for the Troika impositions to require votes from other parties: The polluted [To] Potami [party] members have already said they would vote for ANY deal approved by the EU elite. So has PASOK. We still don’t know which way ANEL (the junior coalition partner) will go, and as for New Democracy, they will require a push from Brussels and a French kiss for [Antonis] Samaras from the banker’s pimp [Jean-Claude] Juncker to get them on side. Strong reports that [Yanis] Varoufakis [Greek Finance Minister] might resign. He is certainly encouraging (in private) the Syriza Left to vote against the new Memoranda.
Wednesday 24th June
Reliable sources say Berlin in particular wouldn’t mind at all if Greece defaults and quits the Eurozone
ATHENS: Tsipras summoned to Brussels because SYRIZA’s total abandonment of its programme isn’t enough! The IMF wants more cuts and doesn’t think that the tax concessions will work. The TROIKA keep pushing the Greek government which is already on its knees. ND [New Democracy] leader [Antonio] Samaras has said that what is being offered is ‘a very bad solution.’ He too is on his way to EU HQ in Brussels. It’s obvious that some (Berlin in particular) don’t mind at all if Greece defaults and quits the Eurozone. I have it from reliable sources that [Wolfgang] Schäuble [German Finance Minister] offered Tsipras an amicable Grexit and 15 billion to see Greece through the first phase. IF this is true it should have been accepted.
Thursday 25th June.
Were Greece to accept latest proposals, it would be a dual suicide – for Greece and SYRIZA
ATHENS: Reading yesterday’s Le Monde in an Athens cafe I saw two long articles. [Jürgen] Habermas [German sociologist] denouncing Syriza for being nationalist and defending the EU and praising Mario Draghi, [President of European Central Bank] etc. A long interview with [Jean-Luc] Melenchon [French politician] arguing against Syriza defaulting because it would hurt FRENCH banks. I had heard that Melenchon was in a state of degeneration but hadn’t realised that the political cancer had affected his brain. The sooner this imbecile is replaced by his group, the better…
The new proposals added by the IMF yesterday haven’t been rejected by Greece. Having forced SYRIZA to abandon its programme they want to destroy the party altogether. There is no other meaning to what’s going on in Brussels. As it is the proposals offered by the Greek government have already divided the party. If they accept what is now being proposed it will be a dual suicide: for Greece and SYRIZA. Today is crucial.
Being defeated by the enemy is one thing. Being defeated by one’s own illusions in the EU and the accompanying strategic blindness is worse because then your own supporters retreat to passivity. If Samaras regards what is being stuffed down Greece’s throat as ‘a bad solution’ one assumes his party will abstain. If this is the case then the SYRIZA left is in a very strong position.
Tariq Ali suggests a referendum with one question: Should Greece remain in the Eurozone at any cost?
There is also talk of a snap election. Why not a referendum with one question: SHOULD GREECE REMAIN IN THE EUROZONE AT ANY COST?
Friday 26th June
German elite’s worst fear is that “Tsipras and Varoufakis will now accept anything to stay in”
ATHENS: More and more people I meet and talk to are a bit disgusted by the EU politicians. Quite a lot favour a Grexit to stop the torture. Some fear that Tsipras and Varoufakis will now accept anything to stay in. I think the German elite share this fear and Schauble and Merkel say in public that the flagrant injustice of the Troika is too soft. The only reason for this nonsense is that they want Greece out of the Eurozone ASAP [as soon as possible] and are now preparing their own Plan B to offer the Greek leaders. Where is Syriza’s Plan B? Non-existent. The punishment being meted out to the Greeks gets worse because their leaders are moving about like bewildered puppets. Or at least they give a very good impression of doing so.
Ali’s unsparing disgust for Schauble, Merkel and their sycophants
As for the small-state actors in this tragedy ([Donald] Tusk [President of European Council], [Jean-Claude] Juncker, et all) they are truly disgusting, trying to outdo each other in expressing their loyalty to the Germans and the French. The folds of their flesh mirror a gross corruption and one wonders if there is any real mental activity deep in the cavities of their brain. Or are they just robots? When Schauble or Merkel speak, the sycophants smile and nod. When they speak they do so in a nauseous symbiosis that fuses them all into a single sensibility.
Ali hopes the Greek Parliament will reject the EU imposition – Tells Tsipras to stop smiling so much
The suffering Greek people where the existing pensions are below the official poverty line, matter not a damn to these rogues assembled in Brussels. I hope that the Greek Parliament will reject the EU imposition. I say EU because apart from Greece all other countries support the Catastroika’s proposals. So much for all these ghastly photographs on display: Juncker stroking his victim’s face; [Matteo] Renzi [Italian Prime Minister] playing the clown with Tsipras as Merkel watches. Too much. Stop smiling Tsipras. You’re not at a wedding but a funeral and there is a difference.
Ali suggests that the partners of Tsipras and Varoufakis should call a sex strike till they decide to take on the EU scumbags
Meanwhile a suggestion with full acknowledgement to Aristophanes. Lysistratas (and their male equivalents) of modern Greece—and here the partners of Tsipras and Varoufakis should take the lead— call a sex strike till they decide to take on the EU scumbags. Don’t sleep with them, don’t eat with them. March to the Acropolis, women and men of Greece with your tambourines and only word on your lips: NO, OKHI….
Tariq Ali’s latest book is The Extreme Centre: a Warning.
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