The Greeks for whom all the talk means nothing – because they have nothing
|Georgios and his sister Barbara outside their donated caravan|
This story is similar to hundreds of thousands of other stories from ordinary people all over Greece. They are the victims of "austerity" imposed upon them by previous Greek governments who were blindly following the instructions of the autocrats of the IMF, Brussels, the European Central Bank and European Commission over previous years. Georgios Karvouniaris and his sister Barbara and the many thousands of other Greeks like them are not those who have been drawing € billions out of the Greek banking system over the past weeks to invest in luxury cars, yachts or art in a bid to hide their money.
They have nothing to withdraw. Despite what the media may say, and what those in Brussels and Washington would have us believe, the effects of "austerity" on the people of Greece has been devastating and yet the IMF and its allies in the Troika, are determined to impose even more hardship and misery in the name of "stability" and the argument that it will be good for them in the end. The merry go round of borrowing more € billions to repay the € billions borrowed previously is, as I have argued before, economic insanity which only compounds and deepens the problem.
Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza government have been elected on an anti austerity platform determined to end the humiliation of Greece and with the political will to carry out their policies. It is this defiance of the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission that Lagarde, Merkel and Brussels are so resolved to crush.
Over the past weeks, the Greek government have proposed compromise after compromise, all of which have been rejected by the duplicitous IMF. Over the coming days and weeks, the financial powers of Europe assisted by the United States, (Obama has already thrown his support into the Merkel camp) will continue to seek the unconditional surrender of Greece and her peoples. For Georgios and his sister Barbara and the thousands of others things could, under those circumstances, become even worse. The Greeks and their government must continue to resist Brussels and the forces lined against them, as the alternative is even more appalling.
As someone once said "For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."