Greek Massacre

When Eugene Delacroix painted his allegorical image of Greece lamenting the atrocities against her citizens by the Turks, and his equally famous Massacre at Chios, he was keen to create support for the Greek independence fighters.  Today, Greece suffers a new onslaught, not from the Turks, not from the East, but from the West, the global institutions of neo-liberal capitalism.  The Greeks are getting slaughtered.

Yesterday, their politicians, a corrupt and elite class that regularly changes places with the financial sharks circling in the Aegean waters, voted to accept the ‘austerity’ measures that the EU and the IMF demanded.  Those Greeks – they don’t work very hard, and they expect the state to do everything for them.  Why, I have heard, hairdressers retire at fifty!  I wonder…

I wonder too why the bondholders who made absurdly risky loans, with the connivance of the politicos, never seem to get called to account.  (Here in the USA, Goldman Sachs is riding high.  Why didn’t it go under with AIG?  Remember this quote from when Bear-Stearns went under?) Somebody must pay, and it might as well be those ‘little people,’ the ones who don’t have a lot of money and who spend it like water. All those bankers and financiers?  They have the interests of the global financial system at heart, which is to say, their interests!

4 Responses to Greek Massacre

  1. Man of Roma says:

    I totally agree with you. It is disgusting that only the ‘little people’ have to pay.

  2. Dave Jones says:

    If the same is true of Greece as in Spain, the big German and French banks have a lot of that toxic debt on their books. Inter-European speculating. Some “union”!

  3. Ducky's here says:

    Wait till the IMF gets in there and starts selling off assets at 50 cents on the dollar. Privatize the water supply, that’s the ticket.

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