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Putting Greece on a sound footing is like cleaning out the Augean Stables

But instead of Hercules we’ve got a midget yob at the helm

13 June 2015

9:00 AM

13 June 2015

9:00 AM

There’s nothing to add to Martin Vander Weyer’s item about Hellas of two weeks ago in these here pages except a Yogi Berra pearl, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’ The Greek drama will go on and on until the brinkmanship is exhausted. The EU has blinked, as I thought it would.

Although Greek accounting arabesques have been known to shame the Bolshoi — Goldman Sachs taught the modern Hellenes how to legally cook the books and screw Brussels, something we are now paying the price for — we Greeks have contributed a few things apart from cheating and not paying our taxes. As Michael Daley wrote in a letter to the Telegraph, Greeks ‘divined architecture in the human body and the proportions of humanity in their architecture’. That singular creative explosion of the 4th and 5th centuries BC has never been equalled. Modern Italians, ashamed of the Roman copycats, suggest that the ancient Greeks even discovered sex, but it took the Romans to include women. Boo! I guess Pericles has to be the greatest statesman-leader ever, his idealistic patriotism free from all sordid and selfish motives. (Just look at the Clintons and weep.) Cimon of Athens, Miltiades, Themistocles, Pheidias, Praxiteles, Socrates, Plato, Aristides, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plutarch, Thucydides, Hippocrates (and Taki?); you name them, we had them.

OK, OK, I know that is all in the past (even Taki), but we are the only small western European nation to win two Nobel Prizes for Literature, with Seferis in 1967 and Elytis in 1974. We were the last European country to stage a military coup and overthrow a quasi-democratic government, in 1967, and the last to abolish a monarchy after an extremely dubious referendum overseen by prime minister Constantine Karamanlis, the most undemocratic peasant and most ungrateful politician who has ever existed, and that’s saying something. (Had the king’s reign been allowed to continue, he would have put a stop to the looting practised by the Papandreou-Karamanlis gang, and Greece would not be in the shithouse today.) And we are the smallest European country to win the European Cup, in 2004 — with a German coach, needless to say.


We are also the country that just might bring down the whole shameful quasi-dictatorship of the EU, something I fervently pray for. But the Germans ain’t what they used to be. They have blinked and blinked hard.

The latest Greek government reminds me a lot of Netanyahu and Likud. They both cry wolf when there is not even a mouse around. Bibi’s alarmist rhetoric has been a staple of his career. Since 1996 he’s been strutting in front of the American Congress getting standing ovations while he warns Uncle Sam that Iran is building a formidable arsenal of ballistic missiles that will soon have Manhattan in its reach. In the meantime, he keeps building on Palestinian lands, depriving those poor souls of the little water they’ve been left, and slowly strangling their economy.

The Greeks are using confrontational tactics and refusing to propose the specific steps they would take in exchange for the final bailout. Just because such tactics work in the bazaar, it doesn’t mean they will do so in serious diplomatic discussions. The ghastly finance minister Varoufakis is to diplomacy what Queen Elizabeth is to kick boxing. Israel’s own spies admit that Iran is no threat and wouldn’t be for longer than ten years if it were allowed to build a bomb. The present Greek opposition admits that mistakes have been made, but they are being made to look like Pericles when compared with the Syriza mob.

Let’s face it, putting Greece on a sound footing is like cleaning out the Augean Stables — with one difference. The stables were cleaned by Hercules, whereas we have a midget at the helm. Calling the Brussels mob names should be left to people like yours truly, not to those who sit across the table and negotiate. The Syriza gang seems to think that countries behave in the way they did in the Athens cafés they used to frequent. Voices are raised, threats are made, drinks are overturned, then people shake hands and everyone goes home to their grotty wives. Well, not exactly. Syriza and the media that support it have been playing the victim since its inception. (Like Likud.) The fact the Germans paid war reparations more than 50 years ago is immaterial to many Greeks.

Another fact, that it was successive Greek governments democratically elected that signed on the dotted line for the present disputed loans, is also immaterial to many of my countrymen and women. This is why the Greeks are left with few allies among other European sufferers, namely the Spanish and the Italians. When one plays the clown one gets pelted with pies, said the Greek philosopher Taki in 400 BC.

Modern Hellas might be out of the shithole, but not for long. The Greek bureaucracy will find a way to cheat and beat the system. The Greek character used to blame the gods, and later on Uncle Sam. Now it’s Angela Merkel, the Ilse Koch of today, according to some of the more restrained articles in the Greek press. The mother of western civilisation, Hellas, is now reduced to hurling insults and playing the victim. As they say down south, Oy vey!

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  • MildredCLewis

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  • John Carins

    The Greeks are a victim of the Euro. They should have never joined the Euro or been allowed to join the Euro in the first place. For this the Germans are partly to blame. Greece should now be encouraged and helped to leave the Eurozone and reintroduce the dracma.

  • ForGodsSake1

    Tsk, Taki! Ireland has won FOUR Nobel Prizes for Literature – Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Heaney.

    • jim

      We do like to claim people when it suits us and dump on them for the same reason. Were’nt Beckett and Shaw of a more Anglo-Irish disposition?Wasn’t Heaney from the North?Wasn’t Yeats pretty much hated in Ireland?Most Irish writers are long winded blatherers.The real talent was amongst the despised Protestants community.We dumped on them but we like to lay claim to their writers.

      • ForGodsSake1

        As one of the ‘despised Protestant community’, I would like to agree with you about our quality! Nevertheless, the four Irish recipients of the Nobel literature prize all possessed Irish passports (as well as British ones, but that’s another story,,,). We trump Taki.

        • jim

          My friend,perhaps I didn’t express myself clearly. I’m talking about a certain mind set in my country which today is thankfully limited to hardcore shinners. This mentality never stops picking at the scabs of the past and constantly seeks whinging rights when it comes to the history of my country. If you like it can be seen as an anti Anglo-Irish-Protestant stance. These same individuals will in the same breath boast relentlessly about Ireland’s literary tradition and hope that no one notices that most of the names they are dropping come from that same Protestant community. The Irish do this a lot. It’s a fairly nasty combination of insecurity and conceit. We like to fool ourselves. The Protestant writers were better. A fact no shinner can live with.

      • milford

        Who are these talented Protestant writers? Must be the UK’s best kept secret. A bit like Irish Protestant heroes. You just never hear of any.

        • jim

          For a start I think both Beckett and Shaw were Anglicans. As for the rest of it, how about Wolfe Tone, Parnell, Casement, Maud Gonne….I’m no shinner but I think they fit your definition of “Irish Protestant heroes”.

          • milford

            Sorry I thought we were discussing the Protestant Unionists brought over from Scotland during the plantation of the northern provinces. These people you mention are Anglo Irish from the south who are often strong republicans. Totally different birds. But thanks for the info 🙂

      • person of gender

        Th’only dacent writer was Flann O’Brien. Forget the rest.

      • Caractacus

        None of which refutes the fact that Ireland has four names on the Nobel Literary prize list.

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  • The CNBC article reads, “the International Monetary Fund (IMF) — quit talks, throwing the negotiations into crisis”

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102754047

    The IMF will be back at the negotiating table and the negotiations will be a limited success, but that success won’t last for long according to the long-range plan envisioned. Before the Marxist operation to implode the EU can go forward* (which is why the European Central Bank is sabotaging its respective member states economies via low interest rate policies that prevents the formation of loaned capital for new business ventures), the anti-Communist revolt in the Ukraine must first be put down by Kiev & Moscow.**

    The following is a discovery I made only last month regarding the fake collapse of the USSR, and what that fraudulent collapse proves about the institutions of the West…

    When Soviet citizens were liberated from 74 years of Marxist horror on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the “collapse” of the USSR is a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,*** otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

    ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

    For more on this discovery see my blog…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

    Conclusion:

    The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

    —————————-

    *To be replaced by a new union with Russia, a union ‘From the Atlantic to Vladivostok’…

    Vladimir Putin in 2012 (before the Ukraine catastrophe) pushing the new union with Europe…

    “Russia is an inalienable and organic part of Greater Europe and European civilization. Our citizens think of themselves as Europeans. We are by no means indifferent to developments in united Europe.

    That is why Russia proposes moving toward the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean – a community referred by Russian experts to as “the Union of Europe,” which will strengthen Russia’s potential and position in its economic pivot toward the “new Asia.”

    http://valdaiclub.com/politics/39300.html

    When the new “Atlantic to Vladivostok” union materializes, Communist strategists will have achieved two goals, (1) the further isolation of the United States in the world; and (2) the disbanding of NATO.

    **The anti-Communist revolt in the Ukraine was made possible by elements of the Ukraine Ground Forces (UGF) being in Iraq, posing as elements of the Marxist front group Islamic State, the purpose of the UGF mission to implode Iraq’s oil exports in order to assist Russia’s oil based economy and thereby Russia’s military modernization program. During the course of the revolt so far, over 700 statues to the reviled Vladimir Lenin, and other Marxist “heroes”, have been destroyed, statues that were supposed to have been destroyed in 1991 if the collapse of the USSR were real and not the strategic ruse it is. Currently approximately 1,400 statues to the butcher of Ukrainian nationalism/Orthodoxy remain standing throughout the Ukraine, rubbing salt into the wounds of every non-Marxist Ukrainian (95% of the population) that is forced to view such monuments to the infamous butcher.

    The so-called Ukrainian separatists are neither, but are Russian Spetsnaz/Airborne Guards troops assisting the Marxist Kiev regime to suppress the Ukrainian freedom fighters. Russian regular forces are also in the eastern Ukraine (attired in UGF uniforms) fighting the Ukrainian freedom fighters, losing to combat operations approximately 25,000 soldiers, which is why on January 2 Vladimir Putin was ordered by his superiors in the Russian Communist Party to sign a four-year old piece of legislation that allows foreigners who speak Russian to join the Russian military…

    http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-foreigners-serving-in-military/26779601.html

    ***The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848(1) thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly,(2) so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. In the case of the United States…(continue reading at DNotice)…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/now-you-see-me-now-you-don-t

    Now you know why not one political party in the West requested verification of the collapse of the USSR, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the “alternative” media. When determining whether the “former” USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the “former” USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

    The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

    It gets worse–the “freed” Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of “Perestroika” (1986-1991)!

    There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

    Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

    The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.

    The above means that the so-called “War on Terror” is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending “War on Terror”; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union “From the Atlantic to Vladivostok”; which will (5) see the end of NATO.

    Now you know how Bolshevik Russia survived in 1917; how the West “lost” China to the Communists in 1949; why the Eisenhower administration turned a deaf ear to the anti-Communist Hungarian uprising in 1956; why the Eisenhower administration in 1959 was indifferent to the Castro brothers’ Communist fidelity, actually used the CIA to overthrow the Batista government; why the Nixon administration abandoned Taiwan for Communist China, and signed treaties/provided economic aid to the USSR; why the Nixon administration refused to tell the American People that over 50% of North Vietnamese NVA regiments were actually Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers (attired in NVA uniforms, and proving that the Sino/Soviet Split was a ruse, as KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn told the West back in 1962), thereby (1) ensuring the Vietnam War would be lost; (2) destroying the prominence of the United States abroad and at home; (3) breeding distrust between the American people and their government; and (4) securing Communist victories in Southeast Asia. Working in the background within the political parties of the United States and Great Britain were Marxist agents doing their best to (1) ensure the survival of Communist nations when they popped up; and (2) sabotage any policies that would bring down a Communist nation. That’s why after the fake collapses of the East Bloc nations and USSR there was no mandatory Western verification process to ensure the Communists weren’t still in control.

  • You state that Goldman Sachs “taught the Greeks how to legally cook the books.” Well the fact is that it was fraudulent but GS is generally above the law. If an IFA did that with you or me, then there is a good chance we would all be done for fraud.

  • Roger Hudson

    The Parthenon still a building site !, make the Turks rebuild it ; the principle of ‘you broke it, you fix it’.

  • Augustus

    “Israel’s own spies admit that Iran is no threat and wouldn’t be for longer than ten years if it were allowed to build a bomb.”

    “A U.N. expert panel found that Iran’s Feb. 15 satellite launch used technology that could “contribute to” ballistic missile development for nuclear weapons delivery. The launch used a variant of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile…. one of two Iranian missiles that have nuclear warhead delivery capabilities.”

    “Iran’s stated desire to destroy Israel is very real. Iran has not once (not once) contributed to the greater good of the security of the region. What we don’t know is the full scope of Iran’s nuclear effort itself. The intelligence community does not have complete ‘eyes on’ the totality of the Iranian nuclear program. Iran’s nuclear program is not a stand-alone program. The perceived acceptance of Iran’s nuclear program is likely to touch off a dangerous domino effect in the region. Iran’s nuclear program has significant – and not fully disclosed – military dimensions. The P5+1 dialogue with Iran has glossed over a number of such programs (including warhead miniaturization blueprints) in pursuit of an agreement. Iran has every intention to build a nuclear weapon. They have stated it many times, they have attempted well over a decade to move rapidly to nuclearizing its capability, and their enrichment to twenty percent and their rapid move to develop a ballistic missile program, are examples of their continued preparedness to weaponize a missile for nuclear delivery. I believe that Iran represents a clear and present danger to the region, and eventually to the world.”
    -Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to a US Foreign Affairs committee on June 10th.

    As for Greece, You’re probably right that the Greek drama will go on and on until the brinkmanship is exhausted. Just because EU leaders are divided about whether Greece should remain a member of the Eurozone strengthens the Greeks hand and shifts the problem of support to the European Central Bank. And the longer EU leaders remain undecided the more the ECB wll continue its emergency assistance because it doesn’t want to be the cause of a Grexit. The way the Greek Prime Minister and his Finance Minister are behaving seems to suggest that they have drawn the same conclusions.

  • Newcombe

    Without going into a long preamble, suffice to say that Mr Taki’s Greece is not Israel. He only discredits himself (and insults our intelligence in the bargain) when he speaks of something of which he appears to know very little and seems to care even less.

    I’d say stick with the stories of bygone Hollywood era and champagne parties of yore. A subject, I hasten to admit, of which he is a master. But please leave Israel out.

  • ardenjm

    How odd that you left out Aristotle….

  • justlookin

    The tragicomical event of abolishing the Monarchy has allowed the Greek nation to slowly spiral into oblivion ever since, nurturing the worst of leftard daydreaming and coupling it with day-to-day capitalist corruption. The results are what we see today. Every Greek is to blame, those purporting to be reporting from the sidelines are probably the worst protagonists out there.

  • Sean L

    Greece is hardly western Europe.

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