While discussing poverty over a fine dinner in Belfast 2004, my Greek friend said to me, “When you have nothing to sell you end up selling yourself to survive.”
It instantly triggered a comment during a conversation some 16 years earlier with the former director of publicity for Sinn Fein at a catalytic event which changed attitudes and shepherded peace talks.
“Rather be poor and free.” The comment came moments before a car carrying two off duty British army soldiers crashed into an IRA combatants funeral in West Belfast. The subsequent minutes were ones of chaos, confusion and murder.
Eurozone Freakout # 9
The European Union is dying on its feet.
It is being force led by bankers and financiers who put …..
Money, Über alles , Merci Beaucoup
while the Greek people are made to suffer indignity.
There is a deep conflict of character behind the two statements. Both represent the chilling degree of actions people go to maintain existence and under what sky that existence is acceptable.
You see, self inflicted injury is not the same as assault, even if the damage is the same.
The Greek finance minister said this week, “What has particularly bothered me is the humiliation of the country....clearly Greece can’t and shouldn’t do without the European Union but it could do without the German boot.”
Are these the words of a person who suspects he is not wanted. A citizen just humiliated by his bank manager. A desperate householder denied an extension to the overdraft but still clinging to the hope the banker sitting opposite will listen to a rant about his circumstances.
The banker, in all cases, has studied the figures and concluded this client is not a safe bet. Human emotions and compassion are irrelevant in the world of international lending. Ask those who have dealt with the IMF. A country's loss is the moneylender's gain.
Greece, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and others are being asked to join the spirit and glory of an evolving SuperState Europe.....A Europe United in Diversity......but not united in sickness and in health or for better or for worse..........They are being told expect no mercy if they don't or can't keep up with the premier division.
Europe will fail, not on a Greek exit from the Euro or possible E.U. exit. It will fail over the fear and threat to weaker member's of degrading international humiliation and destruction of their democracy.
Luxembourg's long time and well honoured leader has set the tone for the Europeanisation of national political life......”Greece must turn its budget cuts into law,... and have its major party leaders sign up to the program so they don’t retreat after upcoming elections.”
In short, Protect the lenders over the living standards and well being of Greek citizens. And to Hell or Connaught with democracy in that country.
My mind drifts to the two statement above: “When you have nothing to sell you end up selling yourself to survive!” …........“Rather be poor and free!”