Power of Story
Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus 3 Share on Twitter 2 Share on Facebook 2 Share on LinkedIn 1 Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (10 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   5 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

The Greek People Have Punctured the Smugness of the "Moneymen"

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Adnan Al-Daini     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 6   Well Said 2   Inspiring 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H1 2/3/15

Author 55822
Become a Fan
  (9 fans)

null
(Image by Fanis_X)   Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -
br />

Congratulations to the Greek people for democratically puncturing the smugness of the "moneymen". For far too long politicians have been paralysed by the dogma imposed by the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission, that the only way out of the economic mess we are in is austerity that hurts those most vulnerable, while the elite continue to accumulate wealth at an accelerating rate. The lack of imagination to think outside the straightjacket imposed on politicians by the "moneymen" is staggering.

The humiliation of Greece by foreign politicians and unelected bodies, dictating what Greece must do regardless of what harm it causes its people, must be too much to bear in a country that gave the world the concept of democracy.

Greece has said enough is enough. With the election of Syriza, austerity belongs to the past and hope is replacing despair. Austerity caused the Greek economy to shrink by 25%, unemployment to rise to 26% and to over 50% for the young. It is blindly obvious all this was immoral, stupid and counterproductive. Going down that route, Greece would never have been able to pay off the debt plus interest imposed on it. It would have meant the enslavement of the Greek people into the foreseeable future.

- Advertisement -

Successive governments in Greece and elsewhere in Europe have abdicated their responsibility to serve the ordinary people. Instead they have faithfully served the moneyed super-rich. Contrast that with the actions of Syriza with barely 48 hours in power. Helena Smith in an article in the Guardian summarizes thus:

"First the barricades came down outside the Greek parliament. Then it was announced that privatisation schemes would be halted and pensions reinstated. And then came the news of the reintroduction of the 751 monthly minimum wage. And all before Greece's new prime minister, the radical leftwinger Alexis Tsipras, had got his first cabinet meeting under way. After that, ministers announced more measures: the scrapping of fees for prescriptions and hospital visits, the restoration of collective work agreements, the rehiring of workers laid off in the public sector, the granting of citizenship to migrant children born and raised in Greece."

This is true democracy in action, promises made and delivered in the first two days of being in power. Syriza has been elected and now Europe and particularly Germany have a duty to listen respectfully. Thus far Greece has been treated shabbily with hardly a thought for the extreme hardship and suffering inflicted on its people.

- Advertisement -

It is instructive to remember that half of Germany's post WWII debt was written off in the London conference of 1953. This led to a sharp increase in Germany's economic growth. Why not do the same for Greece, asks Syriza?

The Greek people have seen through the fog generated by the elite and the "moneymen". They have seen austerity for what it is - a con-trick to transfer more wealth from the 99% to the already bloated 1%.

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 6   Well Said 2   Inspiring 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

Dr Adnan Al-Daini took early retirement in 2005 as a principal lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at a British University. His PhD in Mechanical Engineering is from Birmingham University, UK. He has published numerous applied scientific research (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Libyan revolution

The Pursuit of Happiness. America, live up to the ideals of your Declaration of Independence

The Power of the Media

The Obscenity of War and Military Spending in a World of Need and Suffering

Global Warming: Doing Nothing or Very Little Is Not an Option

Education -- Heading to Mediocrity for the Many