EUROPEAN MEDIA IS IGNORING GREEK RESISTANCE MOVEMENT 2,5 YEARS NOW – “SPITHA”: Manifesto of December 1st, 2010 (English)
Time to refresh our memory’s on the Greek resistance movement, Mikis Theodorakis’, SPITHA, since everyone in the European media, not least the Swedish, has decided to boycott this initiative from an old fighter, hero and cultural giant. Two and a half year now all media has buried in silence, any political or judicial actions this movement has undertaken.. It is the only REAL “Greek” alternative for the Greek people and that’s why it is boycotted in Greece and in whole of Europe by the media.
Summary of the manifesto
Right from the introduction of his speech, Mikis Theodorakis immediately points out the main purpose of his initiative: to spark off the creation of a movement of independent citizens beyond the scope of political factions, through the commencement of a nation-wide dialogue of ideas. He characterises Greece’s basic problem as the country’s incessant, varied, and undisguised as well as latent (due to globalization) post-civil-war dependence on the USA. Hence, the challenge that independent citizens are obliged to take on is one of liberation, of both the nation and the people’s consciousness, against an enemy that has corroded us from the inside out. Our weapons are our contemplation and reflection, which must lead to the necessary, urgent actions.
Here follows a chronicle of the actions, or rather the absence of any official actions of the present-day government, which have led,with suspiciously mathematical accuracy, to the terms and stipulations imposed by the Memorandum (Law 3845 passed by the Greek Parliament in May 2010) and the Intenational Monetary Fund on our country. The unprecedented idleness of the government from the beginning of its term has adeptfully brought us to the dilemma: “Bankrupcy or IMF”. While the government was busy with little else except for proclaiming to the world the economic slump which it had inheritted from previous administrations, the spreads rose to a record high of 1000 points and the slump evolved into destruction, with the full responsibility of the government. Thus, Greece was forced, by the Papandreou administration, according to the terms of the Memorandum and the Loan Contract, to resign irrevokably and unconditionally, as stated by Professor of Constitutional Law George Kasimatis, from its National Sovereignty, virtually succumbing to the governance of our lenders, the IMF and the banks of Europe, prey to american and german imperialism. If we do not manage to pay back our loan, a large part of which returns to the lending banks and Germany as payment for military equipment, our lenders have the legal right to seize the public property of our country.
With reference to the history of the national debt, burdened by this lending, it is pointed out that the administrations of Andreas and George Papandreou are responsible for its increase by 70% and 12% (over only one year) respectively.
All the other administrations are collectively responsible for an increase of 20%, part of which was the interest from previous claims. Mr. Juncker cynically declared that the European Central Bank was aware of all this. Mr. Theodorakis contends that the ECB’s silence implies its complicity. It is therefore a malicious insult to our history and intelligence to accept the arrogant reign of a group of foreign employees.The alternative solutions, which the government had scandalously and inexcusably turned down prior to the Memorandum, are much more advantageous and feasible: engaging in loans and economic agreements with Russia and China. The biggest part of the debt is interest. The political approach of the present government inflates the debt to the point where it will not be able to be paid off by any means. Simultaneously, not only does the government not promote any development in the least, but it also insinuates the possibility of early elections, causing a further widening of spreads, so as to perpetuate, it seems, the impossibility of participating normally in lending markets, and consequently our subjugation to the IMF and the troika EU-IMF-ECB.
There is, however, continues the manifesto’s writer, another route besides the depleting drainage and taxation of the citizens, which is imposed by the government under the auspices of the IMF and the detestable contract which the government itself caused. According to an article by Mr. Delastik, this route implements the taxation of banks. Hungary has courageously taken this approach, in decreasing taxation of personal income and refusing to comply with the IMF’s dictate for the further shrinking of the people’s income, thus causing many to fear, including the European banks, that this tactic would be an example for others to follow.
As for the goals and the methodology followed by the IMF, Mr. Papoulias’ analysis, which is referred to by Mr. Theodorakis, as well as the latter’s own findings, are revelational. The IMF implements the theory of “shock” to supress healthy social reflexes and to promote the apathetic inaction of the people, just as continuous electrical shocks are able to transform an individual into a submissive being. The IMF first hit the countries of Latin America in this way, almost all of which were ruled by dictatorships at the time (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and others). Aside from these countries, Roumanians and Indonesians can also testify to the destitution and social inequality which the IMF and its “shock” methods have brought on instead of the economic streamlining and restructuring which it had professed. It couldn’t have been otherwise, since the IMF is a vehicle for the economic and political infiltration of the USA into countries of interest to it, with the aim to ransack them from the inside out, drain them economically and take advantage of them geostrategically. In the case of Greece specifically, the systematic demolition of its “Greekness”, its History, its Culture, and ultimately of the Nation itself and its people, has been attempted since 1974. Our patriotism and the love of our country, which unite the whole of our people and comprise our only guarantee for survival, are being undermined as something undesirable and “unwestern”. Education and Art are crucially afflicted.
Nonetheless, to care for our country, our Nation and Culture, is not nationalism but self-evident and honest patriotism. With a blow dealt to our patriotism, our History and our Language, a series of schemes is being orchestrated against our vital national interests, just as had been designed by Mr. Kissinger some decades ago. The “Turkeyfication” of Cyprus is being attempted, now in collaboration with the government which supported the Anan plan against the will of 70% of the Cypriot people. The concession of sovereignty rights is occuring on a military level as well, in the sphere NATO. As Ms. Adam points out, since 2006 the new NATO dogma does not acknowledge Greece’s sovereignty rights for the islands of the eastern and central Aegean. Greek military planes from the Larissa subheadquarters are forbidden to approach the islands of the eastern Aegean or fly nearer than 6 nautical miles from their coasts. Twenty-one islands are not only being demilitarised, but their national identity is being called into question. These dictates on the part of NATO contravene International Treaties which are in effect in these regions, and open the way for Turkey’s contentions. But it is not only these aims that are encouraged by american expantionist policy. The unhistorical, irrational and distorted aims of Albania, Skopje, and Turkey regarding Thrace are also inflamed and supported by the USA. While all these threats accumulate, and despite the international disgrace of the recent killing of unarmed civilians by the israeli army, the Papandreou administration inexplicably allows the israeli airforce to execute military drills in our national airspace.
All the above national threats, Mr. Theodorakis continues, call for a series of measures of National Defense, among which are the planning of a new national defense doctrine and the reconsideration of our relations with NATO. Our political, economic, and cultural decline took place with the blessings of our political system, unions, mass media as well as with international assistance. It is true that profound structural changes are needed, however not the ones that are being attempted. The government is taking advantage of the common conviction of all Greek people that a separation with the past is necessary, in order to promote changes and ruptures that benefit a minority of bankers. The latter supported and support the present PASOK administration because they know that only PASOK, which controls the unions, could pass such changes without massive reactions on the part of the unions.
This crisis concerns all Greek citizens without exception. In our battle to come out of this crisis we must, unfortunately, count on ourselves alone initially. A first step is the proper management of the national debt. Furthermore, it is of dire necessity to change our mentality and formulate a vision for our common future, for the true happiness of all of our people. Towards these goals, we can put to financial work the property of the church and state, without selling it, we can implement taxation according to income level, we can create a pillar of national banking, we can contest for the annulment of part of our national debt and the long-postponed depositing of german war compensations. We will have to depart from the IMF and look into new alliances, but also put into effect Greece’s development in all areas without exception. Among the immediate actions which me can move forward with are the signing of a lower-interest-rate loan agreement with Moscow or Beijing, the cessation of provision of military equipment from Germany, and the carrying out of the necessary diplomatic motions to curtail the creeping contentions of Skopje, Albania and Turkey, in the context of the existing international treaties.
The most recent elections featured abstinence as the grand winner. This legitimises the disobedience towards an antidemocratic legitimation of the few. All united, Mr. Theodorakis concludes, we must oust foreign and domestic exploiters, cleanse the words “Greece”, “Nation”, “Democracy”, “Truth”, “Respect”, “Solidarity”, “Freedom”, “Hospitality” from the mud that has tainted them in recent years, and contest for a just and blessed Greece for all. This fatherland belongs to all of us, and only to us.
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