By Kosmas Loumakis 5-8-2016
Even the most sincere democratic attempts landed, shortly after WWII, very far away from a satisfactory democracy. The old colonial empires with their unprosecuted and unpunished businessmen, bankers, bureaucrats, deceptive political elite and their intelligence services, followed their own post-war agenda for Europe.
An agenda that very fast proved to be plutocratic, neo-colonial and highly imperialistic, but with a new nation in the forefront instead of the former imperial powers Britain, France and Germany (old Prussia, Bavaria, Austria-Hungary and the Third Reich). All three helped their spiritual and cultural “child” USA , to deal with a few of the old colonies and to create a few new ones, with the backdrop of the Cold War and the Communist Threat as the main “boogie-man”, and the American Dream as the main bait. The Muslim Threat against the newly established state of Israel, became a major pretext for the take-over of the Arab oil fields and the establishment of NATO and US military bases in the Middle East and Central Asia.
True to their old “habits”, and their evidently poor understanding of democracy, they turned the new democratic European nation-states into dependent satellite states of the old empires. And most of the old colonies in reality remained shackled and controlled through the toppling of democratically elected governments and the instalment of puppet-governments that – threatened by economic hit men – signed unpayable “loan-agreements”, odious colonial treaties and genocidal, imperialistic socio-economic models for their peoples.
What passes as Democracy in the world today is therefore just a highly watered down, a battered, version of a parliamentary, representative, bureaucratic voting system, with an attached “deaf” legal system, controlled and ruled by political and plutocratic, oligarchies. Such regimes, really has not much to do with the fundamental principles and practices of real democracy, where all attempts for despotism and injustice must be condemned in practice and where the citizens massive protests against such things, must be clearly expressed by the media and heard by the elected.
The post-war European citizens actually demanded that their Supreme Courts should do their job and react very hard and accurately, when the fundamental, democratic principles and the human rights were in great danger again. But the governments didn’t, the media didn’t, the oppositions didn’t, the courts didn’t. At least not until the late 60’s and the massive protest movements for civil and human rights and against the Vietnam war became international. After a short and finally quite lame democratization process in the European societies, because of the financial elites rabid resistance, they quickly succumbed to the intelligence services mass psycho-social manipulation tactics and manufacturing of public opinion and consent strategies. All in the service of the new colonial and geostrategic interests and aims of the western elite.
In spite of all this though, something very important had in fact been achieved by the peoples of Europe through their immense struggles and sacrifices, especially during the first half of the 20th century. At least the adequate constitutions, the legal and political agreements and the international laws and treaties were produced, agreed upon and signed, with the establishment of the democratic nation-state and the international peace treaties after WWII. But the governments and the legal systems didn’t create and they didn’t provide the accurate mechanisms and practices, in order to actually protect these laws, constitutions, agreements and treaties.
It stands clear today that those nations who put themselves in the forefront of western democracy, actually became those that most notoriously have broken these treaties, agreements and international laws ever since. And with the pretext to implement democracy. It was our bankers, our governments and our intelligence services with attached private corporations that deliberately undermined democracy and international justice after the war.
After seven decades with this crippled quasi-democratic rule and with a NATO and UN as this class determined democracy’s presumed guardians, most Europeans have become politically, ethically and socio-economically illiterate. Common people have lost interest in taking part in the public affairs because of this widespread quasi-democracy, in which a small self-proclaimed financial elite have convinced them that we need professional politicians, bureaucrats and technocrats in charge.
The western governments in US and EU have ignored the massive protests all over the world, particularly in Europe, over the last seven years. These massive rallies are actually the echoes of the voices that has been raised since this imperialist version of democracy presented itself immediately after WWII.
Now, it is time for the Europeans and the Americans to, through sincere and truthful self-evaluation, restore, strengthen and vitalize democracy, not further weaken and maim it. And it’s not one minute too early for International Justice to finally “grow a spine”, and start to actually defend and protect the human and civil rights and the democratic nation-states constitutions and rights adequately, and as its first and foremost priority.
The governments and the legal systems must take the peoples massive protests and arguments seriously. Because it is their main responsibility. That, has to become the rule and not the exception, and only we, the citizens of the democratic nation-states can make that happen by increasing our democratic struggles and not fall into more propagandist, sociopolitical traps or various distraction and division tactics.
To establish real Justice and true Democracy is the ultimate anti-terrorist action and its the only way to prevent a world war.
THE RESULTS AFTER 4 YEARS. OFFICIAL DATA:
The Greek government debt at the end of 2009 (before the “rescue” plan be started ), had stood at €298 billion, or. 127% of GDP ( IMF 2011a,37)..On January 10, 2013 – after paying interest and installments, and after a large haircut, the government debt rose to € 322 billion or 160.88% of GDP. .Today, July 20, 2013, the Greek government debt is almost € 381 billion or 192.28% of GDP!
Αt the end of 2009 unemployment rate was 9,5% ( Eurostat) Στο 9,5% η ανεργία στην Ελλάδα το 2009….Unemployment rate in March 2013 was 27,4% (CNBC.com), and now is bigger..
C) THE COUNTRY
Greece is shunned from the markets and has become a laughing stock, she has lost any semblance of standing and sovereignty, and after the debt restructuring, she is bankrupt and under foreign administration..
WHICH WERE THE REAL “PROBLEMS” TO BE SOLVED WITH THE RESCUE PLAN:
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2) Our Assets
The country’s unexploited assets, reserves and resources were no secret to anyone, as it was well known since 1981 that Greece joined the then EEC(of nine members) with three advantages : its commercial shipping, its mineral resources and the Greeks’ sharp business acumen.(Gaston Thorn, EEC President ,1981)
b) Greece was one of the very few western countries, maybe even the only one, which owned significant public property and very profitable state-owned utilities.
She also had important areas in the economy such as high quality agricultural products, tourism and shipping, where there is no real fear of labour competition from developing countries (China, India, Russia etc) as happens with german and other industries.
c) Other advantages:
low overall external debt, geostrategic position, a priceless cultural heritage and over the last decades Greece was the number one global shipping power. For example, in 2009, the total Greek external debt compared to GDP was 167% and, globally as well as in Europe, Greece was lagged far behind countries such as Ireland which came first with 1000%, Holland with approximately 470%, Britain with 416% and Portugal with 223%
Now, almost all these advantages disappeared and the assets are not ours anymore.
3) We, the Greek people
Before the rescue plan, we were normal europeans. We had a home, food, medicine and … a country .
Now, the majority of the population live below the poverty line, and a lot of people are in danger of losing their freedom because they can’t pay taxes and fees anymore. Day by day, more and more persons no longer have access to food, shelter, medicine and medical care, schools and hospitals are closing, parents are forced to leave their children in various institutions as they can no longer afford to care for them, long forgotten diseases have reappeared, the centre of Athens is now a ghetto and all big cities are swarming with homeless people. There is a reign of terror over society, the dignity of the Greek nation has been smashed to pieces and the whole country is suffering from depression.
About 600 000 people has already migrated from Greece, a lot have committed suicide and others die because they lack access to health care, food, etc.
Note: in whole 2009 we had a total of 391 suicides. In 2012, in a single semester with a smaller population, we had 1300! See the full article in greek Αυτοκτονίες 1960-2009 και σήμερα. Επίσημα στοιχεία
So, as you see, they are also near to solve the problem named… Greeks.
Related post and evidence:
[ In Greece there are hundred of indictments of high treason against the greek government but because justice are not working, we are speaking already about crimes against humanity . For this reason we was obliged to demand help from the ICC ]