Τετάρτη, 15 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

(Article by Mikis Theodorakis TO THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC) "THE TRUTH ABOUT GREECE"

There is a global conspiracy to complete the destruction of my country. They started that since 1975, aiming the Modern Greek culture, they continued with the distortion of our recent history and our national identity and now, they’re also trying to eliminate us biologically with unemployment, hunger and misery. If the Greek people don’t have the will united to stand up and stop them, there is a serious, real risk, for Greece’s extinction. I believe, this will take place within the next ten years. From all of us, the Greeks, all will remain will be the memory of our civilization and our struggles in History for freedom.

Till 2009, there wasn’t serious economic problem. The great “plagues” of our economy, was the warfare’s overspending and corruption from a part of the political and financial-journalism site. But for both these wounds, foreign nations had share responsibility for that. For instance, Germans, French, English and Americans, who earn billions at the expense of our national wealth from warfare business. This constant “bleeding”, “kneeled” us and didn’t allowed us to move forward to growth, while offered huge wealth to foreign nations. The same happened with the corruption problem. For instance, the German firm SIEMENS had a “special branch” for the acquisition of Greek officials, in order to place their products in the Greek markets. Therefore, the Greeks became victims of this “predators duet” (Greeks and Germans), who got very rich at the expense of Greek people.
It’s obvious, that these two large “plagues” could be avoided, if the leaders of the both “american” Greek parties wouldn’t eroded by corruption, and trying to cover the wealth’s “drain” (a wealth which was the product the Greek people’s labor) to the foreign countries’ treasure vaults, the Greek parties resorted to excessive borrowing, resulting the Greek debt reaching the 300 billion, or the 130% of Greek GNI (Gross National Income).

With this scam, the foreigner nations gained double benefits. First, from the warfare’s business with Greece and from selling their products to Greek markets. And secondly, from the huge interest of their money - lent to the Greek governments and not the Greek people. As we can fully understand from that, the Greek people was the main victim in both cases. Just one example, could convince you all. The Interest on the loan of $1,000,000,000 made by Andreas Papandreou in 1986 from a major European country, reached the $54,000,000,000 and Greece paid them up in... 2010!!!

Mr. Juncker said a year ago that he found a huge Greek excessive “bleeding” from forced (!)purchase of warfare materials/weapons, especially from Germany and France. And therefore, he concluded that these sells leading Greece to certain disaster. But he confesses that he took no action, because he didn’t want to harm the interests of friendly countries!

In 2008, a great economic crisis erupted in Europe. So, the following affect was to crash the Greek economy. However, the living standard, high enough for Greece to have been ranked among the 30 richest countries in the world, remained essentially unchanged. But there was a rising of the public debt.

But this public debt, doesn’t necessarily lead a country to an economic crisis. The debts of major countries such as the U.S.A. and Germany, are estimated at trillion! The problem is whether there is economic growth and production or not. Only then a country can borrow from large banks networks with an interest rate to 5%, until the crisis passed.

We were in this position during 2009, just when the government changed in November and George Papandreou became Greece’s Prime Minister. To fully understand what the Greek people thinks today for his disastrous policies, I quote two numbers: In 2009’s elections, PASOK won 44% of the votes. Today, the polls give just 6%!
Mr. Papandreou could confront the economic crisis (which would reflect the European one), with loans from foreign banks - and the usual interest rate is below 5%! If he would that, there would be no problem for our country. Exactly the opposite would happened, because we were had economic growth and therefore will would have rising of our living standards.

But Mr. Papandreou had already started the conspiracy against the Greek people from the summer of 2009, when he secretly met with Strauss-Kahn, to lead Greece under the domination of IMF. The information for this secret meeting was published, by the former President of IMF!

But before that, the Greek economy should be “fixed” that much, to fear the foreign banks and raise their lending rates to prohibitive figures. This unspeakable conspiracy began with the false Public deficit skyrocketing from 9.2% to 15%! For this serious crime, the attorney Mr. Peponis referred before Justice Mr Papandreou and Mr Papaconstantinou (Minister of Finance), 20 days ago.

This Public deficit skyrocketing, followed by the systematic “campaign” of Mr. Papandreou and the Greek Minister of Finance all over the Europe for 5 months, which they tried to persuade the Europeans that Greece is... a “Titanic” about to sink, that the Greeks are corrupted people, lazy and therefore unable to deal with country's needs! In every single statement of them, the interest rates were rising up so Greece couldn’t borrow anymore; so, Greece’s subjection to the IMF and the European Bank took a character of “salvation”, but in fact it was the beginning of our death!

In May 2010, the famous “Memorandum” signed by a single one Minister; that is Greece’s full allegiance to our lenders. The Greek law requires the adoption of such important agreements from the 3/5 of the Greek House. So basically, the “Memorandum” and “Troika” are ruling Greece totally illegal, not only because the Greek Law, but also on European Law!

Since that took place, if there are 20 steps leading to our death, we’ve done more than half of the way. Imagine that with this “Memorandum”, we’re totally giving to foreigners our National Independence and our Public Property! Meaning, ports, airports, roads, electricity, water, underground and undersea natural wealth etc. Even our historical monuments, like the Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, Epidaurus etc., since we resign from all relevant objections!

The production stopped, the unemployment rose to 18%, over 80,000 shops and hundreds of thousands of industries closed down,. A total of 432,000 businesses, bankrupted. Thousands of young scientists are leaving this “sinking” country and every day we’re facing... a medieval darkness. Thousands of formerly wealthy people looking for trash and sleeping on the sidewalks and roads.
Meanwhile, we supposed still alive... thanks to the generosity of our rulers, the European banks and the IMF! In fact, every single package with dozens of billion we borrow... is returning back where it came from and the Greek people bearing more and more unbearable new interests. And because there is a need to maintain the State, the hospitals and schools, “Troika” loads the middle and lower economic class of Greek society with exorbitant taxes, which lead directly to starvation! Greeks faced another similar general starvation in the beginning of the German occupation in 1941 in WWII, with 300,000 dead people in six months! Since then, hunger coming back to our unfortunate and slandered country.

If you think that the German occupation in WWII cost us 1,000,000 dead and the complete destruction of our country, how do you expect we’ll accept the threats of Mss Merkel and the German intention to impose on us a new “Gauleiter” (district manager),... this time, with tie!...
And to prove to you all, how Greece is a rich country and how the Greeks are conscious and hardworking people (consciousness the Debt to Freedom and love for our fatherland), I’ll tell you about the German occupation from 1941 until October 1944. When the “Waffen-SS” and starvation killed 1,000,000 people and “Wehrmacht” systematically destroyed our country, stealing the agricultural production and our gold from our banks, the Greeks saved themselves from starvation by creating the “National Solidarity Movement” and they created a partisan army of 100,000, which they riveted 20 German divisions in our country!
At the same time, the Greeks didn’t just survived thanks to their hard work, but there was also a great flourishing of the Greek art (in occupation conditions), especially in literature and music.

Greece chose the path of sacrifice for freedom and simultaneously, the path of survival.
And in that point, “they” unnecessarily struck us and we responded with Solidarity and Resistance... and we survived. So we do now, certain ourselves that the final victor, will be the Greek people. This is message I’m sending to Mrs Merkel and Mr Schaeuble, saying that I remaining friend of the German People and admirer of their great contribution to science, philosophy, art and particular in music! And perhaps, the best proof of this is that I trusted all my musical projects in two German publishers, “Schott & Breitkopf”, one of the major publishers in the world and my collaboration with them is extremely friendly.

They are threatening us with eviction from Europe. If Europe doesn’t want us one time, this “Merkel - Sarkozy Europe” we don’t want ten times! Today, Sunday, February 12, I’m preparing myself to take part to this new fight together with Manolis Glezos - the hero who took down the “swastika” from the Acropolis and gave the signal for the beginning not only of the Greek but also the European resistance to Hitler. Our streets and squares will flood hundreds of thousands of people, who will demonstrate their anger against our government and “Troika”.

I heard yesterday our banker-Prime Minister, addressing to the Greek people and saying that "we have come almost to point zero." But, who are these men they led us to the point ZERO? The same ones they should be in jail and they’re extorting their MPs to sign a new “Memorandum” worse than the first one, to be applied by the same people and the same methods that led us to this point zero! Why? Because that demands IMF and Euro Group, blackmailing us that unless we obey, we’ll be bankrupted... This is totally absurd! All these they hate us (Greeks and foreigners) and they are the only responsible for our dramatic situation, they are threaten, blackmailing us, in order to continue their destructive work, to lead us below that point zero, to our final extinction!

We survived from many major difficult conditions through the centuries and it is certain that if they lead us by force at the final step before our death, the Greeks will not only survive but will regrow! Currently, I devoted all my strength trying to unite the Greek people. I’m trying to convince them, that “Troika” and the IMF isn’t the only way! That there is another solution! And this is, to change radically our nation’s course and turn to Russia for economic cooperation and to create partnerships that will help us to grow the natural wealth of our country, with terms of ensuring our national interest. Concerning Europe, I suggest to stop buying military hardware from Germany and France. And we’ll do anything necessary, so Germany should pay the war reparations due to us, which may amount now (with interests) to 500 billion!

The only force that can make these revolutionary changes, is the Greek people, united in a huge “Resistance and Solidarity Front”, to drive off “Troika” (IMF and European banks) from our country. While all these illegal actions (loans, debts, interest, taxes, purchases of public wealth), should be considered null and void! Of course, their Greeks “partners”, convicted in the minds of our people as traitors, should be punished!

For this purpose (uniting the People in one Front) I am totally and completely committed myself and I believe that ultimately, I’ll be vindicated. I fought with arms in hand against Hitler's occupation. I’ve been in the dungeons of the “Gestapo”. I condemned by the Germans to death and miraculously I lived. In 1967 I founded the NAF (National Anti-Dictatorship Front), the first resistance organization against the Greek military junta. I fought underground. I was caught and imprisoned in the "slaughter-house" of Junta’s Security Committee. Eventually, I survived again.

Today, I am 87 years old and is very likely I’m not going to live the salvation of my beloved fatherland. But I will die with clear conscience, because I’m still doing my Duty towards the ideals of Liberty and the Law, till the end!

Athens, 12/2/2012

Mikis Theodorakis 
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