An army contingent stands below a fluttering Greek flag after a hoisting ceremony at the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece Thursday, June 18, 2015. Greece and its creditors publicly blamed one another for an impasse in bailout talks, on the eve of a eurozone finance ministers' meeting billed as key to their outcome. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Syriza has stabbed the Greek people in the back

So now we know — it isn’t only the undemocratic, oligarchical EU that ignores the outcomes of referendums and presses on with its political plans regardless of what the oiks think; so do those who pose as critics of the EU, those like Syriza, which is now doing the opposite of what the Greek people asked it to.

Syriza has committed a crime against democratic politics even graver than the EU’s. For while Euro-institutions have always been relatively open about their desire to override the Greek people’s wishes in order to do what is ‘right’, Syriza presented itself as the servant of the Greek people, the pursuer of their democratically expressed desire for less, or ideally no, austerity. Yet now it has agreed to an austerity package even tougher than the one the Greek people rejected in a referendum just a week ago. The dishonesty is breathtaking, the cynicism stunning. Euro-institutions may have punched the Greek people in the face, but Syriza has done something worse: stabbed them in the back.

  • Glenfilthie

    I suspect the EU put together a presentation for Syriza complete with finger puppets and colouring books that explained Greece’s financial situation. When populations start to starve and food riots begin … Gubbiment hacks often end up hanging from the lamp posts.

    That is the reality of how bad this is – and now the Greeks are beginning to see how stupid they were. They will be LUCKY if they can get through this without food riots and civic breakdown.

    When you vote in socialists you tend to get the gov’t you deserve… Good and hard…

    • Well put. The Greeks were in debt – they got themselves into this situation. Naturally, they have to same day pay up, like it or not. Syriza offered them a pipe dream – getting away with it. Reality came crashing down on them. There is no cause for ungrateful complaint – they are lucky the EU is still supporting them.

  • canminuteman

    Syriza, like most politicians promised the people the impossible, then they were slapped in the face by reality. People can vote for unicorns and fairies all they want (which is what got them into this position in the first place), it doesn’t mean they are going to get it.

  • BobSykes

    The Greek/EU crisis is truly stunning.

    The Greek debt is unpayable, and it won’t be paid. The Troika refuses to admit that fact. Morevover, it can’t decide how to finance even a small bridge loan, never mind the enormous Greek debt, and there is yet more negotiating to do. Greece could still default on all its debt and leave the euro and the EU. Maybe even NATO.

    Right now, the Greeks are in an economic depression as severe as the 1930’s, and the economic reforms demanded by Germany and its friends will make the economic situation even worse. They put themselves in this position, but the Shylock bankers are demanding their pound of flesh and they will get it.

    More importantly, a largely disarmed Germany is revealed to be a true Fourth Reich controlling all of Europe outside of Russia.

    • canminuteman

      You’re right. The likely result of leaving the euro is starvation and civil war, and the likely result of staying in the euro and accepting more loans and “austerity measures” is starvation and civil war. Maybe this will be a lesson that voters in other countries can learn from.

      • Glenfilthie

        Errrr…Bob…? Germany (and Japan, for that matter, and probably a handful of other nations) – can go from rubber boots to jack boots in the blink of an eye. Who’s going to stop them if they do? Barkie Obutthole and the US? HAR HAR HAR!
        They can’t leave the EU even if they wanted to…where would they go? People won’t trade with other people that don’t pay their bills.
        The EU is not the villain here – they are trying to HELP Greece…and like animals, the Greeks are trying to bite that helping hand. The EU knows it isn’t going to get paid. They are trying to keep Greece from going up in flames because if it does – then they lose their investment for sure – and the other PIIGS will probably follow suit.
        They are trying to handle this like gentlemen; unfortunately all this is – is a desperate grab at trying to salvage the unsalvageable. There are no power games going on here, contrary to the dim bulbs.

  • andycanuck

    Reality’s a bitch.

  • Millie_Woods

    I wonder what the EU promised Syriza in return for their treachery?

    • Minicapt

      “Blood, sweat, and tears”?
      … no treachery involved, just a General Purpose Socialist highway robbery which became a spectacular failure …