Monday, April 09, 2012

Germany Driving Greeks to Suicide

Echoes of the Nazi Occupation of World War II

Once again, Germans have Greek blood on their hands, as this report shows.

Actually, the article only scratches the surface of what's really going on in Greece. The economic crisis is fast becoming a political crisis, with the potential to spread across Europe and even into the United States, given the banking and financial connections between the EU and the U.S.

Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year old former pharmacist who killed himself with a handgun last Wednesday morning in Athens’ Syntagma Square, left a suicide note in which he compared Greece’s coalition government, which is imposing extreme austerity measures at the behest of the German-dominated European Union and the International Monetary Fund, to the Greek puppet regime of Georgios Tsolakoglou under Nazi occupation during World War II.

Saying he would rather end his life with dignity than end up “scavenging through garbage looking for food”, Christoulas called on his country's youth to rise up and “hang this country's traitors in arms in Syntagma Square just as the Italians hanged Mussolini in 1945.”

The suicide recalls the self-immolation in December 2010 of Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian vegetable vendor, whose death sparked mass protests that led to the overthrow of the Tunisian regime.

The unemployment level in Greece exceeds 20%. Youth unemployment is over 50%. Many young people are leaving, hoping to find work in other European countries.

Endnote: In 1939 Greece’s prime minister, General Ioannis Metaxas, said that “the old Europe would end when the swastika flew over the Acropolis.” The Nazi flag did not rise over the Acropolis until April 1941. Metaxas was a dictator; but he was also a patriot who resisted Hitler and Mussolini. Today, many Greeks are effectively saying German domination of their country threatens to end the new Europe.