Crocodile tears for Greece, by Bruno Adrie

After apologizing tearfully to the Marxists all over the world, the non-Marxist Tsipras had the parliament vote the package of laws that make Greece’s agony longer and deeper. As can be read in this dispatch from Reuters, July 16th 2015, this new package deals with retirement pensions and VAT, this tax displaced from the rich to all the consumers, and promises an increase of the liberalization of the economy, that is to say an augmentation of the national and international financial forces’ ability to pillage public properties, especially thanks to – but should I really say such an obvious thing? – a reduction of public expenses – please understand “non-military”. If this is not what you call “selling one’s own people”, you must find a more blatant example: Pinochet maybe, or the Argentinian junta in March 24th 1976. One must say that those army methods left very sad memories. One must also say that part of the Argentinian people took up arms and the Chilean people had found in Salvador Allende a brave, determined man, who was ready to fight and ready to die. An old engaged man who, even under the bombings, never gave up his dream of justice and hence did not have to apologize to the Marxists all over the world, since he was the best of all them. We are far from the young Tsipras, smiling to the chamber in front of his diktat when, a few meters from there, demonstrators are gazed who try to say with Molotov cocktails what words obviously did not have enough strength to reach the surprisingly clogged ears of the great majority of the Syrizians deputies.

Tsipras’s Greece, that we now know is the rich’s and the pro-European’s, had to, in order to succeed in signing the enslaving of a whole nation, get rid of Yanis Varufakis, who, whatever could be said – it is true that one may be skeptic in front of the little theater of the visible but hardly interpretable events, unless one is the all-knowing god Schaüble –, was obviously an obstacle to the good proceedings of the programmed butchery. The event should teach a lesson to all those who still believe that referendums are more than opinion polls and that, on July 5th, Tsipras was going to give Europe back to the peoples. In Europe, and particularly in Western Europe, peoples no longer exist politically, apart from a few areas where some people think things through, and devote themselves to the very subtle art of learning by heart the ready-to-swallow formulas of the commercialized TV channels with ridiculous news readers, well-combed and saddled with press cards to look like journalists. There is no people, in any case it resigned, and, as once said Margaret Thatcher, a British philosopher and sociologist who died in the torment of a madness that possessed her through all her life and ended up turning against her: “There’s no such thing [as society]. There are individual men and women.” (Interview to the magazine Woman’s Own on October 31st 1987)

Yet, very early, it may have seemed weird that Syriza did not want to exit the euro, the only viable solution in the medium term according to economists like Costas Lapavitsas, certainly more documented and more able to judge the issue than our journalists that only talk about the upholding of the Eurozone.

Manolis Glezos, a member of Syriza in the European Parliament had already raised the alarm one month after Alexis Tsipras’s election and had already apologized, a laudable apology this time, for the absence of determining stance against austerity.

“The Greek people voted for what Syriza promised: that we abolish the regime of austerity, which is the strategy not only of the oligarchies of Germany and the other creditor countries but also of the Greek oligarchy; that we abrogate the Memorandum and the Troika and all the austerity legislation; that the next day, with one law, we abolish the Troika and its consequences. A month has passed and this promise has yet to become action. It is a pity indeed. From my part, I apologize to the Greek people for having assisted in this illusion. Before we continue in the wrong direction, before it’s too late, let’s react.”

But what illusion is Manlios Glezos talking about? Syriza’s project? Certainly not, since he appeared faithful to the objectives and believed that they should keep struggling against the oligarchic austerity plan. No, the illusion, according to him, was Syriza and its leader – who else? – Alexis Tsipras, the man who did not die under the bombings, the man who did not even resigned before failing, the man with crocodile tears who apologizes to the Marxists all over the world. As if one made history by apologizing. The defeated Allende never apologized. He did not make any concessions, he refused to leave the Palacio de la Moneda, he promised that the struggle would go on, and died.

“Go forward knowing that, sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again where free men will walk to build a better society.” (“Salvador Allende’s last speech”, Radio Magallanes, September 11th 1973)

Bruno Adrie (translated by Clara Piraud)