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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Greece. Basketcase of Europe, or bastion of resistance?

The financial crisis in Greece has affected the country in more than one way. One of the positive things to come out of the drama associated with the method used by the EU to punish the people is to force Greeks to re evaluate their relationship with their Western 'allies'

Greece holds a very significant strategic position especially since it controls the sea from the Bosporus canal to the Mediterranean sea. The country has been used and abused over the centuries by external powers determined to keep the country within the western sphere of influence. Greece has been a 'good ally' by staying firmly on the right side during the last two world wars, and that was the right thing to do.

It was Churchill who made sure that the country did not turn communist at the end of wwii but that meant a long and costly civil war. The country's infrastructure was destroyed and the West did very little to help with reconstruction. In addition the CIA imposed a military dictatorship on the people of Greece which lasted from 1967 to 1974. This was because the Socialist government prior to the dictatorship was refusing the allow the USA use Greek soil to re-supply Israel. We then had the American instigated invasion of Cyprus in 1974 by the Turkish army. The point here is that Greece has derived very little to no benefit by remaining within the so called Western alliance.

So I am glad that Greeks are now re evaluating their position and talk of forming new alliances perhaps with Russia. Greeks know how to set the agenda and will not be pushed into any corner. If the West wants to retain Greece within the Western sphere of influence then they will not achieve that by making 9 year old children depend on handouts and soup kitchens. Time for them to look at their responsibilities otherwise the country should jump ship. A nice little naval base for the Russian fleet will soon get NATO and their masters in Washington re think the whole affair?

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