Greek crisis and disorientation operations latest update: the return of “success story” and followings
by system failure
Right after the short governmental crisis in Greece, when “Dimokratiki Aristera”, the leftist party of the governmental troika, retired from the governmental coalition, another disorientation operation began immediately in Greece, by the banking-media establishment and its politicians-puppets in power, through a massive propaganda attack, in an effort to downgrade the major issue that came up, after the unacceptable decision concerning the closing of the Greek public broadcaster (ERT), and also, to disorientate Greek people from the new catastrophic measures which are about to come, and include among other things, massive discharges in public sector, as exactly the lenders' troika wants.
The return of “success story” operation with help from abroad and the pipeline war
Right after the setting of the new government, in which now participate exclusively the two parties that were the basic representatives of big corporative interests and state-draining private sector during the last decades in Greece, a new deal came up very fast, concerning the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) from Azerbaijan, which was fully supported by the European “partners” of Greece. Domestic big media presented the deal in triumph and reproduced the credits of Western big media - which rushed to contribute in propaganda - related to the deal.
The reproducing speed of the news shows that the TAP pipeline deal was settled quite a long time ago. It was a secret card which Europeans gave to the Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras - as reward for the applied catastrophic measures - the right time, in an attempt to escape from difficult situation, bringing back the “success story” even for a while, in order to gain some time and pass the new cruel measures against Greek society. Which means that Samaras is a hostage of the domestic and international big capital and simply follows the orders. The “stopover” of Samaras in Azerbaijan returning from his trip to China was not, of course, accidental. Therefore, there is no initiative of any Greek government concerning TAP.
Also, the failure of selling the Greek gas company (DEPA) to Russians, was not accidental, since in this case, Gazprom would have become the basic stakeholder of the Greek-Bulgarian pipeline IGB, in which the Greek company participates. And this means that the supply of Bulgaria and Romania with gas from Azerbaijan would be impossible.
The 180 degree turn of European Commission is characteristic, since, while appeared at the start supporting fully the Nabucco pipeline, subsequently withdrew its support, since Nabucco was no longer competitive against Russian interests pipeline South Stream.
All the above prove, on the one hand, that the West wants, by any means, to minimize Russian influence in the Eastern Balkans and Greece, on the other, that Greece has fully granted her sovereignty to Western interests, through public debt, without being able to make the slightest move in future. This appears to be a nightmare situation because the country will be forced to deal future crises without any negotiating ability, in the case of - for example - “gray zones”-type solutions enforcement. The other big project cancellation concerning the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline, which would had strengthened significantly the defense of Thace, is characteristic.
Extremely delayed statements, adjusted polls, “drafted” bankers and “independent” MPs
Only two days after the formation of the new government, a statement appeared “accidentally”, through which the new organization “Popular Fighters Group”, took responsibility for the assault with Kalashnikov automatic rifle against central headquarters of “Nea Dimokratia”, the right-wing party leading government coalition. The assault took place last January, which means that the statement came up with over a five-month delay! The extreme delay of taking responsibility and statement appearance at the specific time, show not only a provocateur action, but another card used the right moment by the systemic establishment, to enhance disorientation operations against public.
At about the same time, a specific poll came up and disseminated remarkably fast by the major media, according to which, generally, “Nea Dimokratia” slightly increased its power from the opposition left-wing party SYRIZA, the Socialist governmental coalition party PASOK increased its power due to its decision to support government after the ERT fiasco, and “Dimokratiki Aristera” who left the governmental coalition, appeared to be loosing power, and therefore payed for the decision to abandon government. The poll and the way that has been presented from the big media, was targeting to defuse tense from the huge reactions in Greece and abroad after the decision of government to close ERT.
A small, characteristic example of the way the major media present such polls: tv-speaker focus on the fact that 31,7% of the people participated, evaluate positively the new government Nea Dimokratia - PASOK, without reference at all on 58,3%, thus significantly higher percentage, of people who evaluate it negatively! At the same time, charts are passing fast on TV screen, so that the viewer cannot evaluate properly the poll findings!
During these disorientation operations, even the banker Michalis Sallas, one of the basic representatives of the big international banking interests in Greece, was called out, to make a statement, according to which, Greece today stands at the best point of the last five years(!), and this statement was reproduced very fast from the big media. However, if one think twice, this was not a surprise, since Sallas' "colleagues", bankers, made huge profits the last five years, while the vast majority of the Greek people were led to poverty and suffer until today.
Ex-independent MPs, Markopoulos and Soldatos were also called out to support government, in order to enhance the week majority of the government in Greek parliament and justify Samaras' call for “unity in difficult times”. According to this new disorientation tactic, the supposed displeased - with catastrophic policies - MPs, withdraw their support to governmental parties, stay in the ice as independent MPs, and when things are getting difficult, they return back to their parties and government coalition. The Markopoulos-Soldatos case is characteristic, since after leaving Nea Dimokratia, they re-elected with “Anexartiti Ellines” political party, in order to validate their stance against catastrophic policies imposed by the troika lenders, but in the first chance, left from party and stayed in ice as independent MPs, in order to be ready for their come back to “Nea Dimokratia”.
Disorientation operations and the new theatrical performance from the banking-media establishment, are not related of course with the real picture in Greece. A characteristic example is that, the closing of bread-industry “Katselis” and its nearly 500 workers left unemployed, was a fact which the big media didn't bother to present, in order to keep the new “success story” festive unaffected.
But the neoliberal dictatorship performances continue in a European level too, and one recent example is the informal summit of EU, during which, European officials decided to fight the youth unemployment with the amount of 6 billion euros. Just remember only the 28 billion euros, for a start, with which the Greek ex-Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis enhanced the Greek banks, even before the arrival of the global financial crisis in Greece, and you have a good sample of how important the amount of 6 billion euros is, and how much will contribute to the big problem of youth unemployment in Europe.
Triumphs about closing the TAP pipeline deal, were supported with the - necessary for the case - estimation of the number of new jobs that will be created in future, but the systemic parrots didn't bother, as usual, to estimate the new thousands of jobs that will be lost in public and private sector, due to the continuous implementation of catastrophic policies from the neoliberal dictatorship.