Our government is a pack of fools.
They, like the Greeks, had the opportunity to take banksters and arrest them for their crimes, giving them a fair and public trial and then imprisoning them.
Instead they fell into league with them, engaging in hinky derivative deals and other scams, effectively being their co-conspirators.
"The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945" the note said.
This reminds me of what John F. Kennedy (yes, President of the United States) once said:
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Peaceful revolution is not yet impossible in the United States. But continued pandering to the banksters, covering up and refusing to prosecute their frauds along with the incessant whines from people like Geithner who prattle on about how government can borrow forever without regard to the cost whittle away at that margin.
Exactly where the corner is -- where the people of this nation, or those of Greece -- decide that peaceful revolution and reformation of their government and enforcement of the rule of law through political means has become impossible is in and of itself impossible to determine with certainty.
But that the corner exists is also known with certainty. It is just blind to all who look for it, as it comes in fickle form not born of reason but of emotion, fear and destitution.
History says that those who believe that the incessant screwing of the American people, or of any people, will be tolerated forever are wrong. Old men like this one will choose to take their own lives rather than scrape on the ground like dogs seeking a tiny scrap of food. But eventually, one of those old men will have a young son, and he will judge the injustices that he sees to be intolerable and that there is no longer recourse before the law. He will see the death of his father as a reason to take other lives -- the lives of those who he judges to be responsible. The spark of his father will fall on dry tinder and catch fire.
I pray, during this Holy Week, that our government and those across Europe recognize that we are long past the point where the entanglements with these banksters should have been unwound, the frauds prosecuted and the deficit spending stopped, for I do not wish to live in a nation where that spark has fallen onto a patch of dry grass, or worse, into a jar of gasoline.
Yes, unwinding these frauds, prosecuting them and halting the lies -- in short, facing that our governments cannot be all things to all people and must live within what they can tax in the present tense, will be difficult.
But it will be less difficult than the alternative.