Biden’s hawks and the Greek elections

By Themis Tzimas

The website Moon of Alabama reported some information that should be of concern (to those  in their right mind at least): a number of senior Biden officials who hold China-related roles are resigning from their posts with various excuses, while in the meantime the US president is choosing to promote people from the bipartisan “party of hawks”. It is not unreasonable to assume that the US is preparing to set fire to Taiwan, which it would rather destroy completely than let it reunite with China.

At the same time, the US appears to be preparing to equip Ukraine with F-16s while giving “permission” to its puppets in Ukraine to attack Crimea. After the procurement of depleted uranium weapons and long-range missiles by the main US subcontractor (the government of the UK) these two moves push the war further beyond Russian “red lines”. The U.S. and its allies, not only are willing fight to the last Ukrainian, but they will also fight with low-powered nuclear weapons, causing immeasurable environmental damage and, of course, risking a cataclysmic Russian response.

In both cases, the US is instrumentalizing a country and a region respectively in order to attack its two main adversaries, risking life on the planet. All this is well known, but constantly hidden from the mainstream media. It is through this prism that it is particularly interesting to dwell on the elections in Greece. There is no doubt that the first three parties in the Hellenic Parliament, in their present form, are perfectly friendly (to put it politely) and in fact dependent on the embassy of the United States first and other Western states secondarily. According to the US, Greece has a number of key obligations: to facilitate the transfer of NATO weapons and troops to the Ukrainian front; Arm Ukraine against Russia like the rest of the EU and NATO countries, as well as support it in every way; to ensure “calm waters” in the Aegean in its relations with Turkey, even by accepting concessions at the expense of its national rights (as the governments of the right did before the dictatorship of the colonels and the junta itself); to serve U.S. economic interests in the region; to contribute to the regional security of the State of Israel; to hinder the development of China’s “One Belt, One Road Initiative”, in which the port of Piraeus has an important role to play.

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Washington in the person of the Greek prime minister has found its ideal “man”. In an environment of completely controlled media, with the oligarchy aligned with the same aims, the right-wing government has no hesitation even in partially disarming the Aegean islands in favor of US aims. At the same time, the opposition does not dare to talk about any of the above, given that its transatlantic commitments are many and deep, even when it takes positions that could be popular among the Greek people. It is characteristic parenthetically that while Alexis Tsipras, the leader of SYRIZA, the second biggest party in the Hellenic Parliament objected the transfer of weapons from Greece to Ukraine- a position that is not shared by KINAL/PASOK, which under its latest leaders is even more pro- US– his own party attempts to hide this position, in order not to be accused of “Putinism”. In interpreting election results, domestic policies obviously play a key role. But to understand why the main political parties are arranged in one way or another in domestic politics, one must first look at their stance in international politics. How predictable they are for the US (what Washington demands) or whether they cause insecurities. The United States is followed by Germany and finally by Israel. Only, when a party in Greece accepts patronage on the part of Washington, it gets into a tight corset in terms of its domestic policies as well. Regardless of what it declares (and can state almost anything it wants in terms of its ideological orientation), it must not disrupt the flow of capital to the “patronage” and to the “oligarchy”, who treasure with the backs of the “patronage”.

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In Greece, we do not follow the didactic, evolving, history of Pakistan, nor do we remember our own history of the previous decades. During the ’60’s, the coalition of the “center” came to power in Greece, under Georgios Papandreou. Georgios Papandreou was a fierce anti-communist and pro-American politician, albeit not from the “right”. Still, he was overthrown in 1965, following a plot against him by the king of Greece- Greece back then had still a king- the economic oligarchy and the US, with the collaboration of some of his party MP’s under the guidance of the father of the present, Greek Prime Minister. This incident in Greek history is called the “Apostasy”, because MP’s from the party of Georgios Papandreou left his party and attempted to form governments with the “right”. He was overthrown, not of course, because he was a leftist. But because he had said “no” to the US on the Cyprus problem. Together with the palace and the US embassy, the economic elites violated constitutional order so that they could install a government of US puppets. When this plan failed, they imposed the Greek junta, which betrayed Cyprus to the Turks. This historical incident always reminds us who pulls the strings behind the curtains.

Today, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the man for all U.S. jobs. But it is not enough. They will have to control other political forces of the willing too. Hence it is in Washington’s interest to have two weak, center-left parties in the space of the “center”, which will adopt strategically- speaking policies of the right: SYRIZA and KINAL – the former PASOK. This does not mean that people do not vote and decide to a certain extent. Of course, they vote. But they vote within a stunted democracy, as before the dictatorship, even though today’s stunting is expressed in more refined methods. The Greek political system is the political system of the willing. Willing to serve the United States. Hence, they will not talk about anything important, not even in this election period. Their problem is that the international situation is bleak and is getting darker by the day. There is a deep fear in the Greek establishment and that the political system may become unstable. All we are witnessing now are the preparations in advance of such a potential. There will be a lot of noise towards the elections of the 25th of June but what is important are the whispers.

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