Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Why Germany Has No Right to Inflict Pain On Greece
Ever since the Greek debt crisis began no country has been more aggressive in demanding its pound of flesh than Germany, and its flinty chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel has made it clear that she wants the Greeks to be punished, not just for the money they owe, but also for having the temerity to vote for a left-wing anti-austerity government.
Even though no country has less of a moral right to inflict pain on Greece.
Not after what the Germans did to that country during the Second World War.
For it was an absolute horror show, and nothing less than genocide.
During the Battle for Greece almost 20,000 enlisted Greek men were killed, and more than a 100,000 were wounded or frostbitten, one fifth of them ending up amputees. About 4,000 civilians were killed in air raids, which also destroyed hundreds of buildings, including churches, hospitals and schools. But those numbers pale by comparison to the loss of human life experienced during the occupation. According to conservative estimates the deaths resulting directly from the war before the war ended, adds up to about 578,000.
Not only were more than 1,700 villages were destroyed in retaliation for attacks on their forces by the Greek resistance. Not only did they kill thousands of innocent men, women, and children in the most bestial manner.
They stole their money, their livestock, their food, and condemned hundreds of thousands of others to death by starvation. They destroyed roads, railways, bridges, and ports.
Greece was already a poor country before the Nazis invaded, but by the time they left it was devastated.
And yet in 1953 when Germany applied to have its massive war debt forgiven, who do you think agreed to reduce that debt?
Yes, the Greeks, who would show those Nazi beasts the mercy they never received.
And yet when the Greek government recently asked the wealthy Germans for reparations, the answer they received was nein.
"They won't get their debts paid by conjuring up German obligations from World War II," scoffed German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, last month, when Athens made noises about a renewed reparations push.
"The likelihood is zero," echoed German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also in March.
With all the arrogance and contempt that those only a bloated Hun can muster.
You know, Germany is lucky that I wasn't in a position of authority in the years following the end of the Second World War.
For I have always believed they got off too easily. And I would have made that country pay and suffer for its crimes for the next thousand years.
But all I'm asking them to do now is show impoverished Greece, the country they ravaged, some humanity.
And yes as always, for those who fought the Nazis so bravely...
For all those innocents who were murdered by those inhuman monsters...
Damn you fraulein Merkel and your bastard banksters. If the Germans could have their debts forgiven after doing that, so can the Greeks.
Long live that poor suffering people.
Long live the heroic Greek resistance...
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