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Jake, your language is bordering the impolite, which is leaving me wondering what exactly you don't like about this post.

That you are scaremongering in the service of an austerity policy that is going to kill on the order of 60 thousand Greeks over the next decade or so.

If every state would leave the EU simply because they don't like where the Council is leading there would be no EU at all.

In the first place, EU membership has never been a question. The notion that it is impossible to leave the Euro without leaving the EU is pro-austerity propaganda. There is no mechanism for forcing a country to exit the European Union in response to their refusal to honour the Euro as the sole legal tender in their jurisdiction.

In the second place, no EU institution has any legal authority to impose line-item vetoes on the Greek budget. But the Troika is doing it anyway. In this context, your appeals to be good Europeans and follow the rules (as dictated by an insane central bank and a chancellor who is unfit to manage a kindergarden, let alone a mid-sized European country) is simply laughable.

And in the third place, to describe the situation as "simply not liking where the Council is leading" is such a mendacious lie that I wonder what the fuck you were thinking when you wrote it. To reiterate: The austerity policy being imposed on Greece will murder on the order of one per cent of the Greek population over the next decade.

This is not "simply not liking" a policy. It is self-defense against an enemy occupation.

There is no comparison between the news we have been scantly getting from Iran and those we are getting from Greece.

What news are you getting from Greece?

Do you understand the EU Jake?

Yes. Certainly better than you do.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 06:59:09 PM EST
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