Asking debtors to pay up is now terrorism?


Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Athens’ creditors of “terrorism” in an interview, a day before Greeks vote in a high-stakes referendum on the conditions of the country’s bailout.

“What they’re doing with Greece has a name – terrorism,” Varoufakis told the Spanish El Mundo daily on Saturday.

“What Brussels and the troika want today is for the “Yes” (vote) to win so they could humiliate the Greeks.”

“Why did they force us to close the banks? To instill fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism,” he said, referring to the IMF, European Central Bank and the EU.

These idiots have been living beyond their means.  They have not heeded all the warnings and offers of help along the way.  And now that the Day of Reckoning has come, everyone else is to blame.  

Varoufakis said that whatever the result of Sunday’s vote, in which the government is calling for a “No” vote, the banks would reopen and Athens would end up reaching an accord with its creditors.

“Europe needs an agreement, Greece needs an agreement, meaning we will reach an agreement,” he said, reiterating a pledge to resign if the “Yes” vote carried the day.

Varoufakis insisted that the “troika” of creditors wanted to “humiliate Greeks” and make them an example of what not to do for other countries, like Spain, where radical left-wing parties are on the march.

The humiliation has already happened.  You’ve been using Other People’s Money and living it up large in a socialist paradise.  And now that you’ve run out of Other People’s Money, it’s not your own fault.


Sadly, given the chance at least half of this country thinks that this is a viable way to run things too.  Because the “Other People’s Money” tap just never runs out, they always want more, and whenever you have something they want, it’s “not fair”.

Greece is like the irresponsible teenager of Europe, and it’s time to grow up.


– Aljazeera

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