June 15, 2012 · 0 Comments
From: Eugene Schulman
New York Times
I can’t resist remarking on this editorial in today’s NYT by the editor of a Greek newspaper (How Greece Squandered Its Freedom, June 15). I don’t know anything about his political views or that of his newspaper, but it seems to me that people like him are as much at fault for Greece’s problems as anyone else. Today he whines over the past and all the missed opportunities for Greece to grow and provide its people with the things all democrats strive for. I wonder where Mr. Konstandaras has been all the time that his government allowed EU institutions to impose such draconian measures on his country. Where was he when the international banking industry favored that government with non-repayable loans at high interest rates, knowing the country would fall into bankruptcy? Did he complain then? Did he and his newspaper do anything to foresee and avoid what the results of his government’s policies would wreak?
With all his whining, I fail to see him offer any solutions in his editorial. He describes the two main party candidates for the coming election, but fails to favor one over the other. He takes pains to denigrate Syriza and its leader Mr. Tsipras as populist, but as far as anyone can see, they are the only entity that is offering solutions to Greece’s problems. They at least recognize what a disaster it would be if Greece left the eurozone, not only for itself, but for the rest of Europe, as well. It has been refreshing to see Mr. Tsipras stand up to the austerity loving EU leaders and tell them he (Greece) will not bow to their demands. Let’s give the man a chance!