July 12, 2012
Just how bad is the Greek economy? Of all the economic horror stories produced since the banking crisis began in 2007, Greece is perhaps the most frightening to date, and in the wake of the country’s crash, xenophobia is starting to rear its ugly head in Greece.
Unemployment, cuts in public services and an overall lack of confidence has plagued the once proud nation. The bi-products of Greece’s swift economic and social collapse are becoming even more devastating, as violent clashes have shaken the western city of Agrinio, where supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn Party clashed with anarchists, leaving cars and shop windows smashed, and some people physically injured as a result.
Under the current collapse conditions, Golden Dawn’s influence is rising, gaining some 7 per cent of the total vote in the recent general election. Their agenda is overtly nationalist, populist and far-right to the extreme – and their party symbol is eerily reminiscent of the former German Nazi party.
One young Somalian man in Greece was violently beaten, and then run over (see interview below). He is just one example of a spike in the recent nationalist, racially-motivated violence which has come hand-in-hand with the severe austerity Greece has been forced to endure by their political and economic masters at Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and J.P Morgan.
Where does Far Right Wing extremism traditionally stem from in Europe? Its character often looks as follows: nationalism, racism, anti-immigration and xenophobia, fascism and a strong self-sufficient state. New and emerging parties like the Golden Dawn will naturally have their own individual stamp tailor made for the current political and economic climate – with new social divisions waiting to be discovered and used for political ends. Either way, it spells a return to the darker days of Europe already suffered by the last generation.
The European Common Market and Union was introduced by European elite bureaucrats in order to attain stability and to re-consolidate political and economic power following the fall of Germany at the end of WWII. Following the Cold War and the end of the Berlin Wall, the EU came on the scene with a bang. But that once solid Eurozone is now fraying at the edges, as the the globalists and their international banks have been relentless in preying on a number of smaller EU economies like Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Iceland. The result of this economic trend is a marginalisation of the middle class and the ever-widening gap between the lower classes and the financial and bureaucratic elite.
In the past, Far Right extremist groups have been and can still be easily deployed by social engineers via intelligence agencies behind the scenes, in order to provide a buffer between the elite and the newly unemployed and disenfranchised lower classes. Populist angst can fuel hatred and promote blaming immigrants and other external characters for a nation’s misfortune – rather than focusing on the real architects of the country’s demise, hiding safely in the financial districts of New York, Brussels, London and Berlin.
This current collapse and rule by technocrats is, of course, is a recipe for fomenting the worst aspects of Right Wing extremism, and Left Wing extremism -as previously banished unpopular anarchists blocs are back in fashion in Greece and Spain.
A number of shootings and domestic unrest incidents have occurred throughout Europe – in Belgium, Toulouse and Norway. Many of these events can be connect directly, or even indirectly (used by the media) to illustrate the continued narrative – real or not, of Far Right Wing extremism.
Even the now notorious Anders Breivik’s manifesto could become be an influence to these groups, particularly for young Right Wing foot soldiers, for the sad reason that they will be inspired by his armed action and bravado.
Could Europe be returning to the days when its cities and towns were being ravaged by a cacophony of real terror and state sponsored terror groups like those promoted and operated through NATO’s own post WWII domestic terror directive – Operation GLADIO? In those days, groups like The Red Brigades, IRA, Red Army Faction, Action Directe, Black September, and the PLFP dominated the headlines. Today, it’s the Golden Dawn, the English Defense League – and others to come.
One of NATO’s stated goals from GLADIO was to ensure that communists were not allowed to achieve any status or political power in Europe – but it ended in a reign of state-sponsored terror. Today, the political playing field is much different than it was 1960 – 1980, with both new opportunities to exploit and new ends to achieve.
The Far Right and new nationalist will use immigration as a populist issue – missing the target, when all the while the real crisis was created by centralized banking and monetary policy.
And with no jobs on the horizon, there is still the 21st century problem of reliance on the state, which makes for a perfect storm. ‘Nationalism’ combined with ‘Socialism’ can easily become National Socialism – as history has taught us – a convenient disguise for ruthless Fascism.
Out of that chaos… came order. Or at least that is the general consensus held by those who would look back and seek to justify the many lives lost during this politically dark period in Europe. Are we looking at a new, reordering of the European political landscape, and a new chaos brewing?
Although Europe enjoyed a brief respite from its ugly head over the last 20 years, the destruction of the economy and the state’s eventual inability to deliver its social benefits to the growing ranks of unemployed will certainly allow the xenophobic card its chance to return to the political table.