Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Greece - and Italy, Portugal, Ireland and Spain - Will Exit the Euro Despite Double-Talk from Political Leaders

Despite the dramatic midday turnaround based on a fully orchestrated recantation of yesterday's statement by Lucas Papademos that preparations were being made in Greece for an exit from the Euro, there were few winners besides the informed insiders who knew the former prime minister was going to reverse himself today.

In Europe, the markets reacted as though a catastrophe could not be avoided, with all of the major stock exchanges down sharply, having already closed before the corrective statement by Papademos was released.

Leading the carnage on the continent were Italy and Greece, though the German DAX and French CAC-40 both fell by more than two percent.

Today, in a brief (staged) interview with CNBC's Senior International Correspondent (what a joke) Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Papademoms said there were indeed no preparations underway in Greece for possibly exiting the Euro, in complete contradiction of what he said on Tuesday. Perhaps the man has either a short attention span, difficulty parsing his own words, or a combination of both. In any case, it appears that politicians can speak out of both sides of their mouths, but not exactly at the same moment in time.

This is, of course, what the general public will swallow whole, as the technocratic propaganda machine revved into high gear, staving off - for a time - the inevitable. Anybody with a brian larger than the average goldfish knows that Greece will surely leave the Euro, setting off a chain of events that will likely disintegrate the entire supra-governmental apparatus of the EU, the ECB and the global financial system.

However, for the politicians in charge of maintaining the status quo, events have overtaken them and they are in an all-out panic to keep things under control. Greece's (and to a large degree, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland) continued living on borrowed time and borrowed money is only making conditions within the Eurozone more difficult, especially for the northern states, especially Germany, which is largely footing the bill for the entire escapade into fantasy finance.

The southern states of Europe are already broken, as is the EU, but the control freaks running the show have a schedule to keep, so events and farces such as this will likely occur with more frequency as the entire situation spins out of control. Everything points toward a dissolution of the EU, timed for maximum impact upon the US elections, which are still six months away. The plan is apparently to crater the entire financial system within six weeks of the US presidential elections, just in time to jettison the hopes of the puppet-in-chief, Barack Obama, and prance out the new marionette, Adolph, er, Mitt Romney, who will usher in the end of the American experiment with harsher control over the populace, who are, after all, only bit players.

With leaders who will stop at nothing in their efforts to maintain and wield power over vast populations, one can expect the rising police state that has already manifested itself throughout much of Europe and England to arise fully-formed in the United States.

Events such as those of the last two days, in which a somewhat respected, reliable politician goes off script and promptly reverses himself - and to which the markets respond - are just another stunning example of the kind of control the banks and politicians have over regular people.

There is no longer any trust of elected officials in most of the developed world and it's because they have taken the people's trust, and their rights, and burned them in flames of self-importance and pitiful glory.

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