5 - What Americans think of Greece today
(Below is in my opinion a very good analysis of today's Greece's position in Eastern Mediterranean compared to its neighbors, by an American friend - 27 October 2017 - Dimitri Kitsikis)
Israel would have made a good model for Greece to follow when it was still a healthy, emerging market economy until the shame of 1974 and the miserable political class, who took over the leadership and ran the country into the ground and made it into an EU German protectorate.
All this on the idiocy that somehow big brother Brussels is a protection from Turkey. In Simitis times, they even thought that they could convince Turkey to put itself in the same cage, but the Turks, respecting their succession from the Byzantines and more Greek than the Elladites, were not foolish enough to fall into such a trap. Instead of the present regime in Greece which has not even achieved the level of Turkish GDP back in 1974 – despite the transfer money, loans, etc. – Turkey successfully restructured with the IMF with Kemal Dervis and have a achieved a GDP many times the size of Greece GDP with industry and exports. Russia is now their major trading partner and they have moved to a partial Russian alignment after the failed US coup.
I think that Erdogan and Putin could achieve a tremendous event for the Orthodox faith with a Russian Patriarch like Kyrillos of Moscow to replace Bartholomeus. Instead of social events with the Greek elite for society marriages and baptisms, it would transform the Ecumenical Patriarch to something truly vibrant and worthy of its two thousand year heritage, just as it is growing in Russia despite 70 years of attempted eradication and forced Westernization by the Bolsheviks.. The Russians have every excuse to do this given Greece’s current atheist government and a Parliament who are hypocrites with no respect for the Orthodox faith again in favor the present forced Frankokratia here under Greek Bolsheviks.
The Americans would go crazy with a Russian Patriarch!!! Already they do not what to do with Erdogan and Putin…. It would be a just punishment for the EU, too.
Greece has valuable resources and human capital and a large Diaspora. The political elite who rule Greece are totally incapable of harnessing this energy. They only know how to negotiate bail out loans and cajole EU transfer money. Israel a smaller country exports twice what Greece does and with much higher added value.
As for Turkish relations – sometimes good and sometimes bad – but there is mutual respect between Turkey and Israel. When Ergdogan tried slyly via Flotilla to violate their borders, the Israeli sent three or four Turks back to Turkey in caskets….. They were not likely to play around with Israel again in these matters.
I met with Nicholas Burnes, former US Ambassador to Greece, recently at a Credit Suisse event. He sees Macron and Koulis as saviors for France and Greece respectively. He was cursing Trump every other sentence despite being a former US Diplomat. I was thinking to myself how many average American voter would support his policies….. Not many since Trump is now POTUS!
Frankly I do not see elections here until 2019. Political life in Greece at present has as much interest as it did under Ioannis Rallis and German occupation…..
27 October 2017