By now, lines have been drawn. No one can invoke the alibi of ignorance or "positive thinking". It's plain and simple: extortion by all means, by every possible terroristic "weapon", targeted against the Greek people, by its own government.
Like yesterday's statement by vice-president Pagkalos, who said that if Greece goes bankrupt and returns to national currency, the riots that will follow will demand a dynamic intervention of the Army and tanks in the streets of Athens. Sounds familiar? That's right, the same direct threat was posed to US Senate back in 2008 by H. Paulson, when he said that the first bailout package (around $700 bn) for banks should be voted a.s.a.p. within 24 hours or National Guard would have to take the streets. Senators made public statements of similar threats in the US Senate, the very same night the vote was on.
So, it seems all bets are off. And gloves are off too. No more media-shaped "solutions" and more "unjust but necessary" austerity measures. The statements are crystal clear. Afterall, in Naomi Klein's classic book "The Shock Doctrine", after the subsequent waves of shock therapy, the victim becomes resilient, so the only next step available is enforcing by brute force. It seems that Greece has come exactly to this point, since PM has clearly stated last week that there is no way he will go to democratic elections, despite the unprecedented social unrest and riots for over a month now.
Well, there is still one thing that all Greeks can do:
"In difficult ground, press on; On hemmed-in ground, use subterfuge; In death ground, fight."
- Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"
"48 hours on the streets - 28/6 and 29/6" (promo video):
In Game Theory, there is a notion called "credible threat". It says that, when the current state or "equilibrium" becomes too costly for one side, it can decide to swing strategy and "dive down the cliff". The mere threat of doing so is enough to make the opponent play defensive too, especially when in the case of a total collapse he's got much more to loose than the freaked-out "slave".
Of course, all these does not mean that the new austerity measures will not pass. On the contrary, the more the social unrest and pressure builds up outside the Greek parliament, the more afraid and submissive the people inside it become. The question is, what they can do afterwards, how they will walk out in the streets among the people that literally hate them, and for how long they can get away with their unaccountability.
And that is why it is important to fill the streets of Athens and other cities in Greece, the hours that the new austerity measures will be discussed and voted inside the parliament. Not only for Greece, but for the euro, the future of EU and the shape of our democratic societies too.