Not Just Greece: Other European Countries on Suicide Watch, Part 2

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 7:12 AM
April 30, 2012

The Greek tragedy expands as most European populations seem to similarly bemoan the economic state of their countries.  And politicians are taking note that people plan to oust those leaders who imposed such harsh economic conditions.   

        The French conservative government seems to be losing current elections.  Several parties in Greece plan to turn out the present Parliament next month.  And editorial pages across the continent, and in American, say ‘enough is enough’!

 Newspapers published parts of Dimitris’ letter comparing Greek leaders to the “regime imposed by Greece’s Nazi German occupiers in 1941.”  He wrote:  “The occupation government . . . has literally wiped out my ability to survive, based on a respectable pension which I had paid for during a 35-year period.”
 
 In speaking of Dimitris’ action, pollster Thomas Gerakis says: “The problem is far more serious than a single suicide. It shows that there is a serious — and growing — problem of people in despair.”

 Then there is the story of Kasiani, who put her children in an orphanage after losing her job as a cleaning woman.  ITV British Broadcasting says that with her benefits cut, faced with a choice between hunger or homelessness, Kasiani snapped and gave her two daughters and a son to an orphanage to care for them.  When she is able to visit them, the children moan that they want to go home.  Kasiani says, “I don’t feel human any more.  I’m not alive.”

 Antonis Samaras, head of New Democracy, the conservative party that is leading in polls in Greece, admonishes:   “I’m in shock. Unfortunately it’s not the first victim . . . We need to rescue Greeks from their hopelessness.”

 Such despair is felt across the European South, in Italy, Portugal and Spain.  In Italy, five people have committed suicide this month.  Ta Nea Daily, Greece’s  Presseurop News Group newspaper, says that, with a quarter of the workforce unemployed, 600 Greeks attempted suicide already this year, and that in other parts of Europe, there is growing opposition to Germany’s strict austerity measures.

 Zoe Schneeweiss writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.com, “I think Europe is headed to a suicide,” because the economic consequences of all 27 members of the European Union practicing joint austerity are dire.  He says it will kill the euro. 

 Paul Krugman of the New York Times agrees:  “I wasn’t the only reader . . . wondering if the larger story isn’t . . . about the apparent determination of European leaders to commit economic suicide for the Continent as a whole.”

 We wrote about a medical worker lamenting the breakdown of Greece’s health system as something to be expected in Africa, but not in the First World.   The problem is, as the 1960s saying goes:  “If they come for me at midnight, they’ll come for you in the morning.”  One can hear the fourth horseman from God’s Word mounting up as the above accounts foretell the coming of World War III.

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