Why Brian Cowen is like Mahmoud Abbas?

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   Memo to Ireland:  "Tell the EU and the IMF to 'shove it'"      :      Information Clearing House: ICH

Imagine that Yasser Arafat had succeeded in ending Israeli occupation and establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Now imagine that 10 or 15 years later, new Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, agreed to hand over control of his country's budget to the IMF so his people's future would be controlled by outsiders. Do you think Palestinians would praise Abbas as a patriot or denounce him as a traitor?

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen is Mahmoud Abbas. He's caved in to the demands of foreign capital and transferred control over the nation's budget to the EU and the IMF. Here's an excerpt from a November 24, article in Reuters:

"Ireland's teetering government will announce plans on Wednesday to cut welfare spending sharply and raise taxes to help pay for the country's catastrophic banking crisis and meet the terms of an international bailout.

The four-year plan to save 15 billion euros is a condition for an EU/IMF rescue under negotiation for a country long feted as a model of economic development that has become the latest casualty in the euro zone's emergency ward.

Prime Minister Brian Cowen told parliament no final figure had been agreed for financial assistance, "but an amount of the order of 85 billion (euros) has been discussed.

The finance ministry said the austerity plan would be published at 1400 GMT and posted on the official government website." (Reuters)

This is a black day for Ireland. The Irish people will now face a decade or more of grinding poverty and depression thanks to their venal leaders. As soon as the ink dries on the IMF loans, the second occupation of Ireland will begin, only this time there won't be armored cars and Paramilitaries in fatigues, but nerdy-looking bureaucrats trained in the art of spreading misery. In fact, the loans haven't even been signed yet, and already IMF officials are urging the government to cut jobless benefits and the minimum wage. They're literally champing at the bit. They just can't wait to get their hands on the budget and start slashing away.

And don't believe the hype about European unity or saving Ireland. My ass. This is about bailing out the banks. The bondholders get a free ride while workers get kicked to the curb. Here's a clip from the Financial Times that spells it out in black and white:

"According to data compiled by the Bank of International Settlements, the three largest creditors to the Irish economy at the end of June...were Germany to the tune of €109bn, the UK at €100bn and France at €40bn. These sums amount to 2 per cent of France’s gross domestic product, 4.5 per cent of Germany’s GDP, and 7 per cent of British GDP."
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A large chunk of Palestinians have been living there for generations.
True.....without any Jordanian citizenship. They're the ones who should have had it, not Abbas et al.
 

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True.....without any Jordanian citizenship. They're the ones who should have had it, not Abbas et al.
Surely it's up to the Jordanians to decide who should have citizenship and who shouldn't. I assume they gave citizenship to Abbas et al because it would strengthen their objective of attaining a Palestinian state, thus facilitating the return of the massive Palestinian population in their country.
 

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Surely it's up to the Jordanians to decide who should have citizenship and who shouldn't. I assume they gave citizenship to Abbas et al because it would strengthen their objective of attaining a Palestinian state, thus facilitating the return of the massive Palestinian population in their country.
True. But if people have been living in a country for generations, I think they deserve citizenship.
 

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True. But if people have been living in a country for generations, I think they deserve citizenship.
Maybe, but you're assuming that's what they want. I'd say they have burning desire for their own state and becoming Jordanian may seem to them like giving up?
 

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Maybe, but you're assuming that's what they want. I'd say they have burning desire for their own state and becoming Jordanian may seem to them like giving up?
The Palestinians I'm referring to want Jordanian citizenship. Some of them never had it even though they've lived in Jordan for generations. Others had it but it's been revoked over the years.
 

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A combination of bending over backwards to the enemy who have behaved with extreme duplicity and gone back on every agreement they have signed with corruption.
Okay, not informed enough to comment I'm afraid. I guess there's pragmatism, I mean what can he do, go for a blitz that can't succeed, or try for the higher moral ground that in time might give him a better chance of attaining what he desires?
 


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