It was Clausewitz who said, "War is merely the continuation of policy by other means." Pretty close, huh? Of equal interest:
"War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will."
Which brings us to a Greek who says, today:
Our country is at peace, but the stakes are as high as if we were at war -- a war waged not with battleships, guns and planes but with words and money.
What we have in the Greek (and, in due time, Portugal, Spain, and Italy) situation is: politics is merely the continuation of war by other means.
Clausewitz was Prussian, which is to say, German.