There are plenty of stories and explanation cruising around the cyberspace and newsrooms trying to define how it happened that a referendum took place in Greece. The apparent aim of the people of Greece to unburden themselves from shackles infused by the almighty EU made the newly elected Alexis Tsipras immediately to a Superstar of the “little people”, but is his position at all true and are his claims really based on realistic legal grounds? Is Alexis Tsipras a hero or a charlatan? Is Greece facing certain doom or regaining freedom to prosper and flourish? As usual, a simple answer does not exist.
Anybody who made an effort to follow the current crisis knows already about the debt Greece has accumulated by now. The idea to have at least a part of that debt written off by the EU is not without precedence in the history of Europe, Germany did have a lot of their debt written off after the WWII and also Serbia, more recently, after the bombing during the Kosovo conflict. Yet it is not the debt per se, which poses a problem for the EU, not even writing the portion off. It is the stance the new Greek government took against the EU and furthermore it is the reasons for the stance, hidden behind the curtain, away from public eyes, which irk the EU to act in such manner.
What is not in the papers
A couple of years ago, in 2000, when Greece adopted the Euro, the government of Greece at that time falsified financial documents and hid the true state of financial affairs. The sheer magnitude of the money owed to the United States allowed the US to manipulate directly with the value of the Euro through this debt. Once this was found out by the EU, the problems with Greece started. Incidentally, Italy had a similar problem, but that was sorted out much easier, because Italy cooperated. Greece, on the other hand, thought they can play the US and EU and come out not only clean, but financially sound and successful. Knowing this, Tsipras decided to use this state of affairs and get himself elected risking it all – because nobody else wanted to do it. Interestingly enough, he got support for his activity from the US, who only want to destabilize the EU and the Euro and this crisis is exactly what they were looking for.
Now Europe did bail out Greece from the debt owed to the US. Greece used this to get more loans from the US. The EU decided to help Greece once again, but ordered them to curtail any and all further loans or similar financial business with the US. What you see now is the attempt of the Greek government to deny the EU the right to curtail their Greek lunacy and continue to seek money elsewhere, from whoever is ready to provide it. Keeping Greece in the Euro zone and allowing them to uncontrollably accept loans from all over the world only destabilizes the Euro and cannot be allowed, not to Greece, who have proven to be reckless and selfish.
Why is this not being made public?
Here, for one, is a simple answer possible, but the explanation of the answer is not. There is a new cold war going on, but it is not political, it is mainly in the financial, trade and commercial sectors. Basically it is the war over the dominance of the EU and the US, the Euro and the Dollar. Whoever has the dominant currency controls the markets of the world – incidentally the reason why China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa have established the BRICS, with the new proposed currency, independent of the Euro or the Dollar. Greece, with a handful of other countries, is interested in switching over, becoming a full member.
Now you would think it is sheer lunacy to abandon one dependency just to enter another. It is for the Greek people, for their government it is not. In the new financial environment they would be free to get more loans, provide temporary prosperity to people to shut them up and govern the country for as long as the new setup works, shamelessly filling up their own personal pockets during that time. The other possibility for Syriza is to make the EU loosen the reigns a bit, allowing them to either write off enough debt to not bankrupt the country and get more loans, or to give them a postponement of payment and give them more loans.
No matter what the faithful “oxi” means to the Greek people and the PR department of Syriza, the fact of the matter is that Greece is as much of a black hole as Serbia would be, should it enter prematurely into the EU. Run by bandits without a single care for the public, people or country, they only have their own personal agendas and they follow them until someone else gets that job. Unfortunately for them, the European Union was expecting them to do this and what follows is of their own making. Tsipras will either become the next Che or the next Milosevic.