“The Endgame? ” (article published at Eleytheros Typos 08.01.2015)
It is perhaps the first time since the dictatorship until today, I, as an active citizen, strongly feel like posing this excruciating question to my fellow citizens: ND or SYRIZA? At other times such dilemma would have been fun just as in a game with two players. This time, however, the threat can take us to the endgame, which reminds me of the namesake play written by Samuel Beckett. It threatens the end of the country’s European path. Would the Devil’s Advocate still call it scaremongering? Would you wish to terrorize and intimidate the world? None of these readers would. Let’s look at things with logics, which the creator Aristotle generously developed. So what does the logic say? On one hand there is the European Union with its rules. These rules apply to all countries participating in it. There is also the euro. And on the other hand, there is SYRIZA that wants to change the rules and to enforce its own magic solution. What does SYRIZA say? I do not pay my debts, because it is unfair and also because the world is suffering. It is true that the world has been unbearably overstrained in recent years due to the crisis. And we must find a solution to overcome this deadlock. But what if we refuse the debt with our own unilateral decision? Logic says that the other part of the conciliation will be refused by the side that has made so far, i.e. giving money. And this will cause the country to sink into chaos and misery. Ιs this scaremongering? No. This is the harsh reality. This is the Truth. It is funny that the SYRIZA members think that the Europeans are afraid of them. It is irresponsible to play dice on the homeland. Then what is this metaphysical belief of SYRIZA, that we will altogether convince the Europeans to change? It is the belief in the cult of power. Let us take the power they say and see. If we have to be overthrown, it will claim that we were forced to do so because Samaras could not change everything even though he tried to accelerate. If you default, it will tell the world that bad Europeans blackmailed us and punished us. So in both cases we are vindicative patriots. And yet: in both cases the country is lost. The Greece is threatened with destruction. So that leads to the logic of SYRIZA. In deadlock. The deterioration of the initial state that it wants to correct. Conversely, ND does not support magic and prefers reality as it is shaped in Europe. It does not offer dream of revolutions and expectation for bankrupt. It insists on the way of good faith and cooperation with partners. This responsible attitude does not endanger the Greece and the Greeks. The first two years were the years of consolidation. The next two will be those of growth. SYRIZA, with its attitude at the presidential election, stopped this growth path, on which we should to keep going. And in order to do this, the ND must be authorized to complete its work. And the Greek people can do so with their votes.