All machineries need de-greasing maintenance regularly to keep the machines running in tip-top condition. The same goes for human beings. Regular fasting and de-toxing brings the body back to its form. How about nations? The same logic must apply. The Eurozone is getting too cluttered up. Policies are getting convoluted. Who is exactly at the help is a matter of conjecture. Some says Germany, being the largest nation in the group. Others say there are hidden hands that are the real power behind the Eurozone. It doesn’t really matter. The time comes for a Eurozone de-Greecing.
Yesterday’s resounding vote by the Greeks against the Euro king pins was a wake up call for these hitherto invincibles. It is a case of David vs Goliath. It had been months of calling each other chicken and see who blinks first. The verdict is now out. The neophyte Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got his adrenalin-packed shot against what he calls Eurozone “terrorists”. He has his solid 61% mandate in the hair-raising referendum.
In the aftermath, Greek’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis bowed out in “triumph”. Varoufakis proclaims as cited by Reuters,
“As of tomorrow, with this brave ‘No’ the Greek people handed us…. we will extend a helping hand towards our lenders. We will call on each one of them to find common ground. As of tomorrow, Europe, whose heart is beating in Greece tonight, is starting to heal its wounds, our wounds.”
The Greek drama is befitting of a soap opera. The plots of twists and turns make excellent TV drama. More interestingly, the drama has not ended. In fact it has just begun. The new episode – “Greeks return with a vengeance” will keep the world glued to the TV screen for the coming months.It is not just the Greeks that are stirring. They have also awakened their long list of mythological gods such as Zeus (Jupiter, in Roman mythology), Aphrodite (Venus), Hades/Pluto (King of the underworld and the dead) etc.
The days ahead are going to be violent and turbulent. Financial pundits already had a wild day. But wilder days lay yonder. Some will head for the skyscrapers ready to jump while others popped champagne for the right bet. Enjoy the ride.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: