Editorial: From the big “NO” of 1940 to the big “YES” of 2015
After seventy five years, the national anniversary of the proud “NO” inspires and moves the Greek people. The epic struggle of…
After seventy five years, the national anniversary of the proud “NO” inspires and moves the Greek people. The epic struggle of the Greek Army on the Albanian mountains and the unanimous support of the Greek people have been documented in the annals of history and are admired by historians – particularly the self-sacrifice of a small nation against a far more powerful invader, which then represented fascism and threatened the free world.
In our days many will attempt to equate those war-time conditions with the current ones.
They arbitrarily draw parallels between the “NO” in 1940 and the “NO” in the referendum this summer, spreading absolute confusion amongst the Greek people.
They are unfortunately deluded, since the problems of war and peace are different.
The current financial crisis is our own creation, a result of turning a blind eye, indifference and lack of any provision for the future.
The crisis were are experiencing is not the result of a foreign invasion, but rather the product of our own long-term lack of foresight and responsibility from the parties and leaders, that either government or were in the opposition.
At present Greece is facing annihilation not because it is being insulted and attacked from abroad, but because it is unable to unite and assume the full responsibility and manage the self-inflicted crisis.
After five years of a perpetual internal struggle and after all political options in tackling the major financial crisis have been tested, we have one chance to address our problems.
We need a deep breath now to make the major decision to rectify the country’s finances, in a clear and reliable way, in order to finally the anticipated-by-all recovery and reconstruction process.
In the current circumstances, Greece’s survival depends on a big “YES” for financial rebirth, productive reconstruction and social reformation.
The problem is ours and ours alone and we have a duty to face it and solve, sparing no efforts and sacrifices, both personal and collective.