Many things can happen in a day. Even more in a week. The news races at high speed, in many cases, it seems, with ever-worse consequences.
Based on the terrorist attack in Paris – their 9/11 – such a determination is justified. What is worse than blind, religious hatred – especially among young people – which scatters death indiscriminately?
And yet, not everything in the world is negative. On the contrary, humankind is making progress in other matters at an impressive rate. Life is improving for of millions of recently destitute people around the world.
But gunshots are louder than good news. So loud, that they force world leaders to hug one another to demonstrate their superiority over the terrorists.
But let us turn to matters of our Motherland: essentially, the first week of Greece’s fifth election period in the last 6 years, has been tumultuous.
Last week, the outside world deemed a SYRIZA victory inevitable, and were uncertain only of the margin of victory.
Many scenarios flared up about what its victory would mean to Greece, the euro, and Europe. Does Alexis Tsipras mean what he says? Will he really pull Greece out of the Eurozone if they do not accept his demands?
Will the Eurozone, in turn, compel him to leave? And what are the implications for the people and the country from such a development?
Could it be, though, that everyone is too hasty to render a Tsipras victory a foregone conclusion?
I wonder: after all these years of crisis, after all these austerity measures taken by the Samaras government, why do the polls show such a small difference between SYRIZA and the New Democracy Party?
Would it not be reasonable under the circumstances for SYRIZA’s lead to be at the 8-10% level?
The answer, of course, is that while the people want a real change in the government’s policy, they still do not feel comfortable with SYRIZA. They have many concerns, but they do not really know who comprises that party besides Tsipras.
What are SYRIZA’s components? Are 40 percent of the party members really Communists?
Where have these “progressives,” worked so far? What do they know about running a country? What do they mean when they say “Government of the Left”?
Finally, with what other parties would Tsipras join if he needs them in order form a government? With To Potami? With the Communists?
These significant uncertainties may help to explain the narrowing gap.