Today, July 5th, is the big day in Greece. A referendum is being held in which the Greek people will vote either “Oxi” (no) or “Nai” (yes) to Europe’s bail-out conditions. The polls close at 5 pm British time. Projections of the outcome begin around 7 pm British time. 
Opinions worldwide are divided. Some say, “The Greeks borrowed and now they must pay. The Greeks are obligated to honor their debt.” But so too did the American colonists owe a debt to Britain in 1776. Britain had provided troops for the colonies to help defend them against the French during the French and Indian War of 1754 – 1763. The Americans owed money for the cost of that defense against France, said Britain. Yet the Americans cried, “No taxation without representation!” and repudiated the debt.
(Later, as a consequence of the American Civil War, itself fomented by Britain and France through stirring up the slavery issue, the Americans lost ownership of their money. The “most important consequence of the American Civil War was loss of the monetary independence of the United States,” writes John Remington Graham in his book, Blood Money: The Civil War and the Federal Reserve (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company, 2006). Once monetary independence had been lost, political independence was lost as well, hidden behind a façade of “freedom” and “democracy”.)
What the outcome of today’s referendum in Greece will be is too close to call. It might turn out that July 5th becomes Greece’s own “Independence Day”, the day they threw off the yoke of their oppressors, the bankocracy. Yet already, ominous redcoats threaten the Greeks: fake opinion polls are being brandished menacingly by the bankocracy “news” media; banks are closed and only limited withdrawals via ATMs are permitted; dark threats of “bail-ins” – confiscation of depositor’s money – are whispered in the ears of any Greeks who might dare repudiate “austerity measures.”
In the mobster “loan sharking” days, the “vigorish” was the exorbitant interest charged for loans. If you didn’t pay the vigorish each week, two gorillas would come and break your legs. In Greece, the vigorish threat is to seize state assets, right down to the fine china and silverware in the Prime Minister’s residence. Once Greece has been denuded, the vultures will pick over the bones of dying Greeks. But some Greeks are grabbing their scythes and pitchforks and marching in the direction of the bankocracy with angry looks in their eyes.
Two names to know in the Greek uprising are Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, and Yianis Varoufakis, the Greek Finance Minister. They may turn out to be the George Washington and Alexander Hamilton of a revolution in Greece. Or they may both be hanged if the people of Greece are intimidated into voting “Nai” (yes) to Europe’s bail-out conditions.
Between 1821 and 1832, the Greeks fought a successful war of independence. They fought against the then-powerful Ottoman Empire (now reduced to Turkey). The Ottomans were assisted by their vassals, the Eyalet of Egypt, and partly by the Beylik of Tunis. The Greeks were supported by Russia and Britain.  Champion of the Greeks was George Gordon Byron, commonly known as Lord Byron. He was a scandalous British poet in his time, author of the tantalizing book-length poem, Don Juan. Byron joined the Greek War of Independence and died at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Messolonghi in Greece. Today, many Greeks still revere him as a national hero. 
Lord Byron’s body was embalmed, but the Greeks wanted some part of their hero to stay with them. According to some sources, his heart remained at Missolonghi. Close to the center of Athens, Greece, outside the National Garden, is a statue depicting Greece in the form of a woman crowning Byron.  The spirit of Lord Byron once more is present in Greece, but so too is the spirit of fear. Will Greece cringe and submit to the “Turks” of the bankocracy? Or will Lord Byron’s beloved nation once more show its bravery at it did in days of yore?
I want a hero: an uncommon want,
When every year and month sends forth a new one,
Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant,
The age discovers he is not the true one;
Of such as these I should not care to vaunt,
I’ll therefore take our ancient friend Don Juan–
We all have seen him, in the pantomime,
Sent to the Devil somewhat ere his time.
(Don Juan, Canto the First, by Lord Byron)
——- Sources ——-
 “Greece Referendum Day live: the euro’s day of reckoning arrives as divided Greeks head to the polls”, by Mehreen Khan. Telegraph (UK, online), July 5, 2015.
 “Greek War of Independence”, Wikipedia, July 5, 2015.
 “Lord Byron”, Wikipedia, June 17, 2015.