"Opa!" In Greece


“Opa!”. The people of Greece have defied the European bankocracy. Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, and Yianis Varoufakis, the Greek Finance Minister, may turn out to be the George Washington and Alexander Hamilton commemorated in 5th of July celebrations in Greece. So wrote Ersjdamoo yesterday morning, in Greece at the Crossroads.

But today news comes that Yianis Varoufakis has resigned! Before yesterday’s historic referendum in Greece, Varoufakis had said that if Greeks voted “Nai” (yes) to Europe’s bail-out conditions, then he would resign. Yet the Greeks overwhelmingly voted “Oxi” (no), thereby supporting Varoufakis, and still he resigns! Reportedly Eurozone finance ministers and Greece’s other creditors conveyed to Varoufakis that they would appreciate his not attending the ministers’ meetings, and this prompted him to surprisingly acquiesce. [1]

“It’s all Greek to me.” That is a way of saying you don’t have the foggiest idea about something. Greece and it’s current dramatic events leave many scratching their heads. “Nai” means “Yes” when it seems like it ought to mean “No.” And what does this “Opa!” mean?

“Opa!” (pronounced OO-pa) is “a word that [G]reek people use for no apparent reason at all”, reports Urban Dictionary. About Travel confesses, “It’s not easy to define opa – the word is flexible and has taken on many new meanings.” The actual meaning of “Opa!” is reported to be more like “Oops” or “Whoops!” [2]

So “Opa!” in Greece. Whoops! On July 1st a poll conducted by GPO for BNP Paribas bank put the Yes vote on 47.1 per cent and the No side on 43.2 per cent for the upcoming referendum. [3] But then – Oops! – the actual vote overwhelmingly favored the “No” side.


CLARENCE’S VOICE: Night after night George came back late from the office. Potter was bearing down hard.

Clarence was the almost-angel sent to help George Bailey in the movie, It’s A Wonderful Life. Henry F. Potter was “the richest and meanest man in the county.” [4] So George Bailey is like Greece: He defies Potter (European bankocracy) and now Potter is bearing down hard. Greece’s supermarkets are being bled dry. Greece faces a massive shortage of fresh meat and fish. Imports, exports, factories, firms, transport – everything is frozen. Greece is massively dependent on imports for food. [5] Hunkering down, the Greek government is preparing to deploy the army alongside riot police to maintain order. Reports of the plan, code-named Operation Nemesis, emerged as the EU (Mr. Potter) threatened to cut off credit to Greece’s government. [6] It is the Valley Forge moment. All seems desperate. General Washington (Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister) walks through the snow and and sees his people shivering in the cold.

Where is the almost-angel for Greece? Lord Byron left his heart buried there. He, before his death in 1824, was the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics. His excesses included huge debts, numerous love affairs with people of both sexes, and rumors of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister. [7] So we can presume that Lord Byron, like Clarence the almost-angel sent to help George Bailey, has not yet earned his wings.

The poet meant, no doubt, and thus appeals
To the good sense and senses of mankind,
The very thing which every body feels,
As all have found on trial, or may find,
That no one likes to be disturb’d at meals
Or love.—I won’t say more about ‘entwined’
Or ‘transport,’ as we knew all that before,
But beg ‘Security’ will bolt the door.
(Don Juan, Canto the First, by Lord Byron)

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Greece finance minister resigns after decisive referendum”, by Elena Becatoros and Demetris Nellas. Associated Press, July 6, 2015.
[2] “About Travel”, http://gogreece.about.com/od/Glossary-of-Greek-Terms/g/Opa-what-does-opa-mean.htm
[3] “Greek referendum: ‘Yes’ side has four-point lead in latest poll”, by Damian Mac Con Uladh. Irish Times, July 1, 2015.
[4] Script of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, By Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling.
[5] “Greece faces running out of essential food supplies on Monday”, by Lianna Brinded. Business Insider (online), July 4, 2015.
[6] “Operation Nemesis: Syriza plans to deploy army to crush protests in Greece”, by Alex Lantier. World Socialist Web Site, July 6, 2015.
[7] “Lord Byron”, Wikipedia, July 6, 2015.


About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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