Alexis Tsipras is so far not Nick Clegg or Eric Schneidermann
I've grown weary of politicians talking and then betraying their people. I have likewise grown weary of token gestures that do nothing to help the many or hurt the elites. As a whole I assume politicians will easily betray their promises.
At least for now, though, the leader of Syriza in Greece is backing up his talk:
But Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left, known as Syriza, has gained political momentum precisely by defying Europe’s threat. On Sunday, he insisted that his party would not join any unity coalition with the Socialists and New Democracy, the two major parties who were in government when the debt deal was signed. Syriza will “not be complicit in their crimes,” Mr. Tsipras said.
“Those that governed the past two years have not only failed to accept the message from the elections,” he said. “They continue their policy of blackmail.
“We call on all Greeks, not just leftists, to condemn once and for all the forces of the past, and to realize that the only hope that is still alive in this country is to unify against blackmail and stop the continuation of this barbarism.”
Still, Mr. Tsipras refused to join with them. After meeting with the president, he said his party “does not say one thing to voters before elections and another afterward.”
“We will not betray you,” he added.
I am reminded of Paul Muad'dib's fateful lesson at the end of Dune: "He who can destroy a thing has power over it." I don't care what the economists are saying now, Greece leaving the Euro will destroy it. If not that very act, then the repercussions of it will swell and thunder until the currency is annihilated. A Greek leader who truly cared about her or his people could use that threat to force an end to the pains of austerity, either by extracting more compassionate economic policies from the EU or by carrying it out and defaulting on Greece's debts.
I am not yet convinced Tsipras is that leader, but for now, I'm listening.