OPINION

Playing our cards right

It is starting to look like the West will soon be stepping in to bring the situation in Syria under control and Greece will be called upon to play a crucial backup role in any military intervention because of its geopolitical position and because of bumps in the relationship between Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

Greece’s political leadership needs to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of taking on such a role. Sure, we can go on talking among ourselves about the country’s unique geopolitical role, but no one will take it seriously if it does not translate into alliances and practical actions and agreements.

There is nothing easy about deciding whether or not to become embroiled in such a complex and difficult situation, so it could be best for the political leadership to do so with complete national consensus.

Greece has always gained when it has played its geopolitical card correctly and with complete domestic cohesion.