Going above and beyond

Members of the Greek Parliament have one last chance today to prevent the country from being thrown into a state of major upheaval.

Personal rivalries between politicians, fears of what the political cost may entail and obsessions with bygone theories have absolutely no place at such a critical juncture.

There have been periods in the history of all nations when going above and beyond, when being bold, is essential for the good of the country. This is one such time.

Greece’s lawmakers need to overcome their anger at the past mistakes of the government as well as their fear of the reaction they may provoke from those who want to turn the political stage into a battle arena.

If they fail to rise to the occasion they will have no choice but to bear the onus if Greece is plunged into a prolonged period of instability and unpredictable developments that could lead the country to bankruptcy.