A little bit of realism has never done any harm when it comes to dealing with important or even critical situations. If there was any realism circulating in Greece right now, we certainly would not be hearing government officials launch such ludicrous attacks against institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and other players in the international financial markets at a time when the country is on the brink of bankruptcy and facing incredible problems in raising the cash it needs to get the situation under some kind of control. The verbal attacks we have heard over the past few days do nothing to advance the national interest. All they do is create unnecessary animosity and a strained relationship with the very international bodies the country will ultimately most likely need on its side in order to survive the crisis. Greece’s position is too precarious right now for this kind of chest beating, which is aimed at assuaging public sentiment, but which causes more harm than good.