The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one more such victory would utterly undo him. For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy backward. On the other hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out of the city, the Roman camp was quickly and plentifully filled up with fresh men, not at all abating in courage for the loss they sustained, but even from their very anger gaining new force and resolution to go on with the war. 
By a narrow margin the Greeks have voted for the New Democracy (ND) party, whose pro-austerity, pro-euro policies will bind them to years of hardship and ruin. It is a Pyrrhic victory, since what has been voted for is undeliverable and will undo this country, the cradle of democracy.
There is no doubt that the EU and europhiles will exclaim that the vote for ND is an affirmation of the EU’s viability, a ringing endorsement of the destructive ideology which cannot be plugged by the trillions euros invested in shoring it up. Rather than acknowledge a way other than their own, the EU will stick firm with their rhetoric, with overtures of unity and cooperative strength, with the dreadful propaganda which the peoples of Europe (using their eyes, their ears, their sense) will know to be false.
If Greece and the EU cast off their blinkers and look towards other countries in the Anglosphere or the Far East, for instance, who are showing growth, or within their own line of sight to Iceland which is making a remarkable recovery from bankruptcy, they will see countries gaining new force and resolution whilst their own union, mortally wounded, flounders like a man in fire and lime.
© thepanopticonblog, 2012
- 1. Plutarch. Pyrrhus. trans. John Dryden. <http://classics.mit.edu/Plutarch/pyrrhus.html>