All you need to know about how Greece's anti-nationalist Looney Left SYRIZA got taken to the cleaners in a deal to let the Former Yugoslav Republic of Fake Macedonia (FYROFM) change its name to North Macedonia – giving away the name of the ancient abutting province of the real Macedonia in Greece – could be seen in a BBC news report the morning after a Sept. 30 referendum which drew a paltry 36.9 percent of voters.
The reporter was standing under a statue of Alexander the Great in the capital of Skopje, a country the news media still refers to as Macedonia, despite its 1991 agreement with Greece to be called FYROM, but perhaps you can't blame them for wanting another name as theirs could easily be confused with some kind of lubricant you put on screws you can't get loose. “Pass me the FYROM will you?” Fake Macedonia Premier Zoran Zaev, in an apparent concession to Greece's Prime Minister Alexis “Clueless” Tsipras, had agreed to take down a statue of Alexander – the Greek conqueror, imperialist though he may have been – from his country's international airport, which was also named for Alexander and now is called International Airport Skopje.
That 2-meter (6-5) high statue was put at the airport in 2011 as a gift from the Turkish concessionary TAV, which operates the facility and gave the Turks another chance to stick it to the Greeks while pretending to want better relations.
Fake Macedonia's national highway, also named for Alexander – boy, they love that name since they don't have a real hero – was renamed Friendship Highway, which must have made the hairs on the back of the necks of the Slavs stand up in pride. He wasn’t Alexander the Slav.
That was just a feint though by the clever Zaev who snookered Tsipras and his water carrier, Foreign Minister Nikos “I'm Not a Stalinist” Kotzias, who, as part of the deal, agreed to let residents of that little spit of land north of Greece, which has no real history, to be called Macedonians and have a Macedonian language, culture and identity, all of which belong to Greece.
So anxious were Tsipras and Kotzias to give away Macedonia, and end a 27-year feud that began when a New Democracy administration first did it, that they would have agreed to give away the actual Macedonia – in Greece – and toss in the major port of Thessaloniki that Fake Macedonia also claims as its own.
The deal signed at Lake Prespes earlier this year, a spot bordering the countries, also would open the door for what would be North Macedonia's entry into NATO and opening European Union accession talks, both barred by Greek vetoes that Tsipras lifted.
All that was contingent, however, on Fake Macedonians approving of the referendum – which didn't mention the name North Macedonia – and then the Greek Parliament approving, which it will, even with Tsipras' junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Dependent Greeks (ANNUL) of Defense Minister Panos “Weathervane” Kammenos opposing it.
Kammenos, who changes his mind faster than Tsipras breaks his promises, has alternately said he would instruct his seven lawmakers to vote against it – at least one or two said they wouldn't – that he would take the party out of the coalition, and that he wouldn't stand in the way of a deal.
The question has to reach the Greek Parliament, and Zaev, who said he would quit if the referendum resulted in a thumbs down, rejoiced that 91.4 percent of those who ignored a call by opponents to boycott the referendum and showed up approved of the agreement. So 91.4 percent of 36.9 percent of Fake Macedonians approve of the deal, which means nearly 70 percent of voters don't or didn't care. Now there's a mandate you can count on.
With fewer than 50 percent of voters turning out, the vote was merely advisory but Zaev couldn't wait to claim a victory, a triumph, and that he would forge ahead and now try to convince his Parliament, where at last count he was seven votes short, to change the Constitution to remove irredentist claims on Greek lands, including the real Macedonia and Thessaloniki.
If he fails to get Parliament to change the Constitution, Zaev said he would call early elections, which could tend to muddle the news that could make you puke in your Cheerios that he and Tsipras were being considered for the Nobel Peace Prize for trying to jam down the throats of the citizens in both countries – who, given the referendum and with 62 percent of Greeks opposed – are a majority who don't want it.
Given the Nobel's history – Henry “Warmonger” Kissinger, who let Turkey invade Cyprus – got it, it would not be a surprise if it went to Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Zaev, and Tsipras, who locked arms like lovers in a tryst so badly did they want an agreement their citizens really don't. There’s a reason why Ig Nobel Prizes are given and Zaev and Tsipras deserve this particular dishonor.
This is about their self-aggrandizement and personal glory, not their countries, so expect Spin Tsipras to explain it like this if he gets the Nobel, in the words of Tweedledee: “Contrariwise, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.”