Cyprus could be the snowflake that starts a world wide run on banks and collapse the current fragile financial system.
Some people will blame Cyprus for agreeing to the crazy IMF terms. Some people will blame Germany for putting Cyprus against the wall and force them to make their decision. Some people will blame the Russians for using Cyprus as a tax haven.
It's not any of them. It is the powder keg that was created over the years.
As I right this, no one in mainstream America is even aware of the grave danger they are in. See, the United States is in an even bigger financial mess than Cyprus. One day - maybe much much sooner than anyone even thinks it could all blow up over here. One day Americans could wake up and see that their own governments have nationalized all banks and have confiscated- better yet stolen some of their wealth.
The United States government is already taking- no stealing - its citizens wealth. Maybe not as direct as the Cyprus government is doing. But they do it much more stealthily through currency devaluation, through interest rate manipulation, through various capital controls, through inflation, and more. The average American is not even remotely aware of the scam being perpetrated on them. The smart money is aware. The average middle class and average rich person has no clue.
One day a Cyprean type of event will happen here. When that happens there will be a scape goat. They could blame the conservatives, the Tea Party, the Republicans, the Democrats, the liberals, the Chinese, God, Wall Street greed, the Fed, George Soros, the banks, and/or a mutitude of other scape goats. But they cannot blame them, Americans must only look at themeselves, for only they are to blame because this is a situation that could have been prevented a long time ago. With courage, with strength, with conviction of doing the right thing.
Those who are smart, will take action before their money is confiscated and before their world collapses. The rest will have their money stolen and see their world collapse before their eyes and try to blame someone. Too late. A smart Cyprinian could have seen it all coming and got their money out of Euros and into something else of value. Now it is too late. Their money is gone and it won't be given back to them. The Russians will be very mad. They will not forget this. They will take corrective action and when they do some people will be even angrier.