Flower power and other nonsense
10 February, 2011
Flower power and other nonsense

While most of the political world has had its eye and ears focused on Egypt and the chaos that ensues there, believe it or not, there have been other events capturing the attention of politicians. It is after all a week before Valentines Day, a last chance to make a decision about who is most deserving of love, candy and flowers. Not necessarily in that order. From Merkel and Saakashvili, to Lavrov and Clinton, this week has brought about a show

of love only Valentines Day can eclipse. Chancellor Merkel’s meeting with President Saakashvili came about during a Security Conference in Munich.
There have been reports on if flowers and candy have been received or exchanged, but CivilGe has reported that the meeting was held in a “warm and friendly atmosphere”. It also stated that Chancellor Merkel expressed “unconditional support” to Georgia’s territorial integrity. Hard to believe no chocolates were involved between these two friends. Merkel has been opposed to Georgia joining NATO for fear it will destabilize the region, but if we are to believe WikiLeaks, after Russian attack on Georgia in 2008, Merkel told Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus that the Kremlin had destroyed all trust in the eyes of the Western world. The German Chancellor then said Western Democracies must stand behind President Saakashvili, even if they don’t like him. So it might not be love at first sight between these two leaders, but at least it’s not completely one sided as it is in the case of Lavrov and Clinton union. Guess who’s the one sided fool in love in this case. Around the same time as Saakashvili was in a friendly meeting with Merkel, Secretary of State Clinton and Foreign Minister Lavrov were holding their own love fest at the same Security meeting in Munich. At their meeting Lavrov and Clinton exchanged the ratification of the new Start Treaty to reduce a total number of war heads. According to New York Times “Mrs. Clinton, speaking at a security conference here where she and Lavrov conducted the brief ceremony, said the treaty was an example of “clear-eyed cooperation that is in everybody’s interests.” Perhaps ‘clear- eyed’ was not the right choice of words, it would have been more precise to say “while wearing rose colored glasses”. As if to showcase just how one-sided this love is, on Sunday after the Munich Conference, the Telegraph publishes yet another report from WikiLeaks. It states that “US secretly agreed to give Russia sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.” To make the point the Telegraph continues with this. “The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website. There is a Russian saying that spring to mind in situations like this. “Love is cruel and makes you fall for an ass.” Although there is new found love spreading around, there is still no love lost between Russian extremely sensitive Foreign Ministry and   President Saakashvili. Referring to Saakashvili’s televised question and answer with the public on January 25th where the President of Georgia called Russia an enemy state and referred to North Caucuses as “ghetto” (both rather valid points, seeing as Russia is currently occupying Georgia, and North Caucasus’s population is so repressed, its almost invisible, except for when they blow up people in Moscow), the Russian Foreign Ministry said the following. “It has been confirmed, that the Georgian authorities insistently continue line of further deterioration of relations with Russia. At the same time concerns of the Abkhaz and South Ossetia sides about their security in the face of direct threat from the Georgian side are justified.” The overly prickly Russian Foreign Ministry has never heard of ‘Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never hurt me,’ because if words could kill, Russians would have ruled the planet by now. And unlike what the US believes, no amount of chocolate and flower power will ever be enough to calm their twitching hands. Just look at what they did to Egypt.

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