To be an ass, to be a politician
05 April, 2012
To be an ass, to be a politician

Georgians are a fickle people when it comes to love. They might love their president one day, and hate him another. They might hate their ministers when they are in power, and protest their dismissal. They might hate not being able to find a job, and complain about having to work later on. They might profess undying love to their lovers and forget all about them a week later. But one thing that no Georgian can be accused of is

having a wavering feeling about Georgia itself. All Georgians love their country unconditionally. Well, almost all Georgians. 

 

What would you make of a Georgian who demands that the most powerful country in the world cut off financial and military support to his own country? A negative reaction would be understandable, but that is only half the story. What could be worse than lobbying to get a bill passed in the US Senate that would deprive Georgia of any financial or military or humanitarian assistance from the US? What could be worse is putting a provision that stipulates that unless Bidzina Ivanishvili and the Georgian Dream Party win the election, then the US must acknowledge that the elections were rigged and therefore the Georgian elections are not free, which in turn would mean that the US should no longer support Georgia. By this logic, the US can still hand over millions to Pakistan, even though they hosted Bin Laden for years in their back yard, and US can support Bahrain as they starve their dissidents to death, but in no way can they support Georgia if Bidzina Ivanishvili does not become a prime minister for a ‘year or two’ – the amount of time apparently needed to fix the countries problems and restore Georgia’s relations with Russia.

The bill - H.R.4258 — Republic of Georgia Democracy Act of 2012 , does not account for a possibility of anyone else winning the elections that are a year away. It only makes assertions that if the National party wins then the elections must have been doctored. That is either grandly narcissistic or extremely cowardly. But in either case, the bill is not in any way favorable to the country of Georgia.

For one, the bill looked like a one-sided report full of ‘examples’ of the National Party’s wrong doings. In Paragraph (12) ‘…Ivanishvili was born in Georgia, and there is no legal basis for his citizenship to be revoked.’ The bill forgot to mention that during his announcement to run for presidency of one country Mr. Ivanishvili held two more citizenships, one with France and one with Russia. Is it not illegal to be a citizen of three countries while running for the highest post in one of those countries? Would a president of the United States hold a dual citizenship with China?

Paragraph (7) ‘According to the Department of State’s 2010 Human Rights Report on Georgia,…`the OSCE identified significant problems, including widespread allegations of intimidation and pressure, flawed vote-counting and tabulation processes, and shortcomings in the complaints and appeals process.’ Has anyone read the full OSCE report? If you have, that’s great, if you haven’t you should, it is available online for public as is H.R. 4258. But the problem with editing a report down to a sentence or a paragraph is this. To take a page from the proposed bill and use an ‘example’ scenario - ‘While other candidates also highlighted social issues, a major emphasis was to attack Mr. Saakashvili, sometimes in strong terms. For example, Mr. Natelashvili was observed at a rally denouncing Mr. Saakashvili as “the Anti-Christ”.’ Page 9 Paragraph VIII, OSCE report.

That’s the danger of picking and choosing what to print out of a twenty odd pages of a report. This is not to say that the OSCE report wasn’t full of important recommendations on how to make Georgian elections fairer, but I don’t think anyone could have ever imagined that one of those recommendations would be to attack Georgia through US Senate. This bill was dead on arrival, but still, it showed exactly how far some people will go, to get their way. And only their way!

 

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