Not Words but Deeds, Folks!
25 November, 2010
Not Words but Deeds, Folks!

The Lisbon Summit of NATO has clearly emphasized that Georgia will become a member of NATO, openly and loudly supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. In this context, Russia has been seriously urged to reverse its recognition of independence of Georgia’s regions and comply with the commitments under the EU-mediated ceasefire agreement. Georgia’s important contribution to NATO operations was highly appreciated. All those extremely important resolutions were made against the background of strengthening of the

rule of law in Georgia and promotion of democratic reforms in all areas. There is an overwhelming feeling in the international community that the world is inclined to be more supportive of Georgia today than ever before and more opposed to disastrous political and military decisions made by Russia in the last several years in matters concerning Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is exactly why Russia and her rogue-regime satellites (Clearly erring and not very pretty ones too!), born and dug-in on Georgia’s historical territories are persistently urged by the wiser part of the world society to reverse the results of what has been described as ethnic cleansing by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia as well as by other international documents, and allow the safe and dignified return of all internally displaced persons to their homes. It is exactly here that the most incisive and mind-boggling question pops up: how come that Russia dares turning a chronically deaf ear on the world’s opinion and ignores its relentless urging to rectify the situation around Georgia? Could it be that that Russia is not afraid of anything in general, or the world is not enough consistent in developing adequate duress on this catastrophically runaway current Russian administration? How long could this anomaly last? How far is the world from the time when no nation – whether big or small – is allowed to do what is flagrantly wrong and egregiously unacceptable by any standard of International Law? It is also clear that Georgia can’t afford being short of patience and might need to be waiting forever for the cherished moment when either Russia volunteers to peacefully return the grabbed territories to Georgia, or the fairest powers of humanity induce Russia to hand back to Georgia what legally, morally, politically, geographically and historically belongs to Georgia. How many miles of resolutions and communiques, how many tons of pledges and declarations, how much sweat and blood, and finally, how much time will it take to resolve this exasperating conflict of Russia with the rest of the world?  Are we ever in our lifetime going to celebrate justice, fairness and righteousness in  international dealings?  Probably yes, but I can’t really wait any longer to see the dream red-letter day on our world’s political calendar. Enough to try the patience of a saint!

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