Our Boys
16 December, 2010
Our Boys

I have often been asked a question: ‘What if that boy was your own son? Would you have let him go and serve?” And my unequivocal answer had always been: ‘Yes, I would’. And my son’s dutiful unreserved reaction used to be: ‘Yes dad, I would if Georgia needs me’. These are not the words from a war novel, smartly put into our mouths. No, these are the words of belief in the Georgian cause. I am sorry if they sound

too loud and thunderous, but there is a lot of candor and faith in this vocabulary. Yes, our boys are serving in other countries as peacekeepers and anti-terrorism combatants, and they sometimes are compelled to give their lives to the international cause, not just national. There are thousands of them standing under arms and facing danger of death day in and day out. The international military commitment of our boys is voluntarily accepted by these young servicemen and supported by the government – no imposition, no duress, no coercion! And still, the act is triggering doubts in the heads that, in principle, should be no less concerned about Georgia’s fate than those who are sending the boys out to foreign lands to serve. To serve for what and who – one hears the nervous question all the time. The controversy on the subject never mitigates because the problem is trenchant and incisive. Does this have an explanation? It certainly does, and a very healthy one too. Georgia is not an out-of-the-way land, obfuscated in nebulous seclusion and surrounded by murky waters of isolation. We are an internationally recognized state, sharing life and philosophy of that life with the rest of the planet – the planet which has innumerable scratches and dents on its over-used body and suffers a lot of pains and vices that need to be taken care of forthwith. Georgia cannot and will not stay away from global problems like hunger, cancer, aids, pollution, warming, conflicts, terrorism, peace and war. We cannot just say that these are none of our business. We are into all of them and working on them together with the rest of the mankind. Doing military service internationally is one of the niches we are trying to fill in. This is exactly what gives us a global recognition as of the nation who cares and does its utmost to make the world a better place to live. How about the young men who Georgia needs as part of its gene pool more than anything else anywhere in the world? True, very true, but no gene pool is good and functional unless the bright future is guaranteed. Our internationally serving boys, I can guarantee, are doing much bigger a job than any of us here at home to provide for better life not only for Georgia, but for the entire world. As the saying has it, no pain – no gain, or even better: no sweat – no sweet. I love the truth of it! Don’t you?

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