Georgia’s Choice
26 June, 2014
Georgia’s Choice
Calling the last quarter of a century the “period of Georgia’s nervy tinkering with national independence and democracy” would probably be fair and descriptive enough for most of us because we all know very well that there is still something weird and offbeat with our sovereignty and democratic mien. The span of experimentation with modern ways of statehood is extended in time for Georgi
a, but we are far from giving up. We are still convinced that Georgia is a country where a well-organized and orderly state has a rock-solid chance to exist and survive. Moreover, we are sure that Georgia can play its due role in international life, functioning as a player of firm consequence. At least we are behaving that way on the global scene. There are also people among us who think that Georgia needs to acquire that international function because it does not yet have that function in reality. They also think that for the acquisition of international political and economic utility, Georgia first needs to go for gaining the regional – meaning South Caucasus – role, and not simply a role but a leading role too in the area, which is practically, as I hear from them, our historic task and duty. If you don’t believe me, I can quote a book which was launched about a week ago in the big hall of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia in presence of almost the entire Academy. The academicians unanimously approved of the new project by the Doctor of Political Science, historian and lawyer Mr. Zurab Khonelidze. The book-project, 45 pages, in its trilingual and absolutely impressive edition is titled like “CHOICE OF GEORGIA, South Caucasus – Geopolitical Space,” which is presented by the author as a new format for regional cooperation. Daringly enough, right in the beginning of the book, the author is viewing Georgia, as the country which is currently fallen out of international functions, contemplating the necessity of assigning to it a certain additional international role. This project is as old as the Caucasus hills itself – it was created about a score of long and difficult years, but none of the Georgian post-soviet governments had any intention or desire to lend their heedless and unqualified ears to this political novelty, except the one which is currently ruling this country. Finally, the project came to the deserved attention of our society, which is living in a never-ending expectation of good life. According to the author, one of our most urgent tasks is the formation of Georgia as a fully established state, which cannot happen without a thorough analysis of the role of our country in the globalized world and the acquisition by Georgia – or the reinstatement, to that matter – of additional international functions. The main condition, the only constant value, the major status quo that might be used for achieving this goal as well as for identifying of all current and anticipated threats, objectives and means of relevant action to this end is an absolute reality, called GEOPOLITICS. This is a dominant prerequisite which impacts, influences and determines the fate and destiny of the nation within the complicated system of international politics – geographical location, space, time, area, quality and content of activity in regards with other nations. The Project emphasizes the unfortunate fact that in the recent history, the particular geostrategic location has been serving Georgia not as an advantage but as an obstacle on its way of modern social, political and economic development on the background and within the family of the nations. The author of this new project is patiently and tactfully explaining that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, right on the threshold of post-communist transformation, none of the Georgian governments has managed to give Georgia the place which could have been commensurate with its natural historical features or make an adequate step, exactly tailored on time and space. Due to the complexity of its neighborhood, Georgia cannot be a self-contained and closed system because it is situated in the area as a historical, geographical and cultural epicenter right on the crossroads of geopolitical, economic and military interests of the nations who make this epicenter, called South Caucasus. The key to the definition and fulfillment of our most important national goals, including the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity, lies beyond the borders of this state, carrying regional and global dimensions. On top of all that, the international community has never fully realized the genuine cause of ethno-political conflicts and the reasons of their growing into global problems – all this triggered by the mines laid by the Soviet Empire against the sovereignty of our country, having left us without a function and the ability to see the nation’s prospect clearly or handle its problems ably. The targets and directions that might be optimal and even indispensable for building Georgia’s good future are unequivocally and unambiguously stated in the program of Zurab Khonelidze: a) Restoration of this nation’s historic functionality, turning it into the carrier of a global mission; b) Formation of the unified Georgian national idea and public consciousness, and its ideological promotion; c) Integration of the country and formation of the political system, which would guarantee the restitution and maintenance of its historically ethnic, religious, cultural, political and territorial unity, giving it back the sense of the owner of its own land. The helper here would certainly be the opportunity to properly meet the demands of our time, among which the most significant for Georgia seems to be the necessity of the realistic acquisition by it the due international responsibilities. Nobody who was present at the book-launching academic event remained heedless or indifferent towards all this.

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