Justice or Image?
09 October, 2014
Justice or Image?
The answer is – Both! With the desire and readiness to have this nation develop into a realistically functioning democracy, we must have the blueprint that accommodates both – the restoration and perpetuation of justice as well as nursing and maintenance of an image of a country, serving the ideals of democracy as fairly and faithfully as possible. Georgia cannot afford going only one way – either for the revival of justice or for building an image that is compatible with
joining the realm of western civilization. Georgia must do what is to be done in the field of administering justice towards its erring citizens and save its face of a modern nation of civil means and ways. Understandably, this is not easy but possible! The combination of indispensable punishment for braking law and Georgia’s immergence as a healthy new democracy on global arena is turning out to be practically unachievable for this generation of governors. The current Georgian government is being told by its Western consultants to refrain from disciplining the members of previous administration, alleged in criminal activity, because they think that persecution of former presidents, premiers, mayors and ministers might damage the international image of Georgia even if the former members of government had indeed committed a grave breach against the law in times of their rule. Every piece of advice, coming from our mentors is extremely valuable and is being taken very seriously by Georgia – we are smart and good enough today to be doing that. We certainly know the price to a good advice! We also know the ropes better today than yesterday because time is passing and we are becoming prone to learn how to play modern political games in our favor. After all, the pains of the past are so bad that they cannot be forgotten that easy, especially at times when those pains are reminding of themselves clearly and loudly. The generally accepted rule is dictating us that crime has to be punished. And you can’t do anything to contradict this rule. On the other hand, the rules of internationally played games are prompting us to be careful when it comes to chastising the big bugs that had once had a finger in a criminal pie – too much stink and noise! This could be very true, but what to do with the promise of restoring justice in Georgia? After all, this is the promise of the ruling political power to people, which had propelled them into power two years ago. They need to keep their word if they want to maintain office for at least several coming years, acquired at the expense of huge pains taken then by them. The situation is simple enough to understand promptly. Vox Populi: ‘You promised, you better do it, and if you don’t...’ Well, if the voice of people is the voice of God, then the current Georgian administration is in imminently incipient trouble. In the twilight of Georgia’s previous government, the angered electorate of this country would have gone to any length to have the Nationals down and the Dreamers up. And they did it! And the the political locomotive of the newcomers was marked with deeply chiseled blazing letters – Revival of Justice. How about that? What to do with the famous message of the Old Testament ‘Promises Made’? Georgia’s European and American advisers surely know what they are telling us – castigate but not so egregiously that all the dirt and blood of older times are thrown on the surface! Understood! But Crime is a crime is a crime, and a culprit is a culprit is a culprit, and justice is a justice is a justice. Mr. Crime & Mrs. Punishment – bless your heart uncle Dostoevsky – make such an inseparable couple! The expert guides from the West, who I believe are ready to serve Georgia’s most cherished political interests with wisdom and faith, are also justified in their efforts to let Georgia be sooner than later, where Georgia wants to be. And for this, some dues are to be paid, like careful and more professional handling of PR exigencies when state has to tackle the problem of punishing those formers who might still enjoy considerable amount of support both in the country and outside its boundaries. Another good thing for the boys and girls up there in power might be enhancement of quality of work in those international organizations in whose hands our international reputation could very well be. Otherwise, those organizations may get carried away with baking the resolutions, ready to promulgate the judgments and attitudes that are working against our national cause and will. Anything needs to be learnt in its due time: how to investigate criminal activity properly and professionally; how to reach the desired bottom-line in courts; how to master the science of evidence as such; how to prepare a cause célèbre for judges to make ruling and for the public to form constructive opinions; how to present a case to the society who is never sated with punishing the authorities; how to fight belligerent opposition; how to nurse benevolence in hearts and minds of those whose decisions are crucial to the fates of a governing party; how to find a key to the bureaucrats who have a proclivity for hammering out the scathing resolutions about our political behavior; and finally, how to make better out of all flaws and merits, which always accompany the multifaceted existence of a ruling power in general. Who does not know that misdeed needs to be penalized? What most of our decision makers do not comprehend is how to handle the entire complex of ingredients, conducive to fair punishment of wrong-doers and to their due penitence. There could of course be delinquents in any government, and their offences should not be winked at, but the dudes who are responsible for some misdeeds should not be made heroic victims of the functioning regime that definitely has better things on the agenda to attend to. Would it make any sense for the current administration to turn the story of the now imprisoned or wanted erstwhile rulers into a noisy talk of the town? Probably not! There is always enough number of malcontents in the land, barking at the government and threatening it. And the internationally effective resolutions with negative matter about us will only increase that number. I would only wonder why the government can’t handle the situations like this with more caution, acumen and dexterity.

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