2014-2015
16 January, 2015
2014-2015
In the now bygone with creaks and squeaks year of 2014, Georgia did not exactly look like a land flowing with milk and honey, to say the least.
And yet, there had still happened something that a drowning man would call a straw: successful kind of moves on international arena, some positive shifts inside the country, a lot of verbose opprobrium against the formers, promising prenuptials with Europe and the stressful status quo with Russia.

How about that illusive spectre
of the MAP – the NATO Membership Action Plan? Gone! Probably for a long and irritating while! What do we have instead? The unlikely ‘substantive package’ of cooperation with the Alliance, which is not even a slight reflection of the notorious Action Plan.


Notwithstanding the bleakness of this account, the New Year governmental predictions and resolutions sound optimistic, but the presumable consequences for us the rank-and-file seem to be heartbreakingly precarious. Please don’t take this as a hardened pessimist’s mulligrubs – there is simply no room for a rejoicing optimist right now within my individual system of reasoning. Yes, there was indeed signed a significant document – the much-talked-about Association Agreement with Euro-Union, but at what price? Russia did not seemingly react, artfully covering up its annoyance, but hastily signed the similar agreement with Abkhazia before Georgia could even manage to say Jack Robinson. Now, where is the preponderance? Is it towards the benefit from the West or the danger from Russia? Hard to say of course, but the fact is that Georgia has as a result received a bucket of ointment with a huge fly in it. How about that illusive spectre of the MAP – the NATO Membership Action Plan? Gone! Probably for a long and irritating while! What do we have instead? The unlikely ‘substantive package’ of cooperation with the Alliance, which is not even a slight reflection of the notorious Action Plan. This was one of the frustrating landmarks that emerged last year, but the pinnacle of state-level sarcasm was Russia’s invitation for the incumbent Georgian administration to come over to Moscow on its flimsy rickety feet and pay homage to the emperor. And the Ukraine! Who could imagine that the Ukrainian leadership’s desperate head-hunting venture would end up in hiring the members of Georgia’s erstwhile government, so much detested and vilified by the current one? Georgia’s nonchalance towards the mounting international terrorism was also part of the gone year which hopefully is not going to be the case in the new calendar of events. One of the most vivid administrative blueprints is going to be the reform commitment, left over from the previous year. This will concern the law enforcement system, which will be reinvented and reorganized so that the entire system will probably be working more efficiently. The growth of economy was widely showed off, and I hope this was not just a piece of youthful boast but the reality we have all been in a long expectation of. Actually, the main thing about the growth is that people should have a feeling of it in their pockets and menu. Wouldn’t this be terribly true? Making promises and having a sense of commitment is something very positive that any government in the world should maintain, but some day, anybody would get tired of those governmental promises and commitments, especially if those promises and commitments have no grounds under them, and are sorrowfully approximated to what we usually call a lie. Lincoln’s Famous words are definitely asking to be quoted here: You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. One of the most expressly predicted hopes for the New Year is that in 2015, there will be an abundance of brilliant decisions by the Georgian government, resulting as the radiant intellectual flashes of its young members. Who needs those words and promises? Deeds, gentlemen, deeds! We are fatigued by marking time and making no headway. Only shifting our feet would not do much. We have to stop loitering and dawdling. No dillydally anymore! Last year we often thought we were doing some vastly important things, whereas in reality we were skidding on the spot although we all kept making impression that we were moving forward. Passing our time in routine activities until a more favorable or interesting opportunity presents itself, is not always justified. The just-arrived 2015 has to be the time of dynamic action. Halting progress temporarily, while awaiting developments like manna from the sky must not be our lot. We can no longer afford being at a loss. Boxing within the walls of Georgia’s parliament may only do harm. It is not the muscle that matters but the intellect that should reign instead. Prices on staples going up have killed the New Year delight, and the soaring unemployment has left a bad taste in our mouths. The dropping Lari had created fear and our uncannily low retirement facilities were totally depressing. Why should the agricultural products cost so much in the country of agro-heaven? Why the poverty has to be a dilemma in the country of such a rich nature? Almost everything was a problem in 2014 – eating, heating, and utility bills, citizens’ massive insolvency, real estate price weirdness, healthcare and education. What might be the most optimal description of our society and its life? Could it be called a society of a limited number of haves and limitless number of have-nots, driving ancient dilapidated and environmentally dangerous cars? Or just an overly politicized society who has no clue which way to look with widely open eyes – West or North?

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