Precarious Crossroads
27 February, 2015
Precarious Crossroads
What has brought the turn of the century to our good old Georgia, who has lain in shreds in the last couple of decades? Something was gained and something was lost as it could have happened to any country in the world, but there is one absolutely exceptional predicament that Georgia was compelled to face, and having confronted it, the nation, in its entirety, has found itself at a deadly loss. Right now, the dilemma seems to be insurmountable and
it is hard to put the blame outright on any particular shoulder that might be available in the country or outside it. The loss of territories by Georgia to Russia is an old story and its international vibrancy has almost faded away into a prosaic standing, especially against the blazing background of the Russian-Ukrainian altercations for similar geopolitical reasons. The world’s attention is now flatly concentrated on this Eastern-European carnage in fear of the alleged immanency of a wider-scale war, involving several well-to-do states of the West, armed to the teeth and even beyond. Georgia, as an independent nation and the country, as they say, with appealing geopolitical disposition, cannot but be involved in all major political happenings around. I don’t really know how much weight Georgia’s word may possibly have in the game of bigger players, but the situation is so sensitive that even a hardly audible squeak of our despondent Mickey Mouse is heard like a stentorian hail. Yes, Georgia has to have a position – clear, balanced and calculated – to make a survival in the ongoing row, stricken up by ever-bickering Russia and Ukraine. The chess board looks scary and daunting, and intricately tangled too. And Georgia needs to find its niche on the board even if the required spot is as modest and restricted as the square for a pawn on it. Finding the desired safe slot on the insecure checkmate board is quite a job for Georgia whose authorities are torn apart in-between the choices, suggested by the dire reality. Having fled the soviet concentration camp of nations, Georgia made a choice to follow the Western model of future development, which had irritated Russia so much that she grabbed Georgia’s historical lands in retaliation, maintaining the same adversarial attitude up until now, and legalizing the occupation officially. The West has been pulling Georgia into their realm with moderated force but persistently, which makes Russia even madder. Ukraine is a friend, who has recently embarked on hiring the Georgian specialists of modern reforms against the will of current Georgian government. If Georgia continues supporting Ukraine unabashedly, Russia’s exacerbation might become even worse, more so if Georgia continues openly dreaming of ascending to NATO. So Georgia has found itself at such a precarious crossroad where no nation would desire to be, especially when the government and its opposition, and the political scientists into the bargain, are not capable of coming up with any immediate and most practicable version of decision, which could help Georgia safely out of the nasty debacle. Should Georgia drop all those Western chattels, acquired with such backbreaking efforts and run from the famous Western military alliance as fast as it could? Probably not! Should Georgia go and prostrate its tiny ailing body in front of its disgruntled erstwhile big brother and, touching the ground with head, ask for forgiveness for having been such a perky little rascal for so long? No way! Should Georgia ask the ever hesitant and reserved United States to declare us the 51st state of the Union? No – this won’t work either – who needs that remote and skinny little relative on the bandwagon? How about incorporating into our historical opponent but now the cooperative Turkey? Well, Turks might consider the possibility. But no! Who would care to learn the new language now? On the other hand, this might be useful to some extent – the Turkish television serials would be made comprehensible without translation, and the saved money could strengthen the run-away Georgian Lari. Omigod, I must not be cracking jokes at the moment of misery like this, but I am only trying to prompt something promising to my frustrated fellow countrymen and their baffled government. I might really be able to do this if I could get a couple of perked ears to listen in, defeating the habitual nonchalance towards a good piece of advice in this country. How about dropping the oversized and forcefully amplified politicking round-a-clock and starting thinking real hard about putting the country together all over again and giving it the most optimal and scientifically determined economic direction. How about embarking on a totally new modus operandi in terms of our international activity, based not on block-orientation but on enhancing Georgia’s international functionality as a symbol and facilitator of peace and cooperation in the region and worldwide. How about becoming real about our available labor and natural resources and starting contemplating the best ways of fusing these two ordinary components into one, thus creating the potential of enhancing the productivity of our work and the massive participation of our people in generating the Gross National Product. How about rethinking in general of the way we are living and working at home, and interacting with the rest of the world. Now! For the sake of breaking away from those precarious crossroads where we stand and do not quite know where to go!
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