The bottom line
27 March, 2015
The bottom line
What is the bottom line for Georgia after all, and who and what will take care of it? In the last quarter of a century, this country has gone through a radical geopolitical and economic metamorphosis. When the transformation started in the late eighties of the last century, the main vector of governmental and societal thinking was aimed at defying Soviet imperialism and Russian chauvinism, our people being lead towards far-reaching political change by national liberation philosophy. Eventually, Georgia succeeded,
having gotten rid of both the Soviets and the Russians, but the achieved victory seems now flagrantly pyrrhic – one fifth of historical territories lost, 350 thousand innocent civilians displaced, fifteen thousand lives lost in wars, over a million people having ended up in emigration, national consciousness bisected, the nation’s geopolitical orientation confused, economy in tatters, unemployment skyrocketing, standard of living plummeting, education nonexistent, and the country’s leadership going hat-in-hand around the world to provide for the nation’s survival. What else could have happened for God’s sake! OK, this all done, where are we headed for at this time? What’s the next station? What are we building our future on? What is our current national idea that can deserve the consideration of our people and might attract the attention of the rest of the world – both the friends and the nemeses? Actually, the question is if we have a national idea at all, which we all want to adhere to in good faith? Historically speaking, the most enduring and exciting national idea has always been the thought about freedom and independence, to which many praiseworthy heads and lives were dedicated. Can we today state without any hesitation that national freedom and independence have been achieved, and we no longer have to cling to the old patriotic cliché? Let us assume that we can! Then, what should we call our current national idea? Would that be the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity? Could be, but is this great enough an idea to elevate it to the rank of a national inspiration? Is it big enough to draw analogy between territorial integrity and national independence? Well, if the answer is yes again, then we have to be behaving accordingly as a nation. How accordingly, one might ask? The answer cannot be simpler: let us restore the country’s territorial integrity! How can this happen? – The question bounces back, and painfully hits all of us right in the head! And the only response here is to precisely determine the bottom line we want to finally achieve. But first, let us continue asking the questions we need to answer: Do we know exactly what particular powers determine the fates of the Georgian people and their country, shattered to pieces. I am afraid, not! We are being tossed around among several major world players without their serious determination to give us a safeguarded geopolitical niche, within which this talented people and their exceptional culture could flourish and yield some prosperity. Does the majority of this nation and its leaders, who have frequently been coming and going in the last quarter of a century, know precisely what we want to make out of our current relations with Russia, or America or Europe or any other power that has a finger in the pie? I am afraid, not! Do we have a vision of what Georgia should look like, say, after fifty years from now? I am afraid not! What is the bottom line after all that we are striving for? Can anybody make it clear enough for us the people to get ourselves ready for the incipient developments in the country? Should we go along with the West and dump Russia forever, no matter how afraid we are of this blueprint? Or should we drop the West with all its attractive toys and go ahead with Russia as we have done in the well-memorized older times? Or we should not venture embarking any of these vessels because none is secure, attractive and promising enough for Georgia? All right, is there anybody, just anybody in this country who is adequately qualified and audacious enough to provide the nation with a relevant answer? Maybe it is just about time for us to get rid of our cursed proclivity of taking sides and tell the world: We are not playing these games anymore! So give us a chance of independent development with the help of moderate and reasonable cooperation with all of you the major geopolitical performers, who have to do with Georgia in various ways. Just listen to this! We don’t want to be up in the air all the time or sitting on a pack of explosives on permanent basis. The only thing we want is a chance to work, and thus survive. Period! All those geopolitical blocks and groupings are not what we have been killing ourselves for all this time. We are tired of fights and dubious promises of friendship and cooperation. Why is it so difficult to grant us the opportunity to become productive? We are not going to run and hide away. We will work like horses and cooperate with you guys in all good things there are. We are inventive, skilled and smart. Our job is to give good things to the world. We do not want to be involved in strife and skirmish. That’s the bottom line!

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