Wanted
08 May, 2015
Wanted
He is wanted! Wanted by the government of the country he once used to be a chief executive of. I am not kidding – he is truly and seriously wanted in Georgia. And for quite a while now! Open almost any newspaper, listen to almost any radio station, watch almost any television, eavesdrop almost any private conversation, and you will hear about him words like culprit, offender, criminal, guilty party, perpetrator, wrongdoer, delinquent, felon, illegal, unlawful, illegitimate, dishonest, destroyer of the
nation, sinner, reprobate, outlaw, corrupt, lecher, and myriad other epithets of the sort. This kind of description of a former leader of the country would not have bothered me ever in my life unless I were watching him travel freely and intensively the world by bus or by train, by foot or by air, at the wheel or on the bike, enjoying his social, academic and political peregrinations with great zeal and enthusiasm, saying nothing about the amount of money the world-trotting of this magnitude would demand. This is a real enigma of the century, which my beloved Georgian people and I will never have a chance to perceive – if he is wanted, how come he moves around the globe with such an enviable liberty? Imagine, the guy is wanted here in his own country, and he is embraced with love and interest anywhere it occurs to him to go and stay, and be flashing on the TV screens internationally with his broad smile and lively manner to converse. How Come? Either he is very, very, very strong in certain enigmatic ways or this government is very, very, very feeble in the most trivial way. It could be both, couldn’t it? Today he is here and tomorrow he is there – Figaro qua, Figaro là. I just wonder if anybody in the world takes seriously the word of the current Georgian government. Georgia’s frolicsome and mischievous ex has recently gone so serious that he has filled in one of the most responsible openings in the government of a foreign but friendly-to-Georgia country. This Georgian administration is daydreaming to see the erstwhile boss behind bars, whereas he is proudly occupying classy governmental offices in a foreign land who decided to hire him for a very solid amount of compensation. Presumably of course! How could these two absolutely contradicting phenomena stick together? Think about it: our good-willed foreign partners have embraced the famous Georgian’s talent and experience for doing reforms in their country, whereas the law enforcement of Georgia insists that the selfsame notorious Georgian should only be doing time in his own country. The contradiction is utterly inconceivable! How can a thing like this happen unless we are part of a wittily scribbled mindboggling farce, which the entire world is watching with deriding smirk and Georgia is bemoaning with ill-fated patience and a huge pain in the heart? Some of our periodicals are bursting of angered analysis of the situation which the main protagonist of the show is brashly smiling off, remaining absolutely nonchalant to what his opponents are saying in Georgia. The guy is simply untouchable. Part of me says he is mightily protected by the powers that are not on the surface but always out there to do the job. Folks, I have never seen a former leader of a country as cheerfully active and busy as this one is, staying as happy as Larry at all possible times! Wanted at home, demanded outside! Having in fact become a citizen of the world, his presence is banned in only two countries, as far as the available information can stretch. And those two nations are Georgia and Russia. Finally, the former brothers, temporarily separated by disputed properties, are together again, hunting after the same man who is wanted in both countries. Could this be a good chance for Georgia and Russia to be hand-in-hand again? Why not? Sometimes, good things start accidentally and for minor reasons. Who knows how the whole story might develop. If the fortune has it that the end is happy, then the wanted man’s historical role is guaranteed – the son of a gun has always been dreaming about it. Meanwhile, the bad boy goes around swift and good, striding all over the planet with emphatically political blast and clamor, resolutely soring the eyes and ears of the Georgian leadership, both factual and actual. Georgia’s law-enforcers are using their time and ink on writing the notes to request the runaway teaser’s extradition but all in vain. Amazingly, all the addressees of those desperate notes are the leaders of friendly states, indifferently shrugging off those embittered pleas of the Georgian side. How on earth could this be possible? Whether we want it or not, the thoughts that are gnawing on our hearts and minds are attacking us. Could the wanted escapee be taken by the rest of the world so lightheartedly that nobody wants to give him out? Or else, could Georgia’s current political elite be at some mistake that needs to be immediately corrected? If none of these two presumptions of mine are viable enough to continue with, tell me please what’s going on in reality. The wanted man, who we desire to apprehend to see him fast in top-security prison for the crimes committed against his own people, is given a big and loving hug of security by our good friends and neighbors!
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