Flashes in the Pan
01 October, 2015
Flashes in the Pan
In the twentieth century, before the eyes of the civilized world, we appeal to the conscience of civilized nations and all honest people to condemn this persecution of a small nation and the criminals inspiring and carrying out these barbarous acts.

No other idiom can describe Georgia’s dolorous destiny and its longstanding political enthusiasm than the saying given in the title above, which means a thing, a project or a person, enjoying only a short-lived and not repeatable success. All
that has historically been happening to Georgia seems promising at the start but turns out disappointing eventually. Let me throw in a couple of examples, corroborating this doleful statement. In the year of 1783 Georgia’s beleaguered monarch Heraclius the Second, brutally overwhelmed by Persians, signed and sealed the iniquitous bilateral Treaty of Georgievsk, which established protectorate of Russia over Georgia, guarantying Georgia’s territorial integrity and continuation of its Bagrationi dynasty reign in return for privileges in foreign affairs in favor of Russia on part of Georgia. Complication of relationships of Georgia with Iran and Turkey followed but the act was still relaxing for the Kingdom of Georgia although the harvested peace and calm were destined to be brief and fleeting. In 1801 Georgia’s territory was annexed by Russia to become one of her provinces, thus establishing a new governing system in Georgia. As a result, the Georgian Kingdom was brought to an end, the indigenous monarchs desisted functioning as such and the political power was vested in the Russian viceroy – the governor-general. The story truly sounds as a momentary flash in the pan! The new unsavory governmental style, new juridical settings, new language and new way of life bothered the enslaved but freedom-loving Georgianpeople who never stopped making attempts to free itself from the Russian duress which always ended in fiasco, with certain promising exceptions though. In 1918 Georgia managed to secede from Russia having become a democratically organized republic, but again, the flash-in-the pan political luck of the Nation turned the fortunate three brief years of freedom and democracy into another wave of subjugation – the Soviets came to take over in 1921, and the legitimate Georgian government of free will and intent was toppled in just two shakes of a lamb’s tail. Nothing had helped and nobody had heeded the downfall of Georgia’s epigrammatic liberty. Georgia’s appeal to the United States of America – the freest and most democratic nation of the world – had remained unheard like voice in the wilderness: In the twentieth century, before the eyes of the civilized world, we appeal to the conscience of civilized nations and all honest people to condemn this persecution of a small nation and the criminals inspiring and carrying out these barbarous acts. Thus the dream of the Nation to be part of the civilized world turned into vapor in no time. Then Georgia lived in the dark shadow of socialism for about seventy years having humbly and respectfully reconciled with the absurd rules and regulations of the weird communist regime, but the flash in the pan took place once again – there came a sudden and unexpected demise of the detestable soviet power, which had turned people into factual animals, having no sen
geotv.gesation of personality and human individualism. Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel flicked and the communalist venture ended up in ruins. In 1991 Georgia was free again, and democratic too! People celebrated the cherished liberation from fettered hands and warped minds. Elections, self-government, constitutionality, freedom of speech, human rights, free enterprise, capitalism and all the rest that comes with the territory became real and present. Georgia was elevated and poised for new healthy deals, headed by a beloved leader, reflecting the hopes of the liberated nation, but again the flash-in-the-pan damnation had worked to the chagrin of the entire frustrated people. The victory did not work, and nothing good panned out in the wake of the people’s revolutionary effort. In 1992 Georgia plunged into internecine clashes, and the new dreams about happy new life went up in smoke one more time. This was followed by the seemingly favorable quiet with built-in corruption and stagnation. Time passed and right at the moment when the aggravated people had completely lost courage to carry on with their dull social and economic routine, the political horizon was all of a sudden filled with the blinding bright color, shining like a harbinger of something refreshingly inspirational. Another revolution was on its way in Georgia in 2003. The society was witnessing another acme of public exaltation. The wester
n-educated young professionals got hold of the helm that put the country on the track of totally different fashion of development. Time will judge whether it was good or bad, but the change was obvious. Westernization of life, colossal economic projects, metamorphosis in law enforcement, reformation of education, fight against sleaze and bribery, modernization of governmental services, massive substitution of the elderly by the youth at work places, and an attempt to honor the rule of law were successfully established in Georgia. But the flash-in-the-pan effect was yet around the corner to strike – it so happened that the initial public excitement and support for the newly introduced regime gradually ebbed to finally disappear. The people of Georgia offered hatred to the new rulers in place of their former love, bringing them down exactly as they had them installed in power. And in 2012 there came around another team of politicians, who are in power up to date. If the flash-in-the-pan arrow hits them too, then the stigma will always remain active and functional in the Georgian governing style.
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