Bridging the Gap
17 February, 2011
Bridging the Gap

I asked him with a naiveté of a beginning interviewer if the broken bridge was being gradually restored between Georgia and Abkhazia, and he answered me straight with an unfeigned confidence and natural sanguinity that it definitely was. I asked him with a naiveté of a beginning interviewer if the broken bridge was being gradually restored between Georgia and Abkhazia, and he answered me straight with an unfeigned confidence and natural sanguinity that it definitely was. If you do me a

quick favor and go to page 13 of this newspaper you will find my extensive interview with the head of the Apkhazeti (Abkhazia) legitimate government. Gya Baramia is a young man exuding unrestrained optimism when speaking of his beloved Sukhumi and the possibility of bringing back the good old times of his happily spent youth in the beautiful capital of the gorgeous Abkhazian land. Talking to him, one clearly realizes that there still is an extant world of intrinsic human relationships, which happens to be way more powerful and significant than any ambassadorial talks and executive negotiations, which Gya has qualified as grass-roots diplomacy, and does not want to deviate from it for even a second. He believes in love between Georgia and Abkhazia, which will finally bring together the two organically and historically united siblings who have been separated by sinister vicissitudes of life and not without the help of vicious political powers, still having a say in world affairs, to the chagrin of a better-thinking part of the mankind. Please don’t make a mistake here in judging Gya’s attitude which might momentarily seem to be a little too hopeful. I myself am not exactly a green hand in the field of political thinking, but Gya’s logic has impressed me so positively that leaving his modest offices I felt myself infected with his contagious optimism concerning the Georgian-Abkhazian future. The guy simply knows for sure that Georgians and Abkhazians can never be natural enemies; they can only be natural friends and helpful relatives to each other. Why not to think about the Baramia concept deeper? Why not to deliberate harder (I mean both sides!) on the misery of the stagnated stupid conflict and, using every living vibrant grass-root, why not let celebrate love and understanding between the two bickering roosters?  Sounds naïve again, right?  It sure does, but if you want me to go harder on the issue, I might get more specific here. Baramia’s grass-roots diplomacy, as brilliant as it might sound, would have come to more effectual fruition had it not been curbed by the third and most crucial force – the largest player in the conflict – which may not be pacified by any humanly constructed and politically justified proposals because of the unheard of strong-headedness of the former Soviet ‘big bro’. There is so much at stake here because the ferocious northern neighbor wants to keep her messy face untouched and intact. Its is so inhuman and anti-modern that they want to keep Georgia and Apkhazeti at daggers drawn for as long as they can possibly procrastinate the resolution of this cruelly and maliciously fabricated conflict. Dear Russian friends and neighbors and colleagues, hands off the Georgian-Abkhazian land and friendship! Please stop being a fly in the ointment! Please let Gya have a look at his Sukhumi house once again and let him decide personally who to let live there. He might even be ready to present his childhood abode to his Abkhaz friends without any price-tag on it. Let him do it! Just try him! He might be much better a man than you think he is. Don’t you see that the boys like him are the builders of the broken bridge?

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