Tug-of-War
26 May, 2011
Tug-of-War

 

The Hamletesque question – ‘Russia or America’ – has today overwhelmed the Nation more incisively than ever before. The tug-of-war between Russophiles and lovers of the West in Georgia is acquiring more serious dimensions than I had expected it would.

 

The media is openly discussing the issue and the public are expressly validating their attitudes. The impression is that once trivial contradiction between variously-oriented groups of people has turned into a throbbing political disparity. The tug is growing tauter and tauter

every day and definitely looks like it might soon become a final denominator of political preferences in this country. How to know in this situation what really is better for the Nation – to continue with America in hopes that the Western political style and economic potential is conducive to a happy future for us, or go back to Russia and wait for the time when the Empire is fair, useful and friendly to Georgia? What a historical damnation! Why do we have to be so unfortunate that this diabolical choice should be putting us in the middle of this brutal tug-of-war between these two giants and their Georgian buffs respectively? What if we loose our extremities and get crippled while the nonchalant warriors are pulling the tug?  Why can’t Georgia coexist and cooperate with both combatants in peace and bliss? Who could have expected a couple of decades ago that Georgia would some day become the thickest bone of contention between America and Russia! The tug-of-war is real, and the end of it is not even looming on the horizon. As a matter of fact, it is gradually becoming even tougher. It is truly unbelievable that this political dead-end is currently blocked out by those two massive bodies with the petite Georgia caught up in between them. Based on what we have on the table right now, there is no sign that the tug will become looser any time soon. What could be expected more likely is that Georgia will be using its strength and capabilities on vain attempts to stop the preposterous tug-of-war instead of steadily and surely building its future? The tug-of-war might continue forever. Nothing would have changed even if it had been a tug-of-love because any fight for custody of a child usually ends up to the detriment of a kid, no matter how good each parent is trying to perform. The fighting parents, even with the best intentions, will never make a happy living for a child. Children need their parents to be together, working together and taking care of their progeny together, not just fighting for the custody over them. Politics is no different – there is an outstanding option in what direction to go, and certainly, different segments of population want different things to pursue for being happy in compliance with the ideal model of happiness on their mind. So if some people in Georgia want to couple up with America, that’s their lawful choice, and if some want to go with Russia, again, that’s their option. And the attempt to forcefully change that would be a violation of an elementary human right. So what to do in this kind of circumstance? Ask earnestly both Russia and America to find a reasonable way out of the damned cul-de-sac ASAP if they truly love and respect the Georgian people, who truly deserve that much. That tug-of war is simply killing this cute and charming nation, isn’t it?

 

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