Evil Empire’s Aftermath
07 July, 2011
Evil Empire’s Aftermath

The Soviet Union was a strong nuclear power with fragile economy and warped human mind. It could not have survived the way it was. The demise was inevitable, and the consequences were expected to have a tremendous effect on the lives of hundreds of millions of people. It broke up a little over twenty years ago, but it still impresses the world as an intact monolith which stands as untouched as it was conceived by Lenin and brought about by Stalin,

currently symbolized by the Russian Federation – the only internationally recognized legal successor of the former USSR. Russia has gotten all what the Soviets had possessed – property, power, lands, character, style, soul, aggressiveness, vastness, aspirations, dreams, appetites, government, insolence, forcefulness and desire to be out there to grab and conquer. Russia still has all of them - the former Soviet nations under its heavy thumbs except a couple of them, including Georgia, and this is a grave reason for Russia to be very angry. She is as furious as a mother-bear whose baby teddy has been snatched away from her. There are people around in Georgia who every so often make trips to former Soviet republics where the post-Soviet changes are simply cosmetic. They say that the depth is still stinking and the stench is reaching the global nostrils. The world knows the odor and clearly understands where it is coming from, but is doing nothing to stop the reek. In order to stop it the world needs to spend time and money to buy the right amount of deodorants and detergents, but who cares – there are so many other things hanging heavy on the hands of the beleaguered mankind. What seems amazing though is that Georgia has managed to shine in the eyes of the West as an apt reformer. Georgia truly shines when it is compared to the rest of the former Soviet slave countries, where reforms are belated or crippled at all. Some of them do alter part of their exterior, but that’s it! Nothing further than that! Georgia, as limited in its material resources as it actually is, has truly managed to change the way of thinking, its attitude to law enforcement, and the law in general as such. Georgia has taken a vigorous start, and the process is going to be irreversible although we still have a certain command-style streak in our everyday actions, but this is all surmountable. After all, Georgia was compelled to be part of the Evil Empire for more than 70 years and this has told on its soul and body real bad. The aftermath of the Evil Empire is not so easy to escape and stay alive after fleeing it. There is a wide and deep post-soviet swamp out there, and the marsh is so treacherous and so viciously sticky that the ooze is pulling us back. We need a lot of talent to step over it and enough willpower to stay beyond its boundaries. Georgia has spilled blood and eaten many a humble pie to stay where it is right now. We can’t look back any more. If we do, we might get petrified and never move again towards what we call national freedom and genuine democracy. Trust me on this upon my word of a weathered journalist who has always been careful in choosing the words! Georgia is a survivor and it will stay alive and kicking this time around too. Patience, my friends, patience!

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