The WTO War
11 November, 2011
The WTO War

Poor, poor good old Russia! Look at what the naughty bad and even older Georgia is doing to her! A couple of decades ago, it would have taken the wildest ever imagination to think that the huge, strong and omnipotent Russia would some day be at the mercy of the tiny, fragile and feeble Georgia.  Our Good Mother of God never stops working sporadic wonders for our miniature land of magic.
Glory, Glory to

the Shepherdess of the Humanity! Historically, the relationships between the big and the little brothers have always been hysterical, fraught with perennial ups and downs, incisively nasty contradictions, phony love and closeness, sickening hypocrisy, perfidious grave-digging and reciprocal abhorrence. Good moments? Yes, there were certain occasional ones of course! And this was appreciated by the now-warring parties accordingly. And that was all in the shared past counting hundreds of years. The war theater today is placed in the laps of the World Trade Organization. Russia wants and needs to be its member, and Georgia’s vote is decisive for Russia to conveniently ensconce itself on international business and export-import crossroads. But behold, the brash little Georgia has enough temerity to say No to the big bro, trying to prove to the laid-back and nonchalant world that Russia needs to be taught a certain bitter lesson because of the series of wrongs, perpetrated against the best intentions of the family of nations. Georgia is trying to make itself heard but Georgia’s desperate lament is taken like voice in the wilderness by those who should have a better ear for the ignored fairness and the forgotten justice. Somebody out there is thinking that the world could become a better place to live provided Russia finally grabs its undeserved spot in the WTO. Why undeserved? Because an honorable place (like the WTO membership) can only be deserved if you are behaving honorably! What is an honorable behavior, you might ask? If we have to necessarily explain the ABC of political behavior, here it is: An honorable political behavior means, for example, not grabbing somebody else’s territories and insisting that those are yours because you say so. That’s what it means! When Georgia makes a clear and loud statement that Russia needs to behave fairly and correctly, and only after that can she enjoy her right to be part of the international trade system, that means the issue deserves consideration because Georgia would never be screaming at the highest possible pitch unless it were seriously hurting. Why scream if all is OK? And if I scream, that means I need help. This war within the WTO is not the war of equals (in size and strength, not in rights!), and this is exactly why it deserves more attention. Would a normal human being with just a smattering of conscience watch indifferently a street fight between a bulky strong man and a scrawny little boy who cannot defend himself and can get killed by a vicious bully momentarily? Would you not at least call a police if you are scared to meddle personally? Would you allow the flimsy little chap be beaten up to death? Would you instead hail a cab and open the door for the big bad man to get away unpunished so that he beat up another victim in another street corner? You might, but I am refusing to believe so. You must be better than that!

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