‘If somebody is plotting something, I would not rule out that it could be Al Qaeda’
10 March, 2011
‘If somebody is plotting something, I would not rule out that it could be Al Qaeda’

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah expressed a wish to purchase the Facebook. As Egyptian and Iranian press reports, he offered 150 billion dollars to Zuckerberg for the social network. The sum is thrice the real price as stipulated by experts. It seems the aged royal eminence got afraid of the Day of Rage planned on 11 March by Saudi Arabian Facebook bloggers. While the near east is on revolutionary fire, Russia is hectically scrambling for the peacekeeping role in the Caucasus.

Namely, recently Dmitri Medvedev invited Serzh Sargsian and Ilham Aliyev to Sochi. “There are plans of settling the lingering Nagorni Karabakh problem within the tri-lateral framework,” – reads the Kremlin statement. Indeed, statements can read anything, whereas the reality could be much different, especially if they belong to Kremlin, a bubble of a peacekeeper in at least Karabakh, Tskhinvali and Sokhumi conflicts.
We talked with Soso  Tsiskarishvili on political going-ons happening in Georgia and world:
Q: According to prediction of the oppositioner Levan Gachechiladze, “in the summer we all will be relieved of Saakashvili.” Are not the opposition leaders making a mistake again?
A: Duplication of the foreign experience is an experiment always destined to fail. Even though demands for the regime change are similar across the Arab world, a form of preparedness however differs wildly from country to country. It is because the Arab uprising has been spontaneous more or less. In any case, if somebody is plotting something, I would not rule out that it could be Al Qaeda. By the look of it, neither common people knew about it, nor has any opposition party claimed a leadership role in the regional uprising. As for the revolution pre-announced in Georgia, it more resembles a PR campaign than real efforts to get ready for the regime change unconstitutionally. I am not sure the Authorities are not going to bother about emergence of real opposition force in the summer. It would not happen, given that these Authorities have been preparing for and looking forward to such revolutionary zeal to unfold so that all the efforts towards unconstitutional Governmental takeover are dealt a lethal blow once and for all.
Q: Russia is not going to give a no-use-of-force guarantee to Georgia. Do you think such intransigence is a part of internal black PR campaign or poses a real threat?
A: Now it is clear for everyone that Russia has to cover up with ludicrous versions its weakness to untangle the Domodedovo Terror case. Certainly, somewhere on the way they pulled in the Georgian problem to further expand their stupendous investigative galore. I do not know if the Kremlin understands that this accusation is actually a compliment for the Georgian Authorities as the matter goes about organizing terror blasts in the heart of Russia. But does such a thing happen in reality? The country with a capacity to plan and accomplish such top rated terror blasts would first have taken care of itself and avoided demise in the control of a considerable part of the own territory. Interestingly, the accusation comes from a person who holds a high position in the governmental ladder but wields zero influence in the Russian politics. I believe he does not even deserve a commentary from us. Regarding the statement by Karasin, sorry but no one ever doubts who has invaded whose territory during the August war.

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