Georgia, Russia and West
07 March, 2013
Georgia, Russia and West
An individual is tending in life to accomplish something. So does the country. In order to be successful as a country, Georgia has to behave in the most sensible manner, which in fact is not possible without realizing its status. There are numerous problems Georgia and Georgians face but the greatest problem of all is that we see no farther than social problems, failing to get the whole picture of the situation we are in.
A couple of weeks ago
I came across an interesting interview by Edward Lucas, the international editor of The Economist with Donald Rayfield, author of new history of Georgia. They mainly discussed relationships of Georgia with Russia and with the West. Do not expect to read something you have never heard of but maybe the truth heard from others will have better effect.
Historically speaking, Georgians have always looked forward to contacts with western countries, as if they were willing to assist us against enemies. Those enemies during the history have been Arabs, Persians, Turks, Mongols and even Russians. The West has never rescued Georgia from any of these rivals. It should have always been obvious that no country was going to spoil economic ties with powerful empires. The history often repeats itself and we find ourselves in the same situation. Centuries ago the Georgian kings looked forward to the closeness with the west, writing letters to dozens of different popes and potentates. We have not gone too far from those times. The best example of this might be our hopes for the NATO MAP (Membership Action Plan), or a chance to get into EU. We again fail to understand that the western visitors who promise much in a subtle and careful language are not prepared to actually go to war for us or waste money on us.
Another important thing that Mr. Rayfield talks about is Russia. He doubts that Russia does not really need Georgia back into her old caboodle and a new shebang for a couple of reasons. First - it has already got what it wanted, which is an extremely valuable coastline, and second – Russia has got enough problems with the rest of Caucasus. Georgian attitude towards Russia is complicated. It is a dislike for the Russian government rather than towards Russians. Donald Rayfield says that Georgians cannot understand that Abkhazia has been lost. He assumes that it may turn out for us successfully, using the example of Hungary, which was better off after losing large part of it.
These are topics, which are discussed during the interview. This is a reality. These are the problems every small country faces and the only solution for them is to assess the situation adequately. What Georgians are not supposed to do is to wait; we have to learn how to solve our problems on our own.
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