Crime for crime’s sake
02 May, 2013
Crime for crime’s sake
Was amnesty for prisoners necessary? From a political point of view, yes! From the point of view of the victims who suffered at the hands of the now free prisoners and from the point of view of the new victims (those who have managed to not get stabbed or shot, but simply robbed or kidnapped) letting dangerous criminals out is a criminal act itself. So why do it in the first place? Why not fight and release the truly ‘political
prisoners’? Why hold a nationwide amnesty for criminals without creating institutions for rehabilitation? What is a drug addict supposed to do when he/she is suddenly released back into society without any sort of help to overcome the said addiction that got him/her jailed in the first place? How can the society blame him/her, if the addict goes right back to robbing people for money to buy drugs? They cannot, they can only blame the system that hasn’t provided any social help or rehabilitation programs for newly released prisoners. So why would any political party be interested in doing such a reckless thing? Well there are a few reasons to consider.
One reason to let out thousands of dangerous criminals is to create an army that is at the mercy of the political party, or politicians, who have been responsible for the act of amnesty.  Knowing that these politicians can and will use the right to put the criminals back in jail, makes the released criminals understand that their role in the game is to do whatever the political party responsible for their freedom tells them to. Georgia did see this phenomenon before when former president Shevardnadze released criminals onto the streets and created an army of lawless gangsters to run the city. This time around, the police force isn’t quite as useless as it used to be ten years ago, so it is possible that the criminals who are let out, may organize and function as weapons of fear and intimidation, tools that Communists and Nazis, and former president of Georgia liked to use to mend the citizens to the will of the ruling party. If memory escapes the reader, or you are too young to remember, please ask a parent or look up the times when former president Shevardnadze’s right and left hands Tengiz Kitovani and Dzhaba Ioseliani ruled the streets.
By the way, I have always found it interesting just how many former art students turn to the life of crime and politics, be it as a leader of the Nazi party, or as leaders of the National Guard.  This should be a lesson to all art critics, be nice to all artists, make them think they are good at what they do – painting, sculpture, poetry and writing plays, otherwise they might one day pick up an army and come for you. (Disclaimer: I too am an art student and even worse, I am at Master’s level, so…).
Another reason to let out criminals left and right, unless they are family, former neighbors or former classmates, is to make quite a bit of money. This is likely, though it is only substantiated by rumors, and eyewitness accounts, but most of Georgian news seems to be based on rumors and hearsay. Let us remember that the number quoted in the newspapers and social media for the political prisoners in the country before the new power took over was 300,000. No one mentions the real number, which seems to have shrunk substantially. Therefore the claim of such criminal bribery is too a fair game. So again, as a political game, as a way to line pockets, and create a personal criminal army, amnesty makes perfect sense. As a conscientious move, this amnesty was irresponsible and criminal, and it wouldn’t have happened this way if people in charge cared about the safety of the population more than their power ephemeral power grab
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