Discrediting personalities is easier than discrediting ideas that are associated with these personalities. Mr. Ames would not be interested in President Saakashvili’s achievements and how this president turned a corrupt and failing state into a blossoming democracy in just about four years. Incidentally, the “opposition leaders” never protested against the grieving state of Georgia in the nineties.
I advise Mr. Ames to ask them about the silence when next he talks to them. I will also advise the author to look deeper into the reasons Mr. Usupashvili’s party could not get enough votes to make it into Parliament. Mr. Ames may discover embarrassing facts about some of the leading figures in Mr. Usupashvili’s party. Then we’ll talk not about a pro-American but a very much pro-Russian party. The people usually make right choices, no matter how politicians label them. Why didn’t Mr. Ames talk to Georgian intellectuals, or to the opposition, who are currently successfully working for their country in the Parliament? As for Ms. Burjanadze and the rest of the respondents, this is the voice of disappointed politicians feeling neglected and mistreated. Mr. Ames can find such respondents everywhere in the United States as well. In Georgia, not many people have heard about Ms. Kochladze. Believe me, her opinion will be interesting just for this article to help Mr. Ames push his own political agenda.
No matter what the agenda, though, the facts should not be distorted. Russia’s crushing defeat was not just of US-backed Georgia but of a sovereign and independent state with Western aspirations and hopes for a more civilized coexistence with the rest of the world. Nobody wants war. Mr. Ames should have looked deeper into the matter to see whose interests this war served--who gained from the current situation and who has gloated at the misfortune.
As for the Americans, some of them have not heard of Atlanta, Georgia, let alone an ancient country in the Caucasus.
Sep 24 2008 - 10:05am