It is too painful to read and see Russian air strikes at Georgia or tanks on the ground… But it is impossible for me to sympathise with Georgia’s state level militaristic-nationalistic stance towards Ossetia… It is impossible to sympathise with Georgia’s not infrequent discriminatory policies towards ethnic minorities, including Armenians. At the end of the day, some may say this is not really about Ossetia or Georgia, it’s about USA and Russia. While international politics play key roles in escalating the conflict, there are some essential local issues and responsibilities which Georgian authorities prefer us not to notice.
Last year when president Saakashvili ordered violent dispersal of peaceful protesters in Tbilisi, I wrote about the end of Saakashvili’s fairy tale (People under attack: the real face of Georgian ‘democracy’.) I believed back then that Georgians would not forgive him, although now he may become a kind of national hero fighting Russians... There is no way, I wrote, that Georgia will have future with this guy. (If you need any additional proof, have a look at Saakashvili’s interview with the CNN)
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