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A way to understanding by Gocha Dzasokhov2009-04-09 15:46
The attitude to Georgian president is controversial: some people highly appreciate Mikheil Saakashvili's abilities to come out clean; others are disillusioned and look forward to the end of his rule. But the conclusion is this: the youngest president in the post-Soviet space has a unique ability to turn his friends into enemies, his supporters into opponents. General Lieutenant Gocha Dzasokhov, a young politician and businessman, joined the ranks of regime opponents following August events. Yesterday at the meeting in celebrated Delovaya Sreda journalist club he told about what is going on in Tbilisi and where it all can lead.
The businessman of Ossetian origin who had left Georgia for political reasons treated journalists to Georgian wine (God knows how it reached the capital), khachapuri and Ossetian pies. A real Georgian feast in keeping with best traditions.
The political refugee did not conceal his homesickness, nostalgia for his friends and relatives who remain in Tbilisi as well as his hopes for changes. This is why already in Moscow Gocha Dzasokhov established a political association "Assembly of peoples of Georgia".
It should be acknowledged that over the recent years this is the first organization on Georgian political arena intended to unite people not by nationality but by origin. In good old times in Georgia there was a concept of "Tbilisian", i.e. no matter what nationality you are the main thing is your attitude to friends, neighbors and the world on the whole. After endless cataclysms Georgia has had to overcome over the past 20 years, Tbilisians went away to all corners of the world. So Gocha Dzasokhov is going to unite all these Russians, Armenians, Greeks, Azerbaijani and certainly Georgians in his organization.
"You must agree that say a Greek that has been living in Athens for a decade and has established his business can do more for the country he was born in, i.e. for Georgia, than a pure-blood Georgian like Prime Minister who fled after being beaten by Mishiko, - this is how Gocha Dzasokhov explains the idea of internationalism in his organization. - There are lots of examples when non-Georgians displayed patriotism and civil position towards Georgia". When nationalism is gone Georgia will start to recover, he sums up.
Saakashvili for him is a person trying to ruin best traditions - not only in Georgian-Russian relations but also related to the honor code. Dzasokhov believes that Saakashvili is a guy who grew up in Tbilisi but failed to become a real Tbilisian. The mentality of this city is alien to him. He wants to destroy, seize, kill anybody who preserves independence of mind. Look how many political emigrants from Georgia there are now - Kibar Khalvashi, Levan Pirveli, Andriadze...Saakashvili seized businesses from all these people and they were forced to leave though many could have done their bit to the country development.
To the question of a journalist about who initiated hostilities in South Ossetia Dzasokhov replies: in the West there were those who categorically opposed the war and others who solicited to try. "Saakashvili followed their advice and took the final decision", - Dzasokhov asserts confirming that Order Nr. 2 is not a Federal Security Service of Russia invention. However Dzasokhov cannot give an unambiguous evaluation of the August events. He believes that all - Ossetians, Georgians and Russians - were affected.
"But we all need to keep living close to each other, no jet will come to take us away to America or France, our children will live as neighbors so we have to settle relations", - he says.