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“Fathers and sons”: a political conflict2009-05-08 14:57
After the victory of the "rose revolution", the Georgian analysts in their contemplations over the background of the past events have discovered a conflict of "fathers and sons". A revolutionary triumvirate, Saakashvili-Burjanadze-Zhvania, comprises the followers of Grey Fox, as Eduard Shevardnadze was nicknamed. Five years later, a conflict between the grown-up followers and the tutors that have turned grey resulted in their deadly struggle.
Young politicians that have taken power brought hope to the society, which was trying to bury the Soviet past. A conflict between the grown-up followers and their grey tutors is inevitable, as was stated by the Georgian brainpower in hope that their expectations would be this time satisfied. So far, the current political confrontation has not been given any definition. However, one can say that the very brainpower, which applauded the "young reformers", is now on the other side of the barricade.
Producers, actors and scientists are occupying the ward-cages that were erected by the opposition to "decorate" the modern Tbilisi. The young politicians, amid the announced struggle with the dark past, unlit and cold accommodations, corruption and nepotism, have put businessmen to prison, evicted poets and scientists from prestigious buildings, dismissed the pensioners. Those of an older age were thrown overboard; their knowledge and experience turned out to be unwanted in Georgia. So, another conflict of the grown-up revolutionists and the intellectuals discouraged by revolutionary reforms is as inevitable as the "rose revolution".
Meanwhile, Mikhail Nikolaevitch ardently proceeds with his uncompromising struggle with the old guard. All these people accused of preparing the Mukhrovani mutiny are high-ranking militaries of the past. The only exception is Vakhtang Maisaya, another spy that has joined the ranks of disgraced mutineers and generals. He is just one of those "young reformers". Maisaya is five years younger than Saakashvili himself, who is considered to be the youngest president not only within the post-Soviet territory.
For several years running the Georgian authorities have been insisting upon the revanchists' intention to ruin Georgia. In the course of the current confrontation, the Georgian authorities, besides their standard accusations addressed to Russia, started to accuse the opposition of its connections with the disgraced Georgian politicians and businessmen: Levan Pirevli, Kibar Khalvashi, Aslan Abashidze and etc. Before the April political actions started, the authorities even hazarded a conjecture that it is Eduard Shevardnadze, who is the Father of the opposition.
Eduard Amvrosievitch himself has stated more than once that he has no intention to get back to politics. "I am a retired politician; I do not interfere in the political life of the country, I meet neither with the authorities, nor with the oppositionists", - Shevardnadze deflects the accusations. However, it is him, whom the journalists turn to for the comments on the current situation. The wisdom and far-sightedness of the former politician is obviously beyond any doubt.