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Credulous nestlings of the Georgian democracy2010-02-07 16:25
The Americans are again feeding the Georgian opposition with promises. It looks like the US Assistant Secretaries James Steinberg and Philip Gordon have visited Georgia in person with the only purpose of calming down Mikhail Saakashvili's opponents in advance of the protest actions that were promised to be held in spring. Some of the oppositionists rejoiced the gifts to be spent on the development of the democratic institutes. However, there are those who do not conceal being dissatisfied with their friendship with the USA.
They say that the August 2008 war started because Georgia turned its back to the forest and its front to NATO, which, in its turn, happened because in the 90s, Russia turned away from the brotherly country and did not provide it with any material help. People starved, hid themselves from bandits and were anger with Moscow. In the Soviet years, Georgia produced 2 percent of the country's GDP, consuming 5 percent, and then poverty came. There were no limits to the Georgians' offence.
The Americans seemed to learn the lessons of the Georgian history and, despite the crisis and their own problems with the hugest budget deficit in the world, keep sponsoring the Georgian government, army, media and NGO. This is specified in the Strategic Partnership Charter signed last January, not long before Barack Obama's official assumption of the presidential office. Specific figures of the US' assistance are fixed as necessary.
Several days ago, it became known about the allocation of a new tranche of 1 billion dollars. Details were promised to be given during the visit of Hillary Clinton's assistants. It turned out that part of the money will be spent on developing the democratic institutes. This was reported by leader of the Christian Democrats Givi Targamadze after the meeting between the opposition and James Steinberg and Philip Gordon.
By the way, the Assistant Secretaries met both with the president and the government representatives. However, those were formal negotiations. Steinberg thanked Mikhail Saakashvili for his soldiers' participation in the operation in Afghanistan. He stressed being glad to visit the strategic partner of the country and supported Georgia's "democratic line".
In response, Saakashvili remembered Hillary Clinton's words, who, in her turn, repeated the words of Barack Obama who said that there should be no areas of influence in the world any longer. (Leaving pathetics aside, it means that the influence is not to be conquered; it is to be bought now).
The head of the state also thanked the American party for the financial assistance.
"This is a bright example of supporting the democratic reforms. I would like to specially thank you for this new economical package which implies helping the refugee settlements", - Saakashvili underlined.
After the last year protest actions, the foreign guests made it a rule to meet not only with the authorities but with their opponents as well. This time, Steinberg, Gordon and the oppositionists discussed even the issues of Georgia's safety and the threats coming from Russia. However, the democratic transformations were the main point of discussion.