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Georgia flying to arms2010-07-01 12:26
Who said the East was tricky? Perhaps, that is true in respect of personalities but if we take the category of State there is no easier task than tracking down its actions and nearest steps. Georgia is no exception and its behavior in the international arena bodes no good. The minds of Georgia's current politicians seem to be preoccupied with the number-one idea of having revenge, no matter the price or means.
The amount of Georgia's aggregate foreign debt and credits taken on security of the state is $3,448 bln. Georgia might be put up for sale: it will hardly ever pay a huge debt like that. The country will go bankrupt!
Average monthly per capita income is 146,4 laris (about 75 dollars), while employees' average monthly salary is 568,7 laris. The income received by 31% of population is below subsistence line. The ratio of income of the richest 10% to the income of the poorest 10% of people is 16,1. According to official data, the unemployment level amounts to 16,9 % among the entire population, 28,8 % among town population and 29,6 % among the population of Tbilisi. In the last seven years, 50,4 % of Georgian citizens lost their job. Considering the economical environment, it would be total nonsense to take any active steps.
However, one has to do justice to the Georgian authorities. They have made proper conclusions after the last military and political adventure. Rough force should be supported both ideologically and politically, which is exactly the matter of their today's concern.
It no longer matters who started killing people and who defended whom. The main point is that Russia has occupied Georgian territories. Well, that is a truly nice beginning for a war, the more so, as both the US and Europe are ready to support Georgia. Indeed, would it be reasonable for them to manage Russia with their own hands?
The fact is confirmed by the recent meeting of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Georgian Vice Prime Minister and State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili in Paris with the participation of representatives from EU, UN and other international organizations. The participants considered the "Involvement by way of cooperation" state strategy concerning the occupied territories, which had been adopted by Georgian government. According to the report provided by French Embassy, "the participants of the meeting hope that the plan of actions and the specified projects will be initiated in the nearest future". It is notable, though, that no one is interested in the opinion of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as if they never existed!
However, the problems of Georgia are not Europe's primary concern. Paris never turned a hair when Yugoslavia was torn to pieces. Still, Tbilisi is the U.S.' trump card in establishing geopolitical influence in the region: it is obedient, adequate, aggressive and poor, which is most important. Just the right people to be taken with one's bare hands; and it would be even better if they had weapon.
The United States have succeeded in implementing their programs: for instance, the Stability Maintenance Operation Program that has been realized since 2005 accounts for 60 mln dollars. Besides, the U.S. provide free assistance in the context of the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military Education and Training (IMET) programs.
According to certain appraisals, the assistance provided by Americans to Georgia during the last 12 years, including military assistance, amounted to $1,3 bln.