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Georgia forgets “Rose” past2010-11-24 12:30
7 years ago Georgia fell under the sway of an illusion that has not cleared away yet. On November 23, 2003 a group of protesters rushed into the building of parliament to put an end to Edward Shevarnadze's regime physically. However, even seven years later the current president is not open to discuss the events that brought him to presidency or his teammates. That is why Georgia does not celebrate the Rose Revolution anniversary and Saakashvili himself is trying to flee from memories to Strasbourg.
However, speeches before European parliament deputies - the purpose of Saakashvili's visit - can't last forever, and he will have to return home. The mastermind and chief of the Rose revolution will see for himself that the enthusiasm that engulfed the country seven years ago has long been gone. It emerged unexpectedly that the Rose revolution had brought Georgia to a colorless and dull life. After all, it is not enough to overthrow the ageing president with the assistance of the army of good-minded Western supporters. Shattered economy requires restoration, corruption must be fought, contacts with neighbors settled. In reality things turned out much more complicated than storming the parliament building at the head of the crowd mad with its strength and the
sense of impunity.
Certainly, speaking in front of European deputies the protagonist of November 2003 events could not omit the subject even if he wanted to so much. He himself assesses the Rose Revolution as an event that had a crucial impact on Georgian mentality, as he confessed in his speech, pathetic as usual. "7 years ago my dear homeland underwent a peaceful revolution with hundreds of thousands of people entering parliament peacefully, without robbing a thing. It was a mental revolution. We had two paths in front of us: establishment of law and democracy or national chauvinism in Havel's or Milosevic's style, to be more precise. Only a mental revolution could change our life and our country. We made the choice that caused anger and resentment of those who clung to the past", - Mikheil Saakashvili stated.
Poor European deputies. Instead of having a nice evening at home or watching thrilling soccer matches they will have to try and forget all the nonsense Mikheil Saakashvili was feeding them. Calling today's Georgia "democratic" and "free" is like calling Hillary Clinton, an old friend of Saakashvili's, a Miss of the World. Georgian mass media, opposition and any opponents to the regime are put in such a curious position that even adult film producers don't know. So it is right to acknowledge that the Rose Revolution slogans were only a cover for the advent of a young ambitious Georgian man.
Felix Stanevsky, former Russian ambassador to Georgia, now in charge of Caucasus department at the CIS Countries Institute thinks so too believing that people are becoming more and more disillusioned with the Rose Revolution that leaves no positive emotions in people's hearts. Disillusionment is a fact beyond contestation. On the whole, today it is absolutely clear that the revolution was not organized by Georgian people. It was started by groups trained with the help of the West, primarily the USA. The revolution was similar to other post-Soviet coups of the time. Thus, country leaders don't want to celebrate the anniversary as another reminder that the protest rallies had nothing to do with wide popular masses". - Stanevsky said in an interview with GeorgiaTimes correspondent.
According to him, the Rose Revolution should better be called a coup. "Today's regime is illegitimate since it is not rooted in wide protest rallies. It was organized by small groups", - the expert adds.