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Georgia’s occupation day2011-02-28 18:59
For the first time Georgia proclaims the Day of Soviet Occupation on February 25, 2011. Indeed, it looks like a gloomy day for the country. Firstly, it would be more correct to call it the Day of Black Ingratitude of Georgian leaders. Secondly, not all citizens have been brainwashed and while the authorities are trying to get away from "the confounded Soviet past" renaming streets being unable to do anything more significant, those who have not been fooled by official propaganda, recall bygone days of prosperity.
Idiocy of the term "Soviet occupation" is obvious. One might think that the monolith Soviet Union devoured small Georgia by invading it. Does that mean that all post-Soviet republics must wail about "occupation" referring to the period of time when they all recognized the authority of the USSR? Does that mean that present-day Russia was "under the yoke" too?
Georgia could have learned the lesson of Moldavia that made an attempt to "force" the "Day of Soviet occupation" last year. The idea of an "anarchy day" died without seeing the light causing a split in political circles and leaving common people utterly bewildered. Yet, Georgia prefers stepping on the same rake on its own. Saakashvili had better stop teasing people's memory: if Georgians do decide to recall "a difficult Soviet past" to damn it, they might start dreaming of "good old times" instead.
"How do Georgians call a 100-ruble note? - A Georgian ruble!" "Vano, aren't you ashamed of driving a Zaparozhets? You dishonor Georgia, don't you see?! - Leave me alone, I'm poor". A Georgian student writes a letter from Moscow to Tbilisi: "Dad, all guys here come to university by bus and I have to drive a Volga like a fool!" - "Here is the money, Gogi, buy yourself a bus and be like others".
These old Soviet anecdotes sound bitter now. Besides, no one wants to tell them. The richest, most prosperous, most fortunate and smiling republic of the former Soviet Union can't afford joking like this. Georgians think it strange that their country used to be a kind of Soviet "paradise". It was a sunlit republic that always received "a bit more than others" for its special "holiday" location because Soviet authorities were building a real Eden for holiday makers in its territory; because for the northern republic Georgia was a world of sun and warmth, a warming dream, the land of tangerines, wine and "Suliko".
For a warm sea, southern beaches, and cordiality of Georgians the Soviet Union gave this small republic a vast market to sell wine and fruits generously paying back while other countries were paid a misery and turning a blind eye on cunning Oriental ways of doing "business".
The highest per-capita car ownership in the Soviet Union! Solid stone homes! Life on a grand scale! Oh, damned USSR! Oh, damned occupants! How dared they establish their order on February 25, 1921 dragging the country's backward agriculture to "best performers"?
Georgian leaders must be real schizos to introduce the Day of Soviet Occupation with one hand and write Saakashvili's endless speeches on lost territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia with the other. Why do Georgian leaders have a contracted memory? It was Josef Stalin whose monument was recently demolished in Gori, who added these lands to the republic. One might recall a joke that it's not right to wear an underwear cross and demonstrate explicit signs of Jewish circumcision.