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Tokyo asks for money, Tbilisi offers love2011-03-23 21:47
Japan is still in a desperate battle to overcome disastrous consequences of the earthquake provoked by a new tsunami. Georgia decides to contribute to the rescue effort. Deputy FM Nino Kalandadze reports that Georgia will send its rescuers and humanitarian aid to Japan. Yet, the Japanese representation in Tbilisi asked to provide money aid only. Japan can't receive extreme "tourists" when hundreds of thousands of country citizens are staying in the open air under radioactive rain.
After the start of the devastating earthquake in Japan, Georgian government expressed its condolences to the people of Japan and readiness to provide any help within its powers. Nino Kalandadze presented a detailed story about a group of 40 Georgian rescuers sitting on suitcases waiting for the signal to go to the epicenter of disaster. Their eagerness is not only a desire to go on an extreme tour around the radiation affected zone (as we know, earth shocks catalyzed explosion of Fukusima 1 nuclear power plant reactor). Another explanation is big financial inflows into Georgian economy struck by a recession after the conflict in August 2008.
"This nation understands us and supports us in everything. That is why now in the face of this great tragedy we can't be indifferent. This is a very talented nation that makes a serious contribution to global civilization, and this is Georgia's good friend that needs help, solidarity and support", - president Mikheil Saakashvili remarked.
AIR Worldwide, an international consulting company, estimates USD 35 billion as Japan's earthquake damage. Certainly, there is no time to look a gift horse in the mouth with such a colossal damage. Presently, a rescuers' camp near Sendai town hosts representatives from the US, Taiwan, Portugal, Croatia, Gabon and Rwanda. Despite territorial disputes over the Kuril Islands, the Japanese authorities submitted an official call for help. Nearly 80 EMERCOM specialists are working in Fukushima prefecture at the moment.
No wonder, Georgia wants to take part in global rescue effort in Japan. However, Japan's reply to a proposal to help with human resources was a polite refusal - there is no room for Georgian supermen. Yet, Japan will be happy to accept pure drinking water and money for restoration of destroyed towns. Red Cross subsidiary in South Korea has already submitted nearly USD 1 million promising to continue to provide financial support. Vietnam and the USA have transferred material aid too.
Only Georgia that wants to join the team of supporters is as poor as a church bat annually dragging millions out of donors' pockets to waste them. Even a new loan, taken in support of aggrieved Japan, will not be a financial aid of an independent democratic state.
But Georgian rulers don't react to this kind of nonsense - they are immune. Why take pains and pay money, when even a good word can be enough. As we know, a word warmly said gives comfort even to a cat. "We, Georgians, can do our best to help people in stress, to receive them, to comfort and help physically, morally and spiritually, since the best help at the time of such a catastrophe is love and support", - vice speaker of Georgian parliament Rusudan Kervalishvili said.
In fact, Sakartvelo does have a real chance to get closer to the Japanese nation in the direct sense of the word. Struggle against Russia rich in huge deposits of energy resources made Saakashvili to come up with a "bright" idea to build a nuclear power plant. While Asia and Europe want to stop using the "peaceful" atom, stopping energy blocks and winding up relevant programs, the Georgian leader is eager to join the "nuclear club".