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The lost Georgia: president raving of empire

2011-08-11 14:59

The lost Georgia: president raving of empire. 20715.jpegThe policy of Mikhail Saakashvili's first years of rule practically turned Georgia into United States' vassal in the Caucasus. But Uncle Sam set his dog Mishiko at Russia to predictably betray him when things got really tough. Taken aback by Moscow's instant reaction to his adventure in Tskhinval and the fact that Washington patrons cast him loose, the puppet despot started hastily looking for new friends, though his geopolitical running-about has very little to do with his country's interests - as usual.


When Saakashvili's Euro-Atlantic policy got crashed and NATO countries made it abundantly clear that they are not eager to see the Georgian political adventurer in their ranks, the wretched commander decided to try his luck within a closer distance and started "building bridges" with neighbours. The forced foreign-policy reorientation after August 2008 generally met the Georgian people's interests but on the other hand, Tbilisi is definitely perceived as a distributor of American influence in the Caucasian region and near-border countries. Actually, Washington politicians are not welcomed in the region except by Saakashvili and his team. Even Turkey, being a member of North-Atlantic Alliance, has profoundly reconsidered its geopolitical priorities when the moderately

Islamic Party of Justice and Development came to power. Many-year fruitless attempts to enter in the European Union and the growing disagreement with the U.S.' chief ally in the region, Israel, also contributed to giving up pro-western orientation.

The urgent process of building up relationship with neighbours returned in the guise of a series of fanciful initiatives that were gainful to anyone but the Georgians.

Cancellation of a visa regime with Turkey could be explained by the desire to enhance cooperation with the regional economic leader but the same step in respect of the theocratic Iran looks doubtful. The Georgian politicians' assertions that the measure is aimed at increasing the flow of Iranian tourists may only be taken as a bad joke. Simultaneously, Tbilisi cancelled entrance visas for the mostly Islamic Russian North Caucasus and prefers to characterize relationship with Azerbaijan as "confederacy". There is a strong impression that, being disappointed in the United States as the main counterweight to Russia in the Caucasus, Saakashvili decided to place his stаke on a wide Islamic front, hoping to set it at Moscow. No doubt both Ankara and Teheran that have been competing for dominance in the Caucasus for centuries will gladly make use of Tbilisi politicians' services. The question is: what kind of role will Orthodox Georgia play in this Muslim alliance? It makes no difference to Saakashvili seized by obsessive Russophobia in whose political games - American, Turkish or Iranian - to make a small coin of his own nation. It doesn't matter for him who to make friends with but it's important against whom. The Georgians have already experienced the outcome of this "friendship" in August 2008.

Tbilisi dictator raving about Pan-Caucasian confederacy obviously flatters himself that in case his fantasies come true, the Georgians and he personally as the inspirer of a trans-national formation will take up the leading position there. Accusing Moscow if imperial policy, Saakashvili is dreaming of his own empire, which fact is perfectly clear to the Abkhaz and South-Ossetians who came out for their own independence arms in hand. There will be no peace and prosperity in Transcaucasia until Tbilisi gives up its neo-imperialistic policy.

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