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Weathervane for Svoboda Radio2009-05-15 10:01
"Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch", - US President Eisenhauer once said about a small and rude dictator of Nicaragua, General Somoza senior (the same words were repeated by James Carter about Somoza junior later). Today the assignment of this "title" to certain persons by leading Western countries guarantees retention of power. American standards imply preservation of these "persons of title" in various parts of the globe.
Georgia might not be a Latin American dictatorship though dictatorial manners of its leader are not obvious only to the blind. To preserve his leadership he has to trim the sails to the wind. But when a person is ready to change his point of view relying on other opinions and putting them above his own opinion people around him start calling him "a weathervane".
The world got used to the Georgian president's inconsistency in words and deeds long ago. But lately this inconsistency has become too weathervane-like being too sensitive to the direction of the wind from abroad (in our case from the Svoboda Radio broadcasting studio).
Here are a few examples of Mikheil Nikolaevich's sensitive reaction to the opinions of politologists speaking on Svoboda Radio.
This is a comment made by David Satter, an American politologist, former Financial Times Moscow correspondent on the notorious rebellion of the Mukhrovani tank battalion: "It is safe to say the events were caused by Russia's pressure on Georgia and Moscow's desire to hamper rapprochement between Georgia and NATO at all costs". He made a deliberate reservation: "Surely it is not impossible that the attempt of rebellion was spontaneous as an accidental display of emotions but still it is more probable that the rebels were supported by Russia, otherwise such an idea of a relatively small unit would have been doomed". He summed up in the end: "This version is in line with general policy Russia sticks to cancelling the ministerial meeting of the NATO-Russia Council as a protest against the maneuvers".
Right after that speaking to the journalists the Georgian president called the mutiny "Russia's provocation" on the eve of two crucial events - NATO exercises and the EU summit in Prague with the Eastern Partnership scheme to be adopted there.