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Mikheil Saakashvili’s Revelations over Modern History2009-06-04 15:53
Mikheil Saakashvili is very fond of answering questions of the Western journalists especially when they are in tune with the Georgian leader's mood and allow him to manifest his adherence to Euro-Atlantic values. Two months of the opposition's scrappy hanging about Freedom Square of Tbilisi have bred public mistrust in its political potential in the West. Another irritating factor for the Western politicians was the last Sunday's election in South Ossetia.
It's time to take out a shabby pack of marked cards the Georgian ruling elite has been using to make amends for its shameful military adventure that ruined hundreds of people's lives.
It is not accidental that Anna Leonidova, Voice of America Russian Service correspondent decided to address the president of Georgia starting with the question how serious the risks "emanating from within" the country were serious for the authorities.
Apparently the VOA correspondent expected to hear an account of the political situation in Georgia at the least. But instead of this Mikheil Nikolaevich started his old song about the main thing. He repeated his hoary thesis that "Georgia is in the forefront of an important ideological struggle. The issue whether such a small country as ours that shares Western principles of democracy and respect for human rights will be able to defend its independence and reserve the right to choose allies is at stake".
Then came Mr. Saakashvili's revelation that (as it turns out) over the recent years "people of Georgia have done extraordinarily difficult work of liberation from the dark age of enslavement: first by the Soviet empire, then by their own failed corrupted epoch after the acquisition of independence".
I can't really comment on how successfully Mikheil Saakashvili's struggle against corruption has been over the recent 5 years but when he was Minister of Justice he had serious disagreements with then president of Georgia Edward Shevarnadze on various corruption scandals involving people of the current president's immediate environment.
Every time it's mentioned by the Georgian media the president repeatedly reminds his predecessor Edward Shevarnadze to refrain from teaching him to avoid problems.
According to Saakashvili, over the years of Shevarnadze's rule everything was destroyed and ruined in Georgia.
"If something was left after the Soviet epoch including factories all was devastated and sold out", - Saakashvili stated.