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An eclipse in the Georgian parliament2009-08-11 17:47
The Georgian president's Russophobia that has grown sharp by the first anniversary of the August war has spread among his closest associates like an epidemic. Well, according to the conventional wisdom, like priest, like people.
It looks like the Georgian parliamentarians (those of the pro-presidential majority), inspired by a pathetic exhibition called 200 Years of the Russian Aggression, which is held these days on Rustaveli avenue, in a spasm of loyalty, suggested to announce a whole number of new holidays in Georgia. Delegate Nugzar Tsiklauri proposed to celebrate the dates related to the struggle of the republic against the Russian empire. This initiative was instantly supported by Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze.
The essential meaning of Nugzar Tsiklauri's proposition, which obviously sprang from Saakashvili's propagandistic administration, lies in making the unpredictable Georgian leader's Russophobia part of the historical context of the Georgian community.
By hook or by crook, the government is trying to make the Georgian people believe that Russia is Georgia's everlasting enemy. In fact, Saakashvili and his team started a historical revision, thus encroaching upon the memory of the great fellow-countrymen. Let us not speak about the Kartli monarchs Irakli II and Georgi XII, who had purposefully tried to obtain protection of the Russian crown in order to avoid Persia and Turkey's pressure. Let us mention only the cherished name of the great Georgian commander, Suvorov's favourite and the hero of the 1812 Patriotic war Prince Peter Bagration. Is this great son of Georgia worth being forgotten in order to please the new historic approach of Mr. Saakashvili?
At the same time, the loyal parliamentarians of the Georgian president, who dreams of turning his country into the US' 51st state, are ready to make holidays of the dates related to the refusal of several unknown Georgian princes to swear allegiance to the Russian Emperor in 1802, as well as of those related to a number of rebellions in XIX-XX centuries.
Explaining his proposal, Mr. Tsiklauri underlined that Georgia's struggle for independence, which has been allegedly endangered by Russia, started hundreds of years ago. Was it so since the Kulikovo field battle? Then, one should also mention Tsarina Tamara with her Russian husband Yuri Bogolubski. However, Nugzar and the people who have been preparing his parliamentary initiative obviously did not care to go back in history as far as that. For them, the main point was to convince the people that the current anti-Russian and, sometimes, Russophobian policy of Saakashvili's regime is only part of the "historic process".