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European oratorio to Avlabari zurna2009-09-23 12:15
When people get used to being famous the "ex" status is hard for them. And what can help them to break out of oblivion in our rapidly changing world? Involvement in a scandalous action or signature on a letter to the high and mighties that are again expected to rescue humankind.
"Again" was a figure of speech though indeed the president of a Transcaucasian republic showed that to put the world on the verge of war was like eating a cake. And some ex political figures in Eastern Europe that were brought to fame by Gorbachev's perestroika and some intellectuals from Western Europe that became masters of mind due to their love for left-wing verbosities, suddenly decided to defend this president.
It's easy to understand them. Both fame and control of minds are transient. And there is a great desire to be in demand again.
This is when an open letter to the European Union on support for Georgia striving to return the breakaway autonomies that had paid for the right to be free from the dragon with the blood of their people appears.
Whereas the EU fact-finding commission on the conflict in South Ossetia in 2008 virtually confirmed that Georgia had initiated the war the newly sprung advocates of the dragon's interests write in their address that "the critical question is to determine which country invaded the other, rather than which soldier shot the first bullet".
When the Georgian president was attacking South Ossetia with Russian peacekeepers in it these ex politicians and ex intellectuals kept silent. But hardly had Russia forced Georgian Napoleon to peace when these roarers started hollering that "the failure of western democracies to respond to the dismemberment of a friendly nation can have very serious global consequences".
Among the authors of the letter are Václav Havel, Valdas Adamkus, Mart Laar, Vytautas Landsbergis, Otto de Habsbourg, Daniel Cohn Bendit, André Glucksmann, Adam Michnik who explicitly state that the demarche was imposed by the desire to whitewash Tbilisi Herostratos in the run-up of Tagliavini's commission report promulgation.
"As the commission set up by the European Union and headed by Heidi Tagliavini prepares to publish its report on the causes of the Russian-Georgian war, we call on all Europeans to remember the painful lessons of our recent past", - the letter authors write.