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U.S. marines teaching rules of conduct in Kabul to the Georgians2009-11-11 18:35
A story with the fight, or rather, the U.S. marines beating the two Georgian youths, which has been much talked about in the media, has got an unexpected continuation.
Oh no, we are not going to tell you about the bloody revenge of the hot Georgian guys, which was the only way to wipe out the disgrace of public humiliation. This time, it was the Georgian press that became the object of humiliation. The press is supposed to serve the primary interests of the Georgian state, or, to be more precise, of the Georgian president, for just like the French king Louis the Fourteenth, Mikhail Saakashvili has long since decided that "the state is me".
Thus, instead of keeping silent or leaving aside the shameful incident near the Tbilisian hotel of Varazi, periodical Kviris Palitra (Palette of the Week) appealed to the American military men, who are supposed to train the Georgian soldiers, to respect the Georgian laws.
"You have the immunity but you must respect our country", - this is the title of an article published by Kviris Palitra. The periodical reminds of the last week incident, when three drunken American soldiers beat two Georgians. According to Palette of the Week, there had been a similar incident in Poti where the American marines accosted the waitresses in a Georgian restaurant, which resulted in a fight.
According to the contract, the American servicemen are defended by diplomatic immunity and cannot be prosecuted under the Georgian law. However, there is a standard international practice: a foreigner that has violated the laws of the host county is announced "persona non grata" with further expulsion from the country. However, the Georgian MFA suggested that the incident that occurred in the center of Tbilisi should not be politicized considering the fact that it happened on domestic grounds.
Thus, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze stated upon the fight between the American servicemen and the Georgian citizens: "I do not think the incident requires diplomatic interference. Unfortunately, people do quarrel sometimes, especially in their non-working hours... Should the allied country provide information and demand certain reaction from us we will interfere within the limits of our reference; still, I do not think it will grow into a scandal".
American diplomats naturally avoided interfering into the scandal. They do not want to make public another drunken trick of their marines who generally make a scandal wherever they are.