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Scolded for traditional orientation2010-02-09 17:48
Once again, pro-Russian politicians in Georgia are proclaimed traitors. The first one to be scolded was Zurab Nogaideli arriving in Moscow today on a three-day visit. The "northward orientation" is considered a crime by the nationalistic democrats. Still US envoys like James Steinberg are greeted with obsequious servility. Shuttle diplomacy is gathering pace.
It was long ago that the USA declared their friendship with Georgia. But "thanks" to the States the country ruined relations with Russia, ventured an a priori losing war in South Ossetia and finally was stripped of two republics.
Some time ago Russia switched over to the language of ultimatums with Georgia, then it got involved in a disadvantageous conflict and was compelled to recognize independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The States gave guarantees that led to nothing but harm. Russia had warned Georgia and was tough resolving the dilemma in August 2008.
After the war the USA again offer prospects of economic and political assistance though this intervention only makes mischief in democratic changes in Georgia.
Russia promises nothing but many people acknowledge that the keys to stabilization with lost territories of Georgia are there.
Considering all that the westward orientation for Georgian authorities is still the only right way while the northward direction (no matter how traditional it is for Georgians) is almost perversion.
Today young nationalist democrats (NB: not the dominant party!) promulgated "the list of traitors". They think that the name of Zurab Nogaideli, Movement for Fair Georgia leader, must stand next to Sergo Ordzhonikidze and Fillipe Makharadze who were heading up Bolsheviks in Georgia.
Nationalist democrats believe that all politicians opposing NATO integration and "serving Russia under the cover of neutrality" are traitors. Among them are organizers of primaries - Koba Davitashvili, Zviad Dzidziguri, Kakha Kukava. The Nationalist democrats assert that NATO integration is crucial for Georgia while northward orientation will lead to the loss of independence.
Via Akaki Minashvili, chairman of external relations committee, the parliamentary majority approved of the "list of traitors".