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Georgians trying patriotism against each other2010-03-30 09:03
One can easily get into a mess among the variety of the Georgian political forces. Leader of Tetrebi (The White) movement Temur Shashiashvili suggested a new party classification according to the parties' loyalty to the Georgian interests. One has just got to make a definition of the notorious patriotism.
"Where is the border between the Georgian and non-Georgian interests and the Georgian and non-Georgian political powers? What requirements should the political powers meet today so that they could be called Georgian?" Leader of Tetrebi political movement Temur Shashiashvili considers these issues to be essential for Georgia today.
It is not only him who is preoccupied with the philosophic contemplations like that. Basing on this race-like theory, the government managed to split the opposition into those who are not against Zurab Nogaideli trying to mend relationship with Moscow and those who will on no account agree to cooperate with the former prime minister. The authorities and the pro-American part of the opposition believe that leader of Movement for Fair Georgia has betrayed national interests by not demanding the "de-occupation" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Russia.
Shashiashvili belongs to the third part of the Georgian opposition which cannot stand both the pro-Russian and the pro-American politicians. Besides Tetrebi, the purity of the "Georgian interests" is controlled, for instance, at the National Forum. Its leader Kakha Shartava and company refuse to cooperate with anyone. Shashiashvili does not refuse joining any alliances; however, he is obviously afraid of discovering traitors among friends.
According to Shashiashvili, one cannot determine one's loyalty to his Motherland by the name of his party, while such words as "national", "people's", "Georgia" may be found in almost all the party names.
Neither is it easy to reveal the most "Georgian of the Georgian" politicians judging by the slogans. "Today, everyone who is involved in politics in Georgia, old and young, from the authorities to the opposition, are shouting loudly that they are doing good to Georgia, - Shashiashvili underlines. - Even the ruling party calls itself a "national" movement, although its founders have not got the Georgian mentality; they are the old and young members of the Freedom Institute.
Moreover, according to the politician, the very notion of patriotism needs to be specified, for today this word "is used to name everything: famine, treachery, slavery, idolatry, launching a war and losing it".