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Deaths of Georgians are Saakashvili’s responsibility2010-08-09 12:44
A memory week dedicated to the August 2008 war has been announced in Georgia. A red poppy is suggested as a tribute to the perished in the conflict two years ago. The idea proposed by Prime Time newspaper founders in Tbilisi was supported by governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as the city council - Sakrebulo.
The public and the opposition hold current president Mikheil Saakashvili fully accountable for the events of two years ago. Nino Burdzhanadze, ex speaker of parliament, Tinatin Hidasheli, Republican party leader and Viktor Dolidze of Our Georgia-Free Democrats faction were particularly harsh in their statements believing that the war could have been avoided and accusing the Georgian president of failing to start negotiations with Sukhum and Tskhinval.
But as the saying goes Saakashvili is trying to "eat cake and have it". The "pain" he so eagerly shares with each Georgian family makes him leave for inauguration of the newly-minted president of Columbia. There is no chance of bringing back the dead while having a party in the country that conflicts with those who recognize Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence is Mikhiko's holy cause all the more so that Columbia is an expert in poppy dividends.
All those who remain in Sakartvelo are offered designer poppy brooches for symbolic 10 tetri (equal to 6.5 cents, not 1 lari - surprisingly) to set up a tradition and wear them every year in commemoration of the dead.
The fact that memory is offered for sale does not arouse many questions. But the fact that the earned money is planned to be transferred to the families of 170 soldiers perished in the August conflict does look like a blasphemy. What amount is supposed to be raised out this "beneficence"? Is the money the people will get be enough to buy an electric kettle at least?
According to Mamuka Areshidze, a Caucasus issues expert, wearing symbolic attributes on the defender of the motherland day is quite normal: