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Tbilisi does not need Victory Day2010-12-27 19:35
Georgia is again trying to cast off the USSR's "dark inheritance". The "For European Georgia" coalition of non-governmental organizations offers the people a project of the calendar reform, which is as peculiar as the very name of the organization. Members of this NGO comprising 52 public organizations are so much burdened with Georgia's Soviet past that they consider it necessary to eliminate all the holidays left of those "hard" times.
Among all, their plans include eliminating the Victory Day. As was suggested by Georgian public officers, the anniversary of getting rid of the threat of fascism should be celebrated on May 8 in the context of the pan-European celebration of the date of signing of the act of capitulation by the German government. It looks like some persons in Tbilisi really believe that the Georgians fought against the Hitlerites solely in the British, French and American troops.
The nineteen-year-old Georgia behaves like a nervous teenager, striving after the soonest identification with its northern "parent", while the country's current government is heating these sentiments. Saakashvili's regime is guided by a simple formula: the farther from Russia, the closer to the West and is trying to pay no attention to the fact that both Europe and the U.S. do not show much zeal in proving the correctness of such policy.
However, Tbilisi is still sure that getting rid of the Soviet symbolism and the destruction of memorials built in those times and other similar crazy things will boost Georgia's movement towards the united Europe. The restless NGO members suggest establishing another holiday in the country in honour of this political formation - Europe's Day, which should be celebrated instead of the Victory Day on May 9. It will enable to cave in to the western government still more and simultaneously help wipe the greatness of the anniversary of the victory over fascism out of the Georgian people's memory.
By the way, the authors of the possible calendar reform decided to mask its conspicuous political load. Besides the obviously anti-Russian message of the dates, members of movement For European Georgia declared the necessity of celebrating Muslim, Catholic and Jewish holidays at the national level. The initiative is said to be conditioned by the "ethnic and religious variety of Georgia". Still, it's quite clear they are trying to hide another provocative idea behind the allegedly good intentions.