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Saakashvili fixed on Singapore2011-03-16 16:46
Mikheil Saakashvili is creating a new illusion for people of Georgia. He once again tries to compare his country that he brought to a beggarly condition with one of the world's most prosperous states - Singapore. Like a magician that pronounces a secret spell, Mishiko wants to assure everyone of truthfulness of these metaphors. The trouble is that words of the Georgian leader sound falser each time.
During a recent trip to the United States the president of Georgia played his favorite tune on his "political music box". "Georgia is a democratic Singapore in our region. We are a country that must transform into the strongest developing economy in Europe under the 2015 modernization program. These are not fantasies or vain words. This is reality to be achieved with the help of current reforms", - Saakashvili said describing fabulous prospects of the republic during the meeting with representatives of the Georgian diaspora in the USA. However, there is an impression that the audience had little trust in the president's speeches.
However, Mikheil Saakashvili does not care whether the audience trusts him or not. The Georgian leader's main goal is to have his words quoted by pro-governmental mass media and correctly interpreted by "independent" experts. In this case it's not important whether Georgia will be compared with Singapore, the USA, or unknown lands of Atlantis - all will be explained and made plain. Like that, for instance: if some world ratings feature Singapore and Georgia close to each other, it means the country of the Rose Revolution must be entitled "Caucasian Singapore". As for the fact that the real state of affairs is much more pitiful than "free entrepreneurship" rating makers show - it should be neglected.
President Saakashvili's obstinate attempts to "Singaporize" his country is quite in line with the general policy of the ruling regime aimed at divesting Georgia of its national identity. The population is forced to understand that immediate "integration into the Western world" is the key benefit for the future of the republic. In reality, these slogans serve as a cover-up of the authorities' desire to please their patrons overseas.
Somehow they managed to besmear even English language learning in the country. Forceful introduction of English in the country's educational institutions causes more protest of common citizens. As well as EU flags hanging about. Citizens of Tbilisi feel like living in an occupied town with flags of the invader on the buildings.