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Mishiko seeks family2011-12-09 11:36
Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili states that Georgia has no other choice but to follow the European path of development. Does that mean that a most severe crisis and complete disarray are in store for poor Sakartvelo?
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili is a miserable orphan. This is the impression he makes begging for a hundredth time that Europe admit him and his country in the "family". Looks like today's Georgia is an orphanage filled with castaway citizens while their well-off parents, brothers and sisters are prospering somewhere in the West.
For Georgia Europe is a family that we have been aspiring to as one of its most ancient nations", - Saakashvili stated in his speech at the 20th congress of the European People's Party in Marseilles. The trouble is that the West does not quite share Mishiko's cousinly impulses and is reluctant to take the Georgian president for a real European. Certainly, representatives of "new democracies" are ready to caress him. Yet, they look more like foundlings themselves, not Europe's lawful children. What Saakashvili seeks is to join the dignified European community as an equal.
Georgia must go westward - the president sees no alternative. And it's a pity he does not. It is the worst thing for a statesman to be obsessed with one idea and see no other option. Is it wise to put all eggs in one basket without a handle and a with holed bottom? Saakashvili obstinately pursues the idea to become part of Europe and does not seem to be embarrassed by the fact that he is not wanted, that the West is now in a deep crisis and that it does not want a new poor democracy right now.
However, Saakashvili believes Europe will make it and solve all issues. "Europe will find a way out of the crisis. We won't join in the Eurasian Union as offered since it's the past. We know what the USSR is, we lived there. Now there is an attempt to revive it", - he said to reassure the West. Good that he did not teach those present how to overcome financial problems: Mishiko is so fond of teaching. He is like an author whose book sales are failing and he post huge articles on "how to become a popular author" in his blog.
Naturally, Saakashvili is not invited to the Eurasian Union. He won't be admitted even if he begs to. However, it's a well-known technique: to proudly reject what you won't be given a priori. Sometimes it helps to save face. Not in this case, of course.