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Saakashvili casting “concrete” promises2009-03-13 12:23
While the Georgian opposition is collecting signatures for Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation the president keeps distributing promises. On March 11 he told about prompt army upgrade which will "concrete" Georgian statehood. He was generous to give other promises too.
"Now we are passing to a completely new stage of military cooperation with the most successful armies of the world, - Saakashvili is quoted by Rosbalt. - If before Georgia was simply preparing for peacekeeping operations, that is for virtually police functions, now the Georgian army will be ready to preserve peace in Georgia. It is not war preparations, but war prevention, so that nobody could bring disorder". According to him the Georgian army is in a hurry to get prepared being assisted by foreign countries. "Our country will be ready to defend its country, economy and Georgia's statehood will be completely reinforced", - he concluded.
A question leaps to mind: what is the president's objective paying so much attention to "express preparation of the army"? There are two assumptions: either he fears an unexpected attack from the outside or he is trying to forestall the opposition getting ready to "the disorder" mentioned above.
The first option is naturally out of question as last week Saakashvili was saying: "We exclude a new military adventure on the part of Russia but we must be cautious". Hardly would the president imply prompt army upgrade as "cautiousness".
No doubt the second variant is much more likely. This is confirmed by shifts in the Defense ministry: the dismissal of Commander of Land Forces Zurab Agladze and Armed Forces United Staff Chief Vladimir Chachibaya. In the light of recent events Saakashvili's words that "Georgia needs peace" start acquiring new shades of meaning. The president calls for peace inside the country and wants it "promptly".
This logic is supported by the president's another promise that there would be democracy and freedom in the country as in Europe or even better. The last phrase sounds comic as the president decided not to explain what "even better" means. Maybe it is peace at all costs? At the cost of dispersed protest actions and total army control over the society?
"The fortress can be destroyed only from the inside, - Saakashvili says. - That's why betrayal is impermissible, and if we stick together no one will conquer us".
Apparently Alasania, Burdzhanadze and Natelasivhili - all leading oppositionists calling on the Georgian people to get united and demand president's resignation - are supposed to be "traitors".