No more Natsarkekia’s land17.10.2011 | 22:38
Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili keeps pleasing mass media with his ambiguous phrases. Opening a tutorial, scientific and expert laboratory at the Technical University, head of Sakartvelo promised more progress in economy and development assuring that until now Georgia was the land Natsarkekia, a Georgian folklore hero who never rose from his bed. Now, Saakashvili is sure, the time for "real deeds" has come. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed the political background of Saakashvili's metaphors with parliamentarian Petre Mamradze.
Mikheil Saakashvili's love for all sorts of metaphors has long been known. From time to time the Georgian leader shocks journalists forcing them to decipher his tricky messages.
Yesterday was not an exception. Saakashvili attended the opening ceremony of a tutorial, scientific and expert laboratory at the Technical university of Georgia. Research centers are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and materials necessary for studies in construction industry. Mishiko was so impressed by the sight that his next phrase was a statement that Georgia has huge potential in the building industry. He added: "Up to now we were the country of Natsarkekia (a Georgian folklore character who conquered a villain doing nothing but just sitting at a fire - ed), now, however, it's time for real deeds".
According to Saakashvili, alongside with progress in economy and construction business, there are two ways. "The first is when you have a lot of oil and gas and can do nothing, and the second is when you have nothing and have to learn all the time, invent and construct for others, - he said. - We must stick to the second way, for the first option inevitably will stop national development". Certainly, he did not miss a chance to spite Moscow saying that Georgia will continue to make progress, while Russia is addicted to oil and totally corrupt with all riches divided between a bunch of people.
There is nothing to say about Georgia's style to distribute financial flows of huge foreign tranches. Even USD 6 billion aid to refugees ended up inside pockets of officials in the president's inner circle - interior minister Vano Merabishvili, minister for refugees and resettlement Koba Subeliani, Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava and others. Dying enterprises of the republic will soon be sold to foreign money-bags as payment for external debts. Economy is in decay. Knowing all that, Saakashvili, the country's main "money addict", speaks about addiction and his country's growth.
It is also curious that a year earlier Mishiko did not want to make connection between Georgia and Natsarkekia. He told about it in the Russian context (again) rewarding counterintelligence officers who took part in the operation of "exposure of a spy network of the country that occupied Georgia". "This is a real monster fighting with us, but like dev-giant it is not invincible. I don't want to compare myself with Natsarkekia, but with our quicksightedness were are able to conquer this villain', - Saakashvili, the story-teller, remarked.
Now the president of Georgia has a new speechwriter, it seems. Natsarkekia's epoch (and this character was extremely lazy) is ending. Now Saakashvili demonstrates readiness to work for the general welfare. Or is it just another trait characterizing the president's inadequacy and his inability to remember his tricky statements?
According to Petre Mamradze, a parliamentarian from the opposition, the Georgian president gets carried away. Recently he admitted he often speaks too much adding that after all he says all necessary things for his people. Surely, it sounds nonsense. Do you remember an extract from his statement that if you have oil and gas you can relax and do nothing? Look at Norway: their oil reserves on the shelf are immense, yet the country saves them for future generations. And Norwegians are far from lazy. Everyone knows what life standards they have" - Mamradze emphasized in an interview with GeorgiaTimes.
Our interlocutor also added that basically all Saakashvili's phrases are beneath criticism. "We should be content that his speeches have nothing aggressive and offensive against others", - the parliamentarian believes. - It's not like, for instance, when he compares Russia with Mongol hordes that sit and eat their stuff. Actually, I don't keep these things in mind any more. Or, for example, when Saakashvili says that in Armenia, our neighbor, economy is in free fall because the country's leaders can't govern the state. Or when he asks: are we Negros to live like that? All these words are risky for entire Georgia. This is silly. On the other hand as I have already said lots of times it's dangerous that our people pay no more attention to the president's speeches. When you deal with the population, everyone notices he is not quite sane. But he is president. He makes vital decisions and there is no force in Georgia to control and prevent Saakashvili's fatal errors".