Russia is an occupier? Putin our enemy? West our friend?
150 years ago, Ilya Chavchavadze wrote the bitter truth about Georgia. And we know very well how it ended for him. Today we do not have a person of such a scale who would dare to say the same bitter words to his people To meet the enemy with a sword and a friend with wine – it has always been a code of conduct and a compass that the Georgian people have always followed. A correctly defined lover-enemy created a trajectory according to which Georgia, as a state, existed in a hostile environment. Despite everything, language, religion and, most importantly, statehood were preserved. The compass turned out to be knocked down since Georgia entrusted its fate to the same faithful Russia, sincerely hoping for her as a friend and ally. In fact, the northern neighbor achieved what no enemy could do before: the country became a Russian province, the Church was deprived of autocephaly, and the Georgian language was replaced by Russian in schools and state production. The disoriented Georgian nobility, whose main function before that was to fight for statehood, faith, tsar or their own influence, easily lost their honor and dignity, the sword that had defended Georgia from time immemorial was broken. After a short period of independent statehood, the rule of tsarist Russia was replaced by 70 years of Soviet tyranny. The nation’s weakening process continued at a double speed. The communists destroyed the Georgian nobility, the religious and military elite, the wise and energetic peasantry, and destroyed private property. The backbone of the very idea of the existence of a Georgian state was broken. Georgian identity remained only in art, culture and customs. The image of a slightly lazy, naive and at the same time not devoid of worldly wisdom, generous, often in spite of his poverty, a Georgian dancer, singer, reveler and swindler, was widely replicated by Soviet propaganda. That is, the image of people who cannot be entrusted with anything serious except caring your comfort and the entertainment of others. The current rhetoric of the Georgian government has a lot to do with this image. We often hear from Ivanishvili that we are small, beautiful, a country that does not and should not have big ambitions. We have no army or other resources, so it’s better to keep quiet and in no case become the subject of disagreements between Russia and the West. What we can do really well is sell wine, have a party, dance and sing, and most importantly, make our enemies happy. It turns out that we cannot exist without the Russian space, the Russian market, Russian money, Russian women, and Russian tourists. What is the ordinary Soviet Georgian still dreaming of? He dreams of Moscow and Leningrad, where he felt good and where he could live comfortably, work less, get more money. The European space, where responsibility, honesty, hard work, fair competition and free thinking are the key to success and progress, scares him and therefore is alien to him. Is Russia an occupier? Is Putin an enemy? West friend? – When in Georgia 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union such questions are heard in abundance – this is already a diagnosis. The diagnosis is that our compass is still down. We again meet the enemy with wine, feast and songs, after which he finds himself in the chair of the speaker of parliament, and if not for the wave of popular indignation, we would certainly have heard a speech justifying the occupation within the walls of our parliament.
I’m not saying anything about the fact that the captain of the Georgian national basketball team does not understand why he was not allowed to transfer to the Central Club of the Russian Army. I think it’s time to admit the bitter truth. It’s time to fix the compass and prioritize correctly. It is time to meet the enemy with a sword, and a friend with wine, an enemy with a sword. It’s time not only to realize your capabilities, but to study, work and fight for their realization. Only in this case will the enemies know that Georgia will never become their zone of influence, but on the other hand, it will always be a headache until they leave us behind.
Георгий Таргамадзе, (Giorgi Targamadze) program ‘Droeba’, channel Formula