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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" ~ President John F. Kennedy

Monday, October 17, 2005

It's All Downhill From Here.....

Well according to RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty Saakashvili has announced that he will stand for a second term in 2009 (to complete the work he has begun apparently). Whats more worrying is his typically agressive-over the top rhetoric.

Mikheil Saakashvili announced on 15 October at a ceremony to honor highway construction engineers that he plans to seek a second presidential term in order to bring to completion the work he has begun, Caucasus Press reported. His term expires in January 2009. Saakashvili said he will build a new motorway linking western Georgia with the Abkhaz capital and enter Abkhazia by that road. He also tasked highway engineers with completing the Tbilisi-Kaspi highway in 2006 and the Tbilisi-Gori highway in 2007, and with repairing the road over the Rikoti Pass in 2008.

Quite how he thinks saying he will "enter Abkhazia" at the start of his second term, will do anything other than seriously aggravate the de facto authorities is beyond me. Rather than continuing this dangerous and obsessive nationalist policy of threatening the breakaway regions, perhaps Misha would care to adress the serious power and economic problems faced within territory under his control.

Or maybe this constant rhetoric creates a nice and convincing distraction for why the Georgian people's lives are unlikely to improve anytime soon?


  • At 8:40 pm, Anonymous Nathan Hamm said…

    It might be a bit of a diversion, but it is an issue that many Georgians care about. The province was (I'll go with an unoffensive number here...) about half Georgian at one time. I just met a guy the other night who was a Georgian refugee in Tbilisi for quite some time. It's a tough issue. And it's not one I'm entirely comfortable with Russia, Abkhazia, and Georgia settling on their own. Russia seems to want to reclaim the territory. Abkhazia wants full independence and recognition (and is willing to accept--for now--de facto union with Russia to be free of Tbilisi). And Georgia wants it back. No great options appear at hand.


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