The US deep state is at it again with their obnoxious and counter-productive "diplomacy."
The latest diplomatic incident involves one Michael Carpenter, a foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Creepy Joe Biden. Carpenter recently went to Georgia (the country) and decided to insert himself into Georgian politics by commenting on the country's relationship with Russia.
Georgia continues to buzz. People organize protests and damn Russia. A meme about the 20% has gone viral: like, 20% of Georgian territory is occupied by Russia. The meme about the 20% was thrown in by an American, Mr. Carpenter, Biden's assistant. After his recent visit to Georgia, in his Twitter, he warned Georgians about the large number of tourists from Russia. Last Sunday, we had already quoted Carpenter for a different reason.
Let's do it once again to understand the origin of the slogan about the 20%.
"Just spent 3 days in Georgia. I'm not sure the government fully understands the implications of its open door policy with Russia. With so many "tourists" (ehem FSB) & so much land being bought by Russian businessmen, they may wake up one day and find not 20% but 100% occupied."
Throwing in the idea of Russia occupying 20% of Georgian territory, the American, on the one hand, rubs salt in the wound and on the other, relieves the former leaders of Georgia of the responsibility for the lost territory. Like, Russia is to blame. What a sweet idea! Obviously, it's about Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are independent states today who don't want to return to Georgia. The easiest thing to do is to blame Russia.
And, of course, every creature likes it when they scratch it where it itches and whisper in its ear, "Dear, it's not your fault." Georgia is no exception. But if we turn to history, Georgia collapsed from the inside because of short-sighted nationalist policies and the irresponsible national policy of its leaders, from Gamsakhurdia and Kitovani and Ioseliani, who overthrew him, to Shevardnadze and Saakashvili. Each of them contributed to the collapse of Georgia.
Although the preconditions for the collapse go all the way back to Soviet times. Thus, under Stalin, a migration policy was pursued in the autonomous republic of Abkhazia to reduce the Abkhazian population in Abkhazia. Later, Soviet Georgia did that consistently, bringing the proportion of the indigenous population to less than 20% by the early 1990s. The goal was clear. To abolish autonomy and create a unitary state. At the same time, the Abkhaz language was suppressed, and unbearable conditions were created for the Abkhazians: either to assimilate or leave.
After the collapse of the USSR, militant nationalism flourished in Georgia. The madman Gamsakhurdia became the president. Under him, the autonomy of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was canceled. Gamsakhurdia did not last long. He was ousted in the December 1991 coup. Power was seized by the Military Council. It was mostly dominated by Jaba Ioseliani, a thief-in-law and founder of the Mkhedrioni (Riders) militia group, and Tengiz Kitovani, commander of the National Guard, created at the same time with the Ministry of the Interior to counter it.
In reality, it was a mafia junta which seized power by force. Anarchy, looting, and an invasion of Abkhazia by National Guard troops followed. They captured the capital, and, as a result, a civil war with all its atrocities broke out. A flow of Abkhazian refugees fled Sukhum. It was only in September 1993 that Abkhazian troops could recapture Sukhum. Then it was the Georgians who became the refugees. And this is just one episode of the mutually bitter history of Georgian-Abkhazian relations. And it's primarily the fault of Georgia, as a bigger nation, claiming primacy in its state.
The bridge over the Gumista River, which is near the entrance to Sukhum, has a cliff covered with the portraits of the heroes of the war for the independence of Abkhazia. Here, fathers, sons, brothers, and grandfathers are all together. One can't get tired of watching this memorial with its many faces.
Thus, the divorce of Abkhazia with Georgia was inevitable. What does Russia have to do with it? The final collapse took shape in 2008. Back then, Abkhazia made its final choice, and in addition, it was a gesture of solidarity with South Ossetia, against which the then president Saakashvili unleashed a full-scale war.
On the night of August 8th, 2008, the Georgian military used Grad systems to attack Tskhinval, the capital of South Ossetia. A Russian peacekeeper base came under fire. And with this action, Saakashvili left Russia no choice. A peacekeeping operation began. But the events of 2008 are only the outcome of South Ossetia and Georgia’s long and painful relations within a single state. Georgia never managed to find internal harmony. So, the result is expected.
And what's going on now in the streets of Tbilisi is no less counterproductive for Georgia. It goes against its own national interests. Of course, you can blame everything on the national disposition and revel in your passionarity. You can pretend to be a victim of Russia, but some features of the Georgian character can become life-saving: hospitality, sense of humor and self-irony, sentimentality, and spiritual generosity. And an extraordinary musical sense, which means that they can feel and build harmony in polyphony. All of that hasn't gone anywhere, right?