Apr 9, 2009
a Rose by any other name would not smell as sweet.... to Saakashvili.
Looks like Rose Revolution leader President Mikhail Saakashvili may now be facing a (rose)bed of his own making. Now renowned for voting with their feet, Georgian protesters have amassed once again outside the parliament building demanding the resignation of their number one official. But, as we have seen in the other successful and failed "colored revolutions," it is not sheer protest numbers which tips the scales against the authorities. Amongst other factors, many analysts point to unification of opposition parties and the confidence (or lack thereof) of those in office as vital to the success of a colored revolution.
Several newspaper accounts have emphasized the newfound unity amongst the opposition. However, who knows how long the enemy of my enemy logic can hold. We'll have to wait and see how Misha feels about all this.
Also interesting is the attention in the media to the Russian influence/support of these protests. Keep tuned.