Jul 20, 2009

A Caucasus Christmas Carol

According to RIA Novosti President Mikhail Saakashvili has had a self-proclaimed "psychological turnaround." After being visited by the ghosts of his past, present, and political future, he's remembered that democracy is what life's about and has resolved to nurse Tiny Tim (aka Georgian democracy) back to health, tossing aside the crutch of dictatorship.

However, unlike Scrooge, the Georgian President's announcement has not been surrounded by whimsical songs and dancing in the streets. In fact, the opposition is decidedly underwhelmed. Even Saakashvili himself seems a bit depressed about it, calling Georgia's NATO bid "almost dead" and telling reporters: "It's tragic. It means the Russians fought for the right reasons." I like Disney's version better...

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