What could be an interesting discussion…

by Nathan Hamm on 10/26/2004

EurasiaNet takes what could be an interesting discussion of Mikheil Saakashvili’s method of governing and stumbles out of the gate.

Revolutions – starting with France in 1789 and stretching past Russia in 1917 – invariably reach a stage where those seeking to establish a new order must face the question: Do the ends justify the means? Georgia seems to have reached this point almost a year after President Mikheil Saakashvili led the “Rose Revolution.”

This suggests, quite contrary to fact, that the architects of either the French or Russian Revolutions stood back and soberly reflected upon what they had wrought. Unless Jaba Devdariani is referring to the nearly 40 years of “anything goes” before someone Kruschev spoke out in Russia, I have to wonder what purpose of the mention is. And, thank goodness that Georgia hasn’t gone through a reign of terror like France before anyone started asking questions.

Saakashvili’s governing style leaves a lot to be desired, but I would love for EurasiaNet to explore more than just intra-elite battles and give us a better look at what the people think of the anti-corruption efforts.


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