Saakashvili, Supremely Triumphant
In elections across the nation of Georgia last month, President Mikheil Saakashvili swept to blinding, awe-inspiring victory.
Voters from one corner of the nation to the other spoke with one voice and repudiated Russian aggression and imperialist efforts to bring Georgia back with in Russian domination in a massive landslide.
“No,” the people of Georgia boldly declared: “We will be free!”
As we note in our lead editorial today, even as Russia’s demonic dictator Vladimir Putin comes increasingly under fire from his own people, including the likes of famous rocker Yuri Shevchuk, Putin’s hated nemesis in Georgia is being confirmed as his nation’s trusted, democratic, leader.
Where Putin is feverishly wiping out local government, seizing the power to appoint local governors and mayors, Saakashvili is doing exactly the opposite, continually expanding the democratic circle despite being besieged by Russian imperialist aggression. Saakashvili has calmly guided his nation through crisis after Russia-imposed crisis, never wavering in his commitment to democracy, even as Putin, like the craven coward he is, has destroyed the last vestiges of civil society in Russia. International observers complimented Saakashvili on showing “evident progress” towards elections that were more democratic than the most recent predecessor. That he could accomplish this while being menaced by a giant neighbor which has itself turned elections into absolute shams is truly breathtaking.
The obscene personal abuse hurled at President Saakashvili from the very highest levels of the Kremlin, including by Vladimir Putin himself, offer the very best possible proof of Saakashvili’s success at flouting the Kremlin’s authority and leading his people towards freedom and democracy. Putin’s mafia-like rhetoric against Saakashvili only proves one thing: the Georgian leader is under the Russian’s skin, beating him, infuriating him, besting him at every turn.
The rancid lies being told in Russia about Georgians rejecting the Saakashvili government have been permanently discredited and destroyed. Russia must now realize that it has fatally poisoned its relations with Georgia through years of imperialist abuse followed by military aggression that has been condemned and repudiated by the entire planet.
Mr. Saakashvili may not be perfect (as noted in the reports linked to above, the elections were not without indications of some corruption). Who is? But next to Vladimir Putin, Saakashvili looks like Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Mohandas Gandhi all rolled into one.
For our part, all we can do is applaud in awe.