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The Power of Truth

And so the demonstration at Rustaveli has reached its logical culmination, the demand for the ouster of the president. few doubted these events would transpire--that the demonstration's organizers attempted to revert the conditions as close as possible to those of four years prior, makes little difference. The tone of ultimatum in the opposition's speeches was such that the Georgian government could no longer withstand their implications without a sense of wounded pride.
On the evening of November the 2nd the oppositions demands lasted until 18.00, and then later until 20.00 in the evening of November the 2nd. One is left wondering, if at any point, their organizers took into consideration that at least four detailed points of these demands were impossible to meet? They were well aware
beforehand that Mihail Saakashvilli and his team would abstain from carrying any sort of dialogue under the premise of an ultimatum. Of course this was known to them all along. They would have been aware of that at the very least because the majority of these opposition leaders stood on Rustaveli four years ago and are well familiar with Mikhail Saakashvilli. And that can only mean that the opposition realized its actions would inevitably lead the country to unrest and political crisis. I would decline from addressing further the topic of those beyond our country's borders who might benefit from this. Lets consider the situation from the standpoint of what our society needs most today.

That fact, alone, that so many showed up in the streets for these demonstrations indicates that not all is well within our country. Much of what has happened over the past four years registers acutely out of favour with popular opinion--some of it, even, irritating the general public. This raises the question of how should the opposition behave under the circumstances--organize mass protests? demand ouster of the president? orchestrate civil unrest? Today the opposition lacks so much as a glimmer of a resolution to this crisis. They are without any means to rectify the government's mistakes.  It would seem there is nothing simpler than to present demands which resonate with the common man, but for some reason this is not happening.  Three out of the four points of their ultimatums explicitly address the subject of elections.  Why is this?  It's clear that the opposition thirsts for power. I even propose that it craves this power in order to mitigate the real and considerable errors committed by the present government. Why then not propose a clear plan for bringing the country out of this crisis that its leadership repeatedly addresses in every public statement?  The opposition's entire PR campaign, in essence, is an impassioned plea to the people's hardships and feelings of social injustice. That said, there has yet to be a single constructive proposal produced by the opposition.  Personally, I, as a regular voter cannot fathom why the elections must be held in spring.  The answer is all the more clear after the country's president aptly explained the government's position on the matter.  If the opposition holds to the belief that power must be urgently seized in order to save the country from impending collapse, it would be nice of them to clarify to their potential electorate their plans for 'salvation'.

Generally speaking, voters do not choose a political party, but what that particular party has to offer. We're talking here about the competition of specific programs--proposals concerning a country's development.  There do exist exceptions, take the 1996 election campaign of an utterly-discredited Boris Yeltsin, in which the Russian voter was given the choice to vote with his heart as opposed to reason.  And lo, the government, that had enjoyed a 10% approval rating in December, managed to with effort, triumph in the elections. Behind the curtains of this "miracle" stood the heavy application of PR technologies--first and foremost, that of television. The irony of this situation is that not only were the same means employed in the destabilization of matters in Georgia, but also the very same people employing them. It is a well-known fact that the "Imedi" broadcast company retains the consulting services of the same specialists once employed by Boris Berezovski's ORT.  If anyone, these people know all too well that there days any public official is by and large a tv show.  This means that in order to cause a destabilizing effect in a country one need only to create a television editorial concerning a bad president, and a bad government.  To be fair, it must be noted that the government, with its awkward attempts to control CMI, further aided their opponents.  But this doesn't refute the main issue-- what has transpired today at Rustavli plaza is for the most part the result of an information war waged against the government.

What would aid the current government in countering those who dream of a new "revolution"?  As ironic as this may seem:  The Truth.  Simple Honest Truth. It becomes obvious after listening to the president's speech that he has, at the very least, tried to remain sincere with this people.  The only thing I personally object to is the notion of judiciary independence.  There is no independence in today's courts of Georgia. For the most part, I say this because I love my country too much to turn a blind eye.  An appearance, broadcast by "Imedi" television, by popular actor, Otar Megvinetuhutsesi, followed the president's presentation.  What he had to say was rather painful and poignant--all the more so because he spoke the truth.  Demands of the people, who represent an overwhelming majority of the populace, are a force to be reckoned with; and a government's power lay first and foremost in its ability to admit and correct its own errors.  Such is the power of truth.
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