[The Telegraph, U.K.]



Le Figaro, France

Like that 'Retard' Fidel, Now We Have 'Frankenstein-Saakachvili'


"Driven by a resentment as irrational as it is mean-spirited, the American republic has continued to practice the delusional encirclement of post-Soviet Russia ... Without a doubt, the twisted minds at the inept CIA's Langley headquarters or the brains at the Pentagon have dreamed of having their own Cuba."


By Alexandre Adler



Translated By Sandrine Ageorges


August 16, 2008


France - French - Original Article (French)

Joseph Stalin, aka/The Red Tsar: A Georgian himself, the way he ruled and dealt with his fellow Georgians goes a long way toward explaining the events of recent weeks.

Several avenues are open to us in trying to shed some light on the conflict between Russia and Georgia. The first, which for once deviates from our usual custom, isn't strictly about geopolitics. To speak of the relationship between Russians and Georgians, it is perhaps first necessary to envisage the complexity in terms of the societies involved, and the often deep and very profound ways they portray one another, which act as memes in the collective unconscious. We cannot, for example, put aside some of the places where the conflict is taking place, such as Gori, which is none other than the birthplace of Stalin.


The fact that the Russians have savagely bombed the town is unlikely due to strategic principles alone. Especially if, as I believe, Putin’s father had some trouble with the terrible Red Georgian Tsar. [There are rumors that Putin's father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, fought Stalin as a Nazi-collaborator and that he was captured by British forces. See photo below ]. In some ways Russians feel a mixture of fascination and repulsion toward their former Soviet compatriots in Georgia that for now has been given free reign, which seems quite profound, and which goes far beyond strategic calculation. Under Stalin, Georgians ruled Russia at a crucial time when the destiny of the nation itself was at stake - with methods of unspeakable brutality, and for the most part they saved it.


Former Soviet intelligence officer Victor Suvorov, who worked as a spy

for the West before defecting in the 1970's, is now a historian who has

authored a number of books challenging Russia's official history. Zhukov

came across photos in British army archives from 1944, taken during

the Warsaw Uprising. Three of the soldiers in the photo wear Russian

Cossack uniforms. One wears a Nazi uniform. The uniformed Russians

are members of General Vlasov's army, which during WW II defected to

the German side. The first lieutenant on the left is said to be father of

Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin.


Stalin, indeed, wasn't the only one responsible: Sergo Ordjonikidze - before he committed suicide after being encouraged to do so by his leader - was the true architect of the country's' industrialization [Stalin suspected him of plotting against him]; Avel Enukidze , in his turn, single-handedly created the Kremlin administration, which is in place to this day. Liquidated by Stalin in 1937, he was undoubtedly the most brilliant of all Georgian Bolsheviks.



Lavrentiy Beria: A Georgian that helped Stalin rule - until the 'Red Tzar' purged him.

Lastly there was Lavrentiy Beria : To him we certainly owe the flawless repression of all effective opposition to Stalin's regime, but also the amnesty of many military and secret service agents whom Stalin sentenced to death; the implementation of one of the most brilliant intelligence networks in the world (including three close associates of Roosevelt at the White House between 1940 and 1945), and most of all, the procurement - as always by way of his networks - of nuclear weapons. All of which, of course, has nothing to do with the childish attempts of the regime's dim-witted physicist Kourchatov , put forward later, to mask the exploits of "intelligence." (Razvedka, in Russian).

[Editor's Note: The word Razvedka is defined in Russian dictionaries this way: 'Describes any means and any actions aimed at obtaining information about an enemy, analyzing it and understanding it properly].


Generally speaking, the resentment against the Caucasians was given free reign after the arrest of Beria, who had conceived in 1953 the grandiose project of collectivizing the country, releasing the nationalities [recognizing the ethnic identities] and reunifying Germany [under Soviet control]. What is being raised in Russia against the Georgians is not only the extreme, paranoid violence of Stalin, which combined with his austere stoicism did play a significant role in the victory of 1945 [WWII], but also the great liberal experiments of Beria, and finally, the climate of freedom and the carefree attitude with which he ruled, even during his worst moment - in Tiflis [Tbilisi]. [Adler is comparing Beria's relatively liberal rule of Georgia at the end of WWII to the government of Georgia's current President Saakashvili].


[The Telegraph, U.K.]


In using the old Russian name of Tiflis for Georgia's capital, I speak like everyone in the Soviet Union did during the years 1950-1970, even as Piter would have been substituted for St. Petersburg - or Leningrad. Because the resentment also extends to the Mediterranean beauty of Georgia, in the lost paradise that Pasternak  evoked in his famous letter to his Georgian friends, these "Indias of Russia," this route to the Orient so generously deployed by a fascinated Alfred de Musset , the Russian Briboïedov, and later his admirable biographer, Tynianov .


Boulat Okoudjava: Famed Georgian folk singer and anti-Stalinist.

And then, who in Russia hasn't felt the tears well up within while listening to poetry expressed through the scratchy voice of anti-Stalinist Boulat Okoudjava [See Photo ] … and how many Russians know that the first film by the late Tengiz Abuladze , released by Georgian studios during perestroika, was called Repentance?


To sum up, the Russians are even more violent with their Georgian brothers for enjoying a more advanced life than they do, whether they have driven them, such as the Scandinavian Varangians  in the early days [the 9th and 10th century], or whether they have surpassed them, once political authority was lost [in 1991], in the quest for happiness, prosperity and beauty. Think only of the happy films of Otar Iosseliani , who disturbed the climate of fog and depression at the time of Brezhnev with their optimism.


The disproportion of the military force used by Russia against Georgia belongs then, to the deep history that remains common to both peoples. The other certainty, no less historical, is the bankruptcy of the hegemonic role of the United States: driven by a resentment as irrational as it is mean-spirited, the American republic has continued to practice the delusional encirclement of post-Soviet Russia. Without a doubt, the twisted minds at the inept CIA's Langley headquarters or the brains at the Pentagon have dreamed of having their own Cuba [reference to the Cuban missile crisis]. They thought they had found it in Georgia with their agent of influence, the current president Saakachvili.


Is 'Frankenstien Saakachvili' just another 'retard' like Fidel?

And just like that retard Fidel Castro who, in 1962, wanted to launch atom bombs against Washington before the terrified eyes of his reckless allies in Moscow, here we have "Frankenstein-Saakachvili" wanting to involve his American patrons in the extreme and absurd logic that governs those who exalt in the narrow nationalism of Georgia. Indeed in Washington today, the climate is not indignation over the childishness of our news commentary, but about mutual accusations of irresponsibility, just as it was in Moscow the day after the Kennedy-Khrushchev duel over Cuba.


Condoleezza Rice made it known that three weeks ago, she had tried to moderate Saakachvili. This is obviously true, knowing her and her deputy, Ambassador Daniel Fried, both good rationalist connoisseurs of the post-Soviet era and very discreet critics of the current American paranoia. History will assign responsibility to each, but the structure of causality is already known: a demented desire to continuously provoke Russia by advocating immediate NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia, even as a diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis is playing out.





Given the irresponsibility of the United States, which requires the removal of the country from the excessive juristiction that it has - the surest way to make progress in the short term is obviously to vote for Obama tomorrow. And itt appears that for the first time in its history, Europe - presided over by Nicolas Sarkozy - has achieved a considerable result. No - the European mediation is not Munich , any more than the nostalgics of the Georgian legions are the Czech democrats of 1938 or the Russians, the Nazis of tomorrow.


While saving the face of a wrongly-engaged Russia, and ensuring an immediate halt to the fighting, the Europeans have shown the moderates within Russia's leadership that they understand their anxieties, without giving them cause to do more harm. Why was Sarkozy heard? Because first of all, he demonstrated the qualities of a great diplomat and used the Europe's "soft power" wisely.


Putin could have side-stepped European mediation, with the risk of calling into question the entirety of relations that Russia has forged, not only in regard to oil and gas, but also the apartments in Kensington and vacations in Courchevel [a skiing area in the French Alps]. These two major events [U.S. mismanagement and E.U. mediation] lead the way to two potential routes away from this crisis for our old continent.


In the first place, put a permanent end to the logic of force to which Russia has tendency to give in to. Then, definitely inhibit the use of force by giving Russia the decent and necessary place that it must occupy in the construction of Europe. In addition, we must not push Ukraine toward confrontation with Russia. But also for Russia, do everything possible to ensure its historic reconciliation with our Polish and Turkish allies. This is a very tough, but indispensible road.



If things seem awkward today, tomorrow we will see that the emotional relationship Russia has with its south will find the humane solution that will perpetuate this symbiosis so fundamental to the Russian soul that those genial Caucasians, from the sculptor Tsereteli  to the chess champion Garry Kasparov, keenly await. It's not for nothing that Lermantov  longed so much for the purplish peaks of the Caucasus. His song is about our future - not just for the Russian - but for the whole of Europe.






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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US August 20, 6:45pm]