Something’s Disgraceful, All Right
For it was not merely predictable that Georgia would somehow go wrong, it was a certainty: Just about all revolutions, even peaceful ones, somehow go wrong. In the decade following 1989, for example, communists were elected to power in pretty much every Central European country. ~Anne Applebaum
Ms. Applebaum notes that it is a “disgrace” that the President has said nothing about Georgia all week. Well, until she published her column, the Post hadn’t said anything either, and even then it wasn’t much. Most Western papers have kept shtum on the colossal embarrassment that is their social engineering project gone haywire. Consider the quote above. Yes, it’s true that communists, or “ex-communists” and “reformed” communists as they have been called by journalists, took power in many eastern and central European countries after the initial enthusiasm for full-on democratic capitalism, but in most former Warsaw Pact and ex-Soviet countries they didn’t send policemen on baton charges against civilian protesters.
This sort of excuse-making for Saakashvili is particularly embarrassing, since it reduces what he has done to some inevitable outcome of the revolutionary process, which ignores the fact that many other former communist states have adjusted without anything like Saakashvili’s heavy-handed rule. Saakashvili’s failure was not determined by geography or geopolitics, but by the nature of his “revolution” from the beginning.
P.S. There was no “counter-revolution,” because the “revolution” was a scam all along. A “revolution” doesn’t become a “counter-revolution” just because it turns ugly. The ugly government of Saakashvili was there from the start.