Because older Georgian politicians are mostly corrupt ex-Communist mediocrities, Georgia, since the "Rose Revolution," has had one of the youngest sets of political leaders in the world.
It`s important to realize that they aren`t some random grab bag of provincial hotheads. Instead, they are the cream of Georgia`s new generation of globalized elite, almost all educated abroad and plugged into the most influential global networks of finance, law, media, trade, and NGOs. Thus, they`ve enjoyed tremendous press coverage from similar folks in the prestige media.
These are the kind of people who will be running the world for the next generation, making Georgia a harbinger of what`s in store for all of us.
And what did these exemplars of the globalized Best and Brightest do when they got power?
They started a tank war with Russia.
* By the way, judging from how fast Russia struck back, I would guess that Russia has plenty of spies within Georgia. Indeed, I wouldn`t be surprised if one of those Georgian B&Bs was privately supplementing his official pay as Putin`s personal agent provocateur within the Georgian government:
Hey, guys, let`s go invade that Russian-occupied territory with our tanks! C`mon, what`s the worst that could happen?Perhaps that sounds excessively paranoid and convoluted, but, after all as they say in those parts (or at least should say):
"Forget it, Jake, it`s Caucasustown."
For a profile of perhaps the most brilliant of all the dangerous operators who have emerged from that part of the world, see here.