10.20.2009

His presence commands nothing but an ironic smile. And do we have nothing else to do but fight with ghosts?

Georgia is trying to decide what to do with Stalin:
"The monument must be completely destroyed," argued Levan Ramishvili, director of Tbilisi’s Liberty Institute, a think-tank that provided intellectual heft for the 2003 Rose Revolution. "Since the Georgian government is being careful, this should be a civil initiative ? I would not rule out that somebody blows up the monument in the night."

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"Now they want to destroy him, destroy a statue! ? [These are] the same people, who would not dare to make a sound when he was alive," fumed Vasil Modebadze, a fragile octogenarian who wore a Soviet army uniform with a cascade of medals as he played a game of backgammon with a fellow World War II veteran.



Here's old Djugashvili, the day after the Russians left the last time around.