By a fluke of happenstance, I found myself privy to the secret machinations of a “revolution” in a foreign country and, as a consequence, found myself looking into a window onto how the Bush Administration is going about expanding its Empire.

My wife is a native of the Republic of Georgia, a very small country off the Caspian Sea. Georgia is even smaller than the state of New Jersey, with only a population of 5.5 million people. Yet, it recently underwent a dramatic revolution, which the US took no small interest in.

In November of 2003, Georgian President Edouard Shevardnadze won reelection by a wide margin in an election that was internationally condemned as fraudulent. Immediately, protests broke out and, within days, Georgian citizens started pouring into Tbilisi, the nation’s capital. Gradually the crowds swelled, and before long there were tens of thousands of peaceful, yet determined, demonstrators picketing in front of the Parliament Building in the middle of the city. And, the numbers continued to swell.

After a few weeks of this, the leader of the revolt, an US-educated lawyer Michael Saakashvili, along with several supporters, broke into the main hall of the Parliament Building while President Shevardnadze was addressing the body and, very dramatically, forced the president to be escorted out by bodyguards. This was all captured on television, and was played over and over again on local broadcasting netwrks, as well as on the BBC and other international news organizations.

Finally, Mr. Shevardnadze was forced to resign, and an “Acting President”, Nino Burjanadze, was appointed. The new elections were just held, on Jan. 4th. Mr. Saakashvili won 96% of the vote. The whole process from the November election to the new one took only about 6 weeks, and it went so smoothly that it is referred to in the press as the “Rose” or “Velvet Revolution”.

For my Georgian-born wife and myself, it seemed like a miracle. Shevardnadze’s administration was one of the most corrupt in the world, and the citizens were suffering because of it. The poverty rate is estimated at upwards of 60%, and the rule of law is virtually nonexistent. For example, ever since the ex-President’s resignation, the electricity has been on in Tbilisi almost nonstop. Prior to this, it had been running only a couple of hours per day. This was intended to force people to buy kerosene from Georgian mobsters.

Just coincidentally, my wife was planning a trip to Georgia at this time to visit relatives there, and arrived right before the January elections. Due to security issues regarding Americans there, it was advised that I not accompany her.

My wife had told me earlier that she had attended Tibilisi University with the Acting President, who, it turns out, to this day, fondly remembers my wife as being the first person at school to tear up her Communist Party membership card (in front of a Russian General no less). So, after learning through a mutual friend of my wife’s arrival there, Ms. Burjanadze invited her to a Christmas Eve party at the US Embassy, hosted by Richard Miller, the US Ambassador to Georgia. This was attended by all of the principals involved in the revolution, including Mr. Saakashvili with whom she had an opportunity to spoke with at length.

My wife soon learned, directly from those principals, that the US government had orchestrated every aspect of the entire “revolution”.

Ambassador Miller being one of the real heavyweights in international relations (it is said that he was responsible for the coup d’etat in Yugoslavia recently), as soon as he was brought by the US to Georgia, there were reports in the local papers that it spelled the end of Eduourd Shevranadze’s regime. The then-president had seemed to be siding more with the Russians than the US, and the US wanted to establish military bases in the country (for…what?). There was also, of course, the issue of oil. Georgia sits on the Caspian Sea, where oil companies have invested billions of dollars, and from which Tbilisi happens to be directly “en route” to the Black Sea, where a $20 billion pipeline is now under construction to.

Interestingly, pre-elections my wife told me that there had been confirmed reports that the US government was spending $145 million on the new US Embassy in tiny Tbilisi. And, post elections, there have been TV tours of Mr. Miller’s private residence. It is described as “a palace” with Old Master paintings and similar accoutrements adorning the walls. Mr. Miller comes from a poor family and went straight into “public service” from college. No family or personal fortune acquired in business would account for his surroundings. This is apparently just one of the perks of “playing ball”.

As for our hero Mr.Saakashvili, he is in the process of building a $3 million personal residence for himself, in the midst of his poverty-stricken country, and needless to say… Colin Powell will be attending his Inauguration.

Ms. Burjanadze tells my wife that Mr.Saakashvili is not at all what he seems to be, but he is now too powerful to do anything about.

Multiply this scenario worldwide, and I think we can begin to see what the New World Order is really shaping up to look like. Maybe it didn’t start with Bush, but it certainly has accelerated under him, and has now become much more a matter of overt public policy.

God help us.

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