Autumn 2000 (8.3)
We have so much in common in the Caucasus, but somehow we are
not able to live in peace. Maybe we should start concentrating
on similarities rather than differences, and stop insisting that
originally the land belonged to a specific nation. Everything
is so interrelated that no one can prove anything significant
to be of a certain origin.
Why can't we be like Europeans? They say Europe is not a political
system, it is a mentality. If so, then we, the Caucasians, qualify
for such a union more than the Europeans do. We have always referred
to each other as "Caucasians" and have had a lot in
common. Even during the Soviet Union, non-Caucasians used to
refer to us as one group, "the Caucasians". Russians
Could you imagine the Caucasus as a free economic zone? People
would benefit from it so much. We had always been known for our
entrepreneurial skills, and if our governments created the necessary
conditions, the people of the Caucasus would take care of the
rest. I am very positive such a Caucasian Free Economic Zone
would yield results sooner than any other on earth.
But, unfortunately, we cannot even establish a security pact.
If we go even further and create a free zone, people will start
working with each other. All of the countries will enjoy human
talent, natural resources, access to the sea, and other benefits
that the Caucasus can provide. The zone could help us respect
each other, learn to live in peace, and think about prosperity,
instead of constant fighting, territorial claims, and blockading.
Who is benefiting from the current situation? Only Russia and
Iran. We need to understand that we are more similar than different.
All of us: Azeris, Armenians, Georgians, Chechens, Abkhazes,
and all other Caucasians. By supporting each other and working
towards common goals, we can defeat our enemies, who have been
benefiting from our instability and conflicts. We cannot defeat
them, unless we are united. We cannot support each other, unless
all of us strike in the same direction.
Maybe then we will gain respect. Maybe then we will be able to
hold those who are guilty accountable for everything they have
done in Karabakh, Abkhaziya, Chechnya, or anywhere else in the
Caucasus, or maybe even all over the former USSR.
Good luck to those of us who look to the future.
Studying for MBA
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