By Edmond Y. Azadian
The presidential election in Georgia is not only significant for the Georgians, but also for its neighbors in Armenia and the entire region.
Georgian Dream is a political coalition put together by the Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili to unseat President Saakashvili and his United National party ruling for the last 10 years.
Mikheil Saakashvili came to power through the Rose Revolution, which ousted President Eduard Shevardnadze and set Georgia on a new political course. It was a time when political activists, funded and trained by the Soros Foundation, fomented political upheavals in the former Soviet republics with the avowed purpose of promoting democracy, but in fact, were reorienting the policies of those countries towards the West.
The following year, Ukraine was “democratized” through the Orange Revolution.
The US-trained Saakashvili placed his country in a path firmly heading towards the West and NATO and in the process, he antagonized his northern neighbor, Russia, to a point that in 2008, war broke out between the two and Georgia lost two regions — Abkhazia and South Ossetia — to Russia.