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Jihad in Georgian Interpretation?

17.06.2013 12:03

Until the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor’s Office is trying to guess who’s the author of the videos uploaded on Youtube two weeks ago, which were followed by yet another assault on the Georgian military bases located in Helmand Province, media outlets, referring to confidential sources, put forward their own versions.

Along with the military and policing branch of government, the sensitive part of society is as well engaged in the process of guessing.  Some name Koka Kandiashvili,  Head of the PR Department of the State Office, as being the author of the videos, while others believe that it’s former member of the Presidents  political team Giorgi Arveladze that has translocated to media. Even the secret agent of the President’s Administration is mentioned to be responsible for that matter.

Noteworthy is the fact that the main information regarding the alleged authors is being spread through media outlets(the majority of which are, for some reason, “feeding off” the statuses posted on Facebook). Press and online publications seem to be particularly active in this respect, the sources of which are“ trustworthy” or “confidential” as always.

According to one of the versions( which belong to the newspaper by the name of Version”),  the author of the video is the member of the President’s Administration and Giorgi Arveladze’s team. The Version tells us that the idea of making Hammad Zaman video came to them after having seen the President’s conversation with Georgian soldiers, that took place within the framework of his visit in Afghanistan(this conversation is unique it itself, and the issue of the appropriateness of its airing is a whole different story. Unfortunately, there are many instances when the footages that have nothing to do with ethicality, propriety or state thinking are broadcasted. One can recollect a great deal of such cases, yet the reaction to them never goes beyond mere denouncement, or indignation over the fact).

The second version suggests Koka Kandiashvili being the author of the video; that viewpoint is supported by the prominent member of the parliamentary opposition Davit Darchiashvili. The reply comments on the part of Koka Kandiashvili were made on Facebook(why would one want to resort to some other means in order to make comments, when part of media outlets opt for making news by posting statuses on Facebook?!)

While the authors of the scandalous videos are “collectively sought after”, some important details remain in the shade. In theory, it wouldn’t take an ordinary programmer more than 10 minutes to identify IP address, not to mention the capabilities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for that matter( by the way the Ministry has already stated that the location from where the videos were uploaded and IP address are known, without saying, however, what impedes them to accomplish the investigation). The thing is that whether the Ministry wants the identity of the person that uploaded the videos to be disclosed?!

The doubts that the videos were uploaded on Youtube from Georgia appears on the very first day. One must stress the remarkably high quality of the videos; the fact of the author’s having skillfully used editing tools and visual effects is evident, so that even top level PR specialists would have envied such excellent job. Whereas I, while looking for the videos containing threats spread by the Taliban, have found nothing of the sort in term of quality.

Meanwhile the time is passing by and priorities change, so the issue loses its topicality and shifts to the background. That circumstance may be good for the law enforcement agencies that want the process to pass by painlessly. Media’s continues surmising, looking for the next confidential source. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutors office are as well involved in the process of working on versions, but perhaps they are rather in search of a scapegoat- a person that will confess his/her having made it for the sake of fun, that will later be publicly denounced for such bad joke, or even be given a soft smack on the back of the head.

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