Georgia: Here He Comes Again

Here He Comes Again

Two weeks ago, Georgians had every reason to think that Zviad Gamsakhurdia wouldn't be on hand to kick them around anymore. The ousted President, elected with 87% of the vote only seven months earlier, had seen his popularity collapse amid charges of repression and high-handedness. Gamsakhurdia had fled the capital of Tbilisi after the surging opposition successfully launched a 16-day siege. Last week he reappeared in western Georgia calling for a massive offensive "to do away with the junta" that had replaced him.

Neighboring Armenia had granted Gamsakhurdia a safe haven on condition that he abstain from politics. Ten days later,...