William Shakespere wrote these famous lines - "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts...."
And what of nations like Latvia? What part should Latvia be playing? Forever the Infant?
Latvia stands on the stage of nations and represents the aspirations of many people all over the world past and present. Independence and freedom exists in Latvia but it is not possible to hold up Latvia as a good example of how a country gains freedom and puts it to use to add value to the world. With the Sacking of the Anti Corruption Director - Aleksejs Loskutovs - it looks like it will be many more years before Latvia will have leadership that understands that the people of the country come first and sacrifice to serve the people of Latvia is expected.
It is not just the people of Latvia that are being let down but also the people in other countries suffering under dictatorships. Other peoples dream and fight for freedom so as to provide a better environment for their children and Latvia is wasting the credibility it could have on the world stage to assist these people worldwide.
Furthermore it is the smaller countries like Latvia that can adapt faster to world conditions and find the most efficient means for economic advancement. Many larger countries look for examples of good policy in smaller countries like Sweden, Japan, Singapore and Finland. Latvia should move closer towards being an honourable country contributing to the world rather than moving towards being a Third World Nation.