I believe fmr. Soviet Republic of Georgia have every right to restore the control over breakaway regions of Abkhazia and S. Ossetia. Borders should not be willy-nilly redrawn and I hope Georgia will become a factor of stability in the Caucasus region--one of the most volatile regions in the world.
Russia should cease all supporting Separatists against its Christian neighbors while simultaneously fighting Islamic Separatists-Jihadists just next door in it's own North Caucasus (Chechnya and elsewhere). I hope that some form of civilized partnership between Russia and Georgia will be restored with or without Putin and two Christian neighbors can become a barrier against spreading of Jihad in North Caucasus and the rest of Eurasia. I doubt it will be achieved under Putin, but Putin is not forever and I hope for smarter heads prevailing in Russia to start supporting Georgia that should be a natural Russian ally as a Christian and civil power.
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posted on 07/28/2006 11:41:40 AM PDT
Problem is the Russians (or should I say, that Pucker Futin) have gratuitously conferred Russian citizenship on thousands in these provinces. The Russians have openly threatened to keep their "peacekeeping" forces in Georgia even if (when) their official mandate is removed or expires. They'll use the excuse of protecting Russian "citizens" to do so, even though they unilaterally manufactured those "citizenships" themselves.
Putin is such a contemptible hypocrite.
BTW, I'm not especially knowledgeable about the background, and therefore don't have a firm opinion about whether these provinces should be reigned in, semi-autonomous, fully autonomous, or fully independent. It's just the intolerable hypocrisy of Putin: Doing one thing wrt to Chechnya, and interfering with his neighbors to effect the exact opposite result next door. After all, the tradition of semi-autonomy was just as long (or short) and just as strong (or weak) with respect to Chechnya as wrt to Abkhazia.
posted on 07/28/2006 11:57:49 AM PDT
(I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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My prayers and best to the Georgian people.
May God bless them and keep them from harm.
posted on 07/28/2006 12:10:31 PM PDT
posted on 07/28/2006 12:46:27 PM PDT
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