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Monday, August 11, 2008


This article by Mark Almond was also in Saturday's Guardian.

I thought he made some good points. However, as usual when dealing with that part of the world, I wondered what Craig Murray made of it all. This, apparently.

Now both these gentlemen know far more about the region than I do, but I am forced to wonder how things would have panned out had Britain decided to give the Falklands / Malvinas to Argentina against the wishes of their inhabitants. Because that seems to be the situation in which the South Ossetians (for the most part) find themselves: officially part of one country when they want to be part of a different one (of which many have citizenship). If we add to the mix sustained Argentine mistreatment of their hypothetical Malvinan population; the posting of British troops to the Malvinas as peacekeepers (and OK, I have no idea who decided that Russians would be good for that role in South Ossetia, but that wasn't very clever); the invasion of the islands by Argentina and the deliberate killing of the peacekeepers: I think under those circumstances then even if the Malvinas were legally Argentine, the pressure on Britain to take military action would be huge, and with dead British soldiers and a population clamouring to be relieved of the Argentine yoke, I doubt there would be much argument.

And so it is here, as far as I can see. I don't see the Russians as the good guys, but I certainly don't believe Georgia should be backed to the hilt in its attempts to hang onto its unwilling residents. It should have been clear when the EU and USA recognised Kosovo that every discontented minority in Eastern Europe would be looking to achieve the same. And look! It's happened. That the US happens to like Saakashvili (for what it can get from him) and didn't like Milosevic (no oil) is no reason to treat the two lots of secessionists differently.

Update: Here's a good piece on the same topic from Jews Sans Frontieres, pointing out that the USA consistently sides with mass murderers against their victims. And despite the title of the blog, it doesn't even mention the most egregious example.


At 11 August, 2008 15:53, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

I think it amusing that our Mr. President Bush chose to denounce the Russians while at the Olympics.
Sorry that there was no response regarding Iraq or Guantanamo.


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