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But What Do I Know?

Based on my in-depth research, which consists of five or ten minutes spent surveying the Wikipedia article on South Ossetia, it appears to me that in the current military/political conflict, the Russians are the "good guys."

So of course we, through our government of the people, by the people, and for the people, are supporting the regime which keeps it's subsistence-farming subjects in thrall by denying them access to electricity.

Vice-President Cheney telephoned the Georgians to pledge our support.

I'm so proud to be an American.


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Aug. 11th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
When I heard Bush decrying the violence and saying that countries should strive to work things out peacefully, bla bla bla, in Georgia I couldn't believe it.

Network news needs a laugh track.
Aug. 11th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't call the Russians "good guys". Not after wondering where the Ossetians get their weapons.
The Ossetians went from Tsarist to Moscow Soviet rule to Georgian rule.
The only thing that changed was thay they finally got rid of the KGB and Speznatz. So they finally could start some political movements. But just like in Yougoslavia when Tito disapeared the new politicains had no experiance at politics and the people had no experiance at freedom.
Just like the Balkan it is bound to fall apart before it grows up again.
Just like the Balkan the disticntion between good guys and bad guys is made after the conflict.

I visited Georgia in 1979, full Soviet era. Of course that trip was sanctioned so we were hauled from one city to another, always being shown the positive images. We passed trough the mountains, though probably not Ossetia. Apart from huge vineyards and wineries (we were herded there of course) all the farming was small scale. Typical for subsitance and local market stuff.
I suppose not much has changed in those 30 years.
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