Greater Surbiton

The perfect is the enemy of the good

The dangers of appeasement

‘Georgia has lost South Ossetia and Abkhazia for good’—one can almost taste the relish in the Guardian’s editorial of 15 August, as it argued against even peaceful, diplomatic measures to punish Russia for attacking Georgia. For a significant strand of left-liberal opinion in the UK, the default position on the Russia-Georgia conflict is that it is payback for earlier western sins in Iraq and Kosovo; that US, not Russian, warmongering is the problem. Yet none of this is true. Russia’s intervention in Georgia and recognition of Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia’s ‘independence’ are not equivalent to western action over Kosovo or Iraq, and we allow them to go unpunished at our peril…

[The rest of this article can be read at Prospect]

Thursday, 4 September 2008 - Posted by | Abkhazia, Balkans, Caucasus, Former Soviet Union, Former Yugoslavia, Genocide, Georgia, Kosovo, NATO, Red-Brown Alliance, Russia, Serbia, South Ossetia, The Left

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