Readers interested in commentary regarding the ongoing conflict between Russia and Georgia should head over to The Russian Front. There, Dr. David Stone has posted a thoughtful (and, to my mind, quite accurate) article describing how American foreign policy in the Balkans during the 1990s established (unintentional) precedents for the current Russian actions in the Caucasus.
There is a great deal of blame to go around for the disastrous war over South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili deserves the greatest share, for starting a war to reassert control over South Ossetia that Russia can now finish on its own terms. The Russian government, with former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the lead, has cynically taken the conflict Saakashvili began as a golden opportunity to flex its muscles, make Georgia an object lesson for the rest of Russia’s neighbors, rally Russian voters, and tighten its grip on Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
But in a classic example of blowback, past American policy also bears some responsibility for the mess in the Caucasus…
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