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Friday, August 12, 2011

3 years after the Russian-Georgian War

(Liana Lazarashvili inside her damaged house in Gori, Georgia. Photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

It's been three years since the Russians cut the country in half, fire bombed the Borjomi National Park to be spiteful and allowed South Ossetian militia to loot and raze Georgian villages to the ground. Russian president Dmitri Medvedev signed a peace agreement with French president Nicolas Sarkozy, promising to pull back his troops to prewar positions. Instead of doing that, Medvedev recognized the separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and signed agreements with them that allowed Russia to keep its troops on their controlled territory.

If there is one thing I have learned from all this it's that you better check to see if the Russian president isn't crossing his fingers behind his back when he signs a treaty.

My story with Fred Weir HERE
and my MT piece HERE


John Haskell said...

31 years after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, we returned Okinawa to Japan. Note that the Okinawans wanted to be returned to Japan, did not want to see the Japanese choke on their own blood, et cetera.

Russian culture is less results-oriented and more patient than American culture. So then how many years after Saakashvili's sneak attack will Russian troops pull out of Ossetia and Abkhazia? Probably it is a large number.