Thank you very much for this article--it is a breath of fresh air amid the stagnant name-calling and irrational fear-based comments that we have heard from polititians and most of the news reporters in North America.
Georgia has committed a hollocaust against South Ossetians, no matter how much the US politicians try to avoid that fact. Russia did do the right thing, no matter how much we do not like to admit it. I would not be so ignorant as to compare Chechnya to South Ossetia--in Chechnya it was not the people but the bands of criminals who were creating problems; in South Ossetia don't want to be forced to live under the dictatorially drawn land division by Stalin (who was Georgian). Stalin (real name: Dzhugashvilli) divided the country of Ossetia in two and gave the southern part to the Georgian Soviet Republic as an autonomous region for "administrative purposes only." Stalin did the same with Abkhazia.
I would like to appologies to the Russian governement and people for the amount of malice and distrust we showed.
Duncan, BC, Canada
Sep 28 2008 - 8:35pm