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Comment rescue: S. Ossetia

August 11, 2008

Del Liberal has a thread going where some of the commenters seemed to be laboring under the misconception that Russia started aggression on Georgian soil. Not so, says this comment from some brilliant (and good-looking) commenter:

I think that some people are forgetting that Georgia started the aggression on the 8th by moving troops and armor into areas controlled by S. Ossetia. Wait, but isn’t S. Ossetia part o Georgia?

No, not really. South Ossetia declared themselves a sovereign Soviet Democratic Republic in 1990 and even held their own elections. The Georgian government didn’t allow the secession and declared S. Ossetia’s elections invalid.

After more violence in 1992 between Georgia and S. Ossetian separatists escalated, a cease fire was declared with the separatists retaining control of some areas and the separatists others.

A peacekeeping force of S. Ossetian, Russian and Georgian forces has been present in the region, but Georgia escalated their presence on the 8th to clear the area of separatists. It was this that caused Russia to move troops into S. Ossetia. It must be kept in mind that the majority of S. Ossetians are in favor of separation and identify more with Russia, using Russian as a primary language and Russian currency. If not for Georgia’s denial, there would be no conflict.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2008 12:59 pm

    Geez, I didn’t realize this. It makes the whole situation even murkier.

  2. August 13, 2008 1:24 pm

    Suppose New Mexico declared itself independent and/or part of Mexico and US tanks rolled into Santa Fe to disabuse them of said notion. Who would you be supporting?

  3. August 13, 2008 1:52 pm

    Well, that’s not the same situation, Duffy. Let me modify your question to be more in line with the current environment in Georgia:

    Suppose Mexico, the U.S. and Canada became one big conglomeration of countries called the United Capitalist Nations of America, or UCNA. The overseeing government collapses and each region separates into their own, smaller countries, The United State, Mexico, and Canada. Wile they were together, the citizens of a small territory of the new U.S., now called New Mexico, had begun to identify strongly with Mexico to the south. Now they are separated, the New Mexicans speak mainly Spanish and use pesos instead of dollars.

    Because of their strong cultural and economic bond to Mexico, the vast majority of New Mexico citizens decides they want to be their own nation, strongly allied to Mexico. Who would you be supporting?

    In this case, as with S. Ossetia, I would support secession. However, if New Mexico wanted to secede because they wanted to marry dogs and use babies instead of clay pigeons on the firing range, I probably would not support secession.

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