Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Modest Proposal for Russia and Georgia

Hey, Russia, I've got a suggestion. Maybe Georgia can be convinced to let South Ossetia and Abkhazia gain independence or become part of the Russian Federation if in return, you, Russia, will grant Chechnya independence and recognize Kosovo's independence from Serbia.

What, no takers?


  1. Nope, I'm sorry but that sounds like an idiotic lil' scheme there.

    South Ossetia and Abkhazia should remain part of Georgia, granting the Chechen Islamists independence would be like America catching Bin-Laden and pardoning him, and Serbia has every right to Kosovo. I guess that's a "No."

  2. I think you failed to notice my cynicism. My point was that Russia picks and chooses which areas have a right to independence based on nothing but their attitude towards Russia. Putin has committed a lot more crimes against humanity in Chechnya than he even claims Georgia did in the pro-Russian enclaves.

    I don't know enough about the conflicts in the Caucasus to have an opinion regarding independence for Chechnya, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. On the other hand, I oppose Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, but do believe it should achieve independence through negotiations with Serbia.