Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Fighting in Georgia- A Hope For Peace

This week's events in Georgia have brought back memories of my 1995 visit to that former Soviet republic in 1995, which I wrote about in a previous posting (The "Drug Wars" 5, Tbilisi, Georgia 1995). Georgia is unlike any other country. It is mountainous, ruggedly beautiful and the people (also rugged) are hospitable. But it was a dangerous place when I was there, and is obviously a dangerous place now as a result of the fighting between Georgian and Russian troops triggered by Georgia's intrusion into the breakaway region of South Ossetia. As of this writing, Russian troops are threatening the Georgian city of Gori, which, coincidentally, is the birthplace of Joseph Stalin (born Dzugashvili).

I won't take any political positions on the dispute, other to say that hopefully, the fighting can be stopped, a diplomatic solution can be found, and Georgia can retain its sovreignty.

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