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  •  Sounds like the Iraq border situation. (0+ / 0-)

    But I have to wonder sometimes, as a bystander, what is it that makes these states within Georgia, and other provinces within other former Soviet states, want to be so "independent"... Who wants, for example, to be a landlocked province in the Caucasus, like Ossetia? Just wondering.

    •  Very Much Iraq (0+ / 0-)

      Usually fake states come about when some outside power is drawing boundaries to serve its own interests, and not because some group of people get together and assert the right to be a country.  In the case of Iraq, it was the British doing the manipulation.  My view is that the ultimate key is economic empowerment.  If you had economic development in these places, they could be independent or not and it would not really make much difference, like the way Flanders may soon become an independent country.

      •  So the Ossetians are just (0+ / 0-)

        gravitating towards Russia because they are a better bet, economically? That makes perfect sense to me. Who could argue with that? It is just a power play by political players. The poor people who were bombed in their apartments and in the streets were just, as usual, "collateral damage". Their families will have to be compensated, but perhaps it will be worth it to the players.

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