I watch the unfolding events between Russia and Georgia with some mild interest, but no real suprise. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s it has been clear to me that many of the new-born states to emerge from the so-called Commonwealth of Independant States had little real reason to exist beyond thumbing their noses at their former Russian rulers. It has taken time, and there will be a great deal of hand wringing and angst amongst the Western nations, but many of these new nations will find themselves back in the fold of the former Soviet Union, just without the Politburo and the New Soviet Man propaganda to burden them.

I posit this as niether good nor bad, simply reality.

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