Georgian backdrop

Posted by lex, on August 26, 2008

Michael Totten walks the dog back to the house. This didn’t start on August 8th, 2008. It’s a long game:

“A key tool that the Soviet Union used to keep its empire together,” Worms said to me, “was pitting ethnic groups against one another. They did this extremely skillfully in the sense that they never generated ethnic wars within their own territory. But when the Soviet Union collapsed it became an essential Russian policy to weaken the states on its periphery by activating the ethnic fuses they planted.

It took almost thirty years for the consequences of the Ottoman Empire’s collapse to be felt in the violent birth of, and violent reaction against the state of Israel.

Things happen faster these days.

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