Friday, August 15, 2008

Freedom for Ossetia, NOW

As of today, Russia and Georgia have signed a cease-fire. Good news for everybody!

However—well, yeah! there is always a “however”—the Ants’ Team would like to address the understanding of democracy by the different parties involved in this conflict: Georgians, Russians and Ossetians.
As you know by now, none of the big “world leaders” have expressed their support for the independence of South Ossetia. I guess that the self-determination of the Ossetians (at least of those from South Ossetia) is not a democratic right!

Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili has not stopped talking about the right of Georgians to be freed from any foreign power (i.e., Russia) and how democratic they are…But President Saakashvili has never referred even once about the right of South Ossetians (and Abkhazia) to be freed of them if that’s their desire. What is Georgia afraid of?

So, it’s OK for the democratically elected government of Georgia to invade their neighbors. Hitler was also elected democratically, just in case we forgot.

Why the U.S. doesn’t encourage the growth of democracy in the region by allowing those minorities to express their desire for self-determination?

The Bush administration cannot ignore the fact that by defending Georgia is intrinsically negating the future for Ossetians or Abkhazians. The Bush administration has publicly condemned the Russians for invading Georgia, but it has kept silent about Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia. Are the South Ossetians less human than the Georgians? Don’t they all deserve to be treated equally? Doesn’t the Bush administration understand that the whole world is learning what hypocrisy is all about by just looking at them?
Now, Bush can rest assure that the world is safe again…and will resume his most-well deserved vacations in Texas…In the mean time, the South Ossetians will buried their love ones and began reconstructing their homes.

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