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Originally posted by exportedkiwi at 2008-8-13 00:18
I commend the Russians for invading a tiny country on their border where they enjoy overwhelming superiority under the auspices of "saving" their own citizens who chose to live in a disputed area... ...
There is a lesson here for the colonialism of the former SU.
Those Russians living in Georgian areas are victims of the policy of the SU which sent ethnic Russian "transmigrants" to all parts of the SU, including into areas with different languages, cultures and ethnicities, such as Georgia (different language, alphabet, etc) Ukraine, the "Stan" republics and so on.
When the artificial construct known as the SU collapsed, then the lingering resentment over the SU and Soviet dominance, leaves those innocent Russian transmigrants in a difficult situation, as well as prejudicing the normal operation of the newly independent republics, like we're seeing in South Ossetia, parts of Ukraine and some Baltic states.
Similar problems happened in parts of the former Yugoslavia & Indonesia (Timor, West Papua, Moluccas, Bali)
There is a lesson for certain other countries too, just look at the situation brewing in Tbt and Xin-ji.ang.
Will China learn from others mistakes, or keep repeating them ?