The events of the last five months have brought home the dangers of a blase attitude for Europe. It is something of an open question as to whether that lesson has been learned. Georgia may be putting the question to the test.
As everyone has once again learned, Georgia lost control of its two longtime breakaway provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, during a Russian invasion in 2008. The actual sequence of events is muddier than most remember — Georgia clumsily tried to finish its nearly two-decade-old effort to retake the provinces over Russian “peacekeepers,” triggering a clumsy Russian attack marked by …read more