Lessons for the West from the Georgian War

The August war in Georgia underlines the fundamental deterioration in the
global political situation in the 2000s and the increasingly sharp choices facing the
democratic left. The easy bit is to condemn Russian aggression against Georgian
cities and there has been no shortage of Western political figures queuing up to do
this. The difficult bit is to recognise the Western responsibility in this outcome,
which is both immediate and general.

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