Great first-person reportage from Georgia by the estimable Michael Totten in City Journal.
“They are burning the houses. From most of the houses they are taking everything. They are stealing everything, even such things as toothbrushes and toilets. They are taking the toilets. Imagine. They are taking broken refrigerators.”
Sounds like the Red Army c. 1945.
“My husband said he was going to see his family,” she said. “And the Russians said again, ‘Are you going to the American side?’”
“So the Russians view you as the American side, even though there are no Americans here.”
“Yes,” she said. “Because our way is for democracy.”
“I am very thankful to the West,” Maya said as her eyes welled up with tears. “They support us so much. We thought we were alone. I am so thankful for the support we have from the United States and from the West. The support is very important for us.”
Feel guilty yet? The Volgi does. On the other hand:
“The night they came close to Tbilisi,” she said, “Bush and McCain made their strongest speeches yet. The Russians seemed to back down. Bush and McCain have been very good for us.”
So maybe something good has come of our tiny hints at maybe possibly somehow someday supporting Georgia.
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.