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February 03, 2005

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jim

Bill - Interesting detail is that the heater was of Iranian manufacture and I read awhile back that we could use bases in Georgia and Azerbijan (sp?) to invage Iran. Just being paranoid...

Robert Mayer

Those are some things I didn't know. Cool, I will post about you.

Andy

Bill - Georgia is important to the US because of some of the issues you mention. But Abkhazia and South Ossetia are both heavily pro-Russian and dependent on its support for their very survival - you will find few al-Qaeda operatives making raids into Russia from these two statelets.

The Pankisi Gorge region, which is in Georgia itself, and boders Chechnya, is thought to harbour groups of Chechen terrorists. So far the Georgian government has been either unable or unwilling to take serious steps to uproot them.

See here for further information: http://www.eurasianet.org/pankisi/

Bill

Andy,

You have a good point, and I was not meaning to imply that South Ossetia is a base for terrorism (it is a Christian region). I was trying to convey the trouble of having a failed state, especially a former Soviet Republic, and given Georgia's links with the problems in Chechnya as you mention, I think it is important for Americans to pay attention to democractic (or non-democractic) events in the region. To additionally clarify, Georgia is not a failed state either. Thanks to all for your thought provoking comments.

Bill (Dawn's Early Light)

Andy

Georgia's a pretty confusing place. For further info on the region generally I'd suggest you check out The Argus - www.registan.net

One additional minor correction - I write Siberian Light (www.siberianlight.net). I have no connection whatsoever with EurAsiaNet, although I'd wholeheartedly recommend reading them too!

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