Whatever Putin’s many sins — and they are legion — he has forced the West to admit that it just stopped caring years ago, and the world belongs to those who care.
Over the course of the last ten days, Margvelashvili has made the circuit of every major Western wire service, extolling the virtues of the West and reassuring Russia that everything will be just fine.
Today, Ukraine stands as the border between Russia’s expansionist drive and the West. Where does Poland fit in?
In fairness, nothing the West has done since the Bush Administration will have given Warsaw much confidence.
Tbilisi should focus its ambitions on joining the EU. The most important benefits of joining the EU would be economic: allowing full participation in the continental market and spurring capital flows into Georgia.
The Foreign Minister of Ukraine made crystal clear his Government’s view that there is no alternative to future membership in the European Union, even in the face of pressure from Russia and the ongoing economic and political troubles rocking the Eurozone.
There are some inspiring stories among the former republics and satellite states of the Soviet Union. The same, regrettably, cannot be said for the Uzbeks.