BBC article analyzes winners and losers in war in South Ossetia, forgets the biggest winner

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The place where this monastery is located was the only real winner in the war in South Ossetia.

Here's a BBC article today on the winners and losers in the war in South Ossetia. It lists the following:

Winners
  • Russia
  • Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
  • The South Ossetians
  • Old Europe
Losers
  • The dead and wounded, of course
  • President Saakashvili of Georgia
  • The truth
  • The West
  • The need for a new start
I'm not sure I agree with all of these in the first place, but the article fails to mention the single clear benefactor of this war: Abkhazia. Here's where Abkhazia is located:

It's the other major breakaway region in Georgia. Abkhazia, however, wasn't the battlefield in this conflict. They pretty much just got to sit back and watch as Russia pounded Georgian military installations located in front of them, especially Senaki where they moved in, destroyed a military base, and moved out. A lot of Georgian ships were also destroyed in that part of the Black Sea, and the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia seems to be in the process of being taken back over by Russian and Abkhazian forces.

The Olympics are only going to be 25 km away from Abkhazia in 2014, and they're looking to capitalize on them when they happen. This conflict has only strengthened them, nobody is angry at them (except Georgia) like the rest of the world is at Russia, their infrastructure wasn't destroyed like in South Ossetia, and everything's going well for them. Abkhazia is definitely the big winner in this conflict.

2 comments:

Barcodex said...

Dave, you are so right... I think maybe other "unrecognized" countries are also benefitting from this war.

Personally, I would have nothing against having more countries on the world map. World gets more colorful, national identities flourishing, "unrest" gets substituted by at least "bad peace"... But for that, UN should reform itself, creating more mechanisms on preventing ethnic cleansing in newly emerged places... Or maybe human race is still not civilized enough to avoid this...

Barcodex said...

Dave, you are so right... I think maybe other "unrecognized" countries are also benefitting from this war.

Personally, I would have nothing against having more countries on the world map. World gets more colorful, national identities flourishing, "unrest" gets substituted by at least "bad peace"... But for that, UN should reform itself, creating more mechanisms on preventing ethnic cleansing in newly emerged places... Or maybe human race is still not civilized enough to avoid this...

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