Three Cheers for Georgia!
Russia has as usual shown its true face, a face that only appeasement-artists, moral relativists and other nitwits failed to see before. I can sympathise with how sensible people must have felt when infamous old Chamberlain came back from Munich promising peace for our time (presumably having looked into Adolf’s eyes and seen something nice there). I mean what does it take for some people? Was poisoning a Ukrainian presidential candidate not enough; was turning Grozny into a mini-Berlin-1945 not enough; was inventing a new form of hostage rescue – being poison-gassed to death is much better for the hostages than the complex Western way of doing things where things like sanctity of life get in the way – not enough? [... continue for 94 pages or read LR...]
But despite LR and many other good sources, our, for the most part, nitwit governments and intelligentsia appeased themselves into a vegetable state and failed to get the message.
Still, Russians are nothing if not persevering and Pooty and his Teddy Bear persevered their way to greater and nastier abominations.
So today, after Russia’s act of international piracy*, I learn from LR that now even the New York Times has begun to see the light. And if that’s the case, then many, many others will be doing so too.
*I say ‘act of piracy’ and not ‘act of war’ because I am reluctant to call a country that was reborn after the USSR into a new bondage – one of thugs, by thugs, and for thugs – a proper country which can engage in acts of war.
At moments like this, good people want to do something. Old Burke was spot-on when he said: When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. And that ‘else’ is damn nearly what happened on this occasion with courageous Georgia the victim.
So three cheers for Georgia and the Georgians – because, thanks to their actions, Russia has inadvertently shown a bit more of its essence than would have been wise, thanks to Georgia and the Georgians formerly averted eyes have been drawn to the centre of the picture, and thanks to Georgia and the Georgians even our appeasement-artists have perhaps been moved to make more of a stand than usual against the Russian thugocracy.
And as for the good, we should associate. We could (and should):
- See to it Russia is thrown out of the G8 (by advocating it, writing to our representatives, and using any other such means to that end);
- See to it that Russia’s UN mandate to act as ‘peacekeeper’ in South Ossetia and Abkhazia is terminated. They won’t go, of course, but their banditry will then be evident to all;
- Georgia should be provided with a great deal of military assistance by the USA and European countries, in particular in the deployment of a serious anti-aircraft defence capability;
- Individuals can and should take such actions as buying shares in Georgian companies, visit the country as tourists (it’s a lovely place), buy Georgian products (great mineral water, interesting wines, etc)
- Boycott Russia and Russian products. (A bit difficult this, since the country doesn’t make anything much that anyone wants!). However, we can encourage a friend and do down our foe by insisting on Wodka Wyborowa* instead of Stoli for our vodkas on the side and martinis and we can refrain from going to Russia as tourists..
- Get our pop stars to boycott the Eurovision song contest.
- Boycott the Sochi Olympics (if the Russians don’t have to give up on it first because they can’t get the place ready.)
More suggestions of how we can show the Russian Thuggeration that it is beyond the pale, anyone?
* And it’s nicer than Stolichnaya in my opinion. See independent review:
by Kevin R. Kosar
Here’s one more reason to cheer over the end of communism- more vodka exports from former Eastern Block nations. Our office has been inundated with vodkas from countries that once were once under the Soviet yoke. And the Polish Vodkas, thus far, have been almost without exception superb. Wodka Wyborowa (that’s “vodka vi-bro-va”) is made from rye by Polmos Poznan, of, that’s right, Poznan, Poland. At present, it is imported by Austin, Nichols & Co., those folks who are responsible for, among other things, Wild Turkey.
The version I sampled was 80 proof and retails for a little over $14. Wodka Wyborowa is well regarded by vodka lovers and it lives up to its name- Wyborowa, which is Polish for “exquisite.” The rye comes through on the palate, as do notes of toffee and minerals. Wyborowa finishes very smoothly.
Highly recommended. (Rating ****)
My vodka should have cooled off in the freezer by now and I propose a toast to Georgia – hip-hip-hip hooray!