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Georgia, Like An Old Sweet Song

By on 8.12.08 | 11:09AM

Dan Flynn sums up the political debate over Russia's invasion of Georgia:

The same jingoes who smile at the thought of General William Sherman's scorched earth campaign through Georgia beat war drums at Vladimir Putin's ruthless campaign through Georgia. The same doves who loudly condemned George W. Bush for invading a sovereign nation tell everyone to shut up when we condemn Vladimir Putin for invading a sovereign nation. The same Putin who violently suppressed separatists in the Russian province of Chechnya now violently aids separatists in the Georgian province of South Ossetia. The same Americans who declared Kosovo a republic independent from Serbia decry Russians who declare South Ossetia a rebublic independent from Georgia. "The first casualty when war comes is truth," noted Senator Hiram Johnson in 1918. Hypocrisy, on the other hand, emerges unscathed

This song remains the same.

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