Well that’s what the Germans used to call it: Back to the Empire. And now that Russia has no hopes that South Ossetia and Abkhazia will be recognized in any meaningful way by the international community (go Nicaragua!), and clearly wanting to go back to the future by going back to the past, and wanting to make it easier for all of the rest of us who don’t really want to be bothered with this Georgian mess anyway I suppose, the Russians will now see to it that the breakaway Georgian regions they recently broke away will soon become part of Russia itself – again. Then nobody has to worry about any of this messy recognition stuff anymore and we can all move on and continue to live in peace and love and mutual understanding and all that.

Or at least this is what one leader in South Ossetia is reported to have said, I should qualify. We don’t want to jump to conclusions here. After all, Russia is not one of those kind of countries. Although…

It would certainly be an elegant solution if you stop and think about it. It would be a lot like the way Hitler simplified matters for everyone a few years there way back when by “bringing home” the German areas which had been ceded from Germany after the Treaty of Versailles, thus greatly simplifying the map of Central Europe by reducing the number of said pesky German regions, regions which nobody much cared about or could properly keep track of anyway, and then of course simplifying matters all the more a bit later by reducing the number of non-German countries around Germany, as well. Before too long, a small child with a dull pencil could properly draw an accurate map of Europe with just two or three little flicks of the wrist.

I’m all for clarity myself. And I appreciate Russia’s attempts to make matters more, well, clear to us. I just find it peculiar that I appear to be the only one who sees what the Russians are trying to tell us here. And this bothers me a little because, like I said, this is all about recognition and I think Russia really needs to get the recognition it deserves. For what it’s done, I mean. Or about to do next, I should say. Oh never mind.

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