Friday, 8 August 2008

Τhe Georgian example

Here's how it works:

Tinpot nationalist dictator of a country not fit to join the EU or NATO sucks up to the superpower by offering small contingent of soldiers in pursuit of said superpower's imperial adventures. Tinpot nationalist dictator – who happens to have been educated by the superpower – tries to punch above his weight against neighbours in pursuit of nationalist objectives, provokes a spat, then goes on CNN, saying this is not about 'us', it's about the values of the superpower – 'democracy' and 'free enterprise' – and calls in credit with superpower and expects superpower to come to his aid in nationalist war.

For Georgia, read Skopje; for Mikhail Saakashvili, read Nikola Gruevski.