Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summer Cannibals

I’ve written here before about the refugee tragedy in the Middle East provoked by the attempt of a peripatetic mercantile people to restore their ancient homeland.

At the other end of the Caucasus, there is Abkhazia.

Which is a legally recognised part of one UN member state occupied illegally by a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

I was reading the Wikipedia article and it said something about ethnic cleansing, and I didn’t pay too much attention, since you know, there's a lot of that sort of thing going around, and then I saw the numbers. It appears the new Abkhazia has about one-third the population of the Soviet-Era Abkhazia.

The new Abkhazia snared the .org address; the folks kicked out of Abkhazia got the .com one.

You would think someone would think all this was interesting enough to put in the newspapers, just a little snippet of an article every couple of years.


Marco said...

Yes. It appears nearby Chechens etc. get the global publicity due to their more overt and suicidal tactics (tactics which I guess are meant to shine a spotlight on their plight). Perhaps, it is the responsibility of bloggers like us to report on these kinds of things in a more evenhanded way.

Dr. Clam said...

Good point! Sidebar link added...