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.

2 comments:

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...