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(en) US, Boston, Anarchist journal BAAM #13 - Letter to the Editors:

Date Sun, 02 Nov 2008 12:22:00 +0200

There are considerable factual inaccuracies
in your article about the war over S. O. in your
latest newsletter. I noticed that this article was
only a paragraph when it takes considerably
longer to actually understand the real nature
of the crisis within Georgia. The author re-
lies on information about Georgia's borders,
in particularly, from a small Anarchist group
in Georgia when it's possible to look at a map
and see for yourself which nations Georgia
borders open.
S. O. decided to integrate into the Soviet
Republic of Georgia in the 1930s after sign-
ing a treaty. Previously, S.O. decided to go out
alone as S. O. has it's own language, ethnic-
ity and culture. S.O. was nationally oppressed
dually by Russian chauvinism and Georgian
chauvinism. After the treaty was signed, S.O.,
unfortunately, got fucked over. Georgia de-
manded that only the Georgian language be
spoken throughout the entire region and S. O.
cultural practices were suppressed.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Georgia
again spearheaded their territorial aims and
attempted to forcibly remove S. O.'s semi-au-
tonomous label, practicing close to genocide
against the people of S. O. At this point, most
people in S. O. had Russian passports. S.O.
were Russia friendly, considering Georgia had
oppressed them for decades. Clearly, it is not
apt to side with Georgian chauvinism or Rus-
sian proto-Imperialism, but, it is important to
side with the right of self-determination of S.
O., who clearly opposed being integrated into
Georgia any longer. Whether the Russians
helped them out or not is actually not crucial
to the debate. Even though Russia had her
own aims in securing a pro-Russia Georgia,
which was not overrun by Georgia, a country
aspiring to join NATO, Russia effectively up-
held the freedom of S. O. to separate from a
nation which had oppressed it for centuries.
The author also quotes that Russia is the
"only" country that recognizes S. O. as inde-
pendent, rather despairingly. Well, only a few
days ago did Russia actually recognize S. O.
as independent and that was met with jubila-
tion in the streets of S. O.
I reiterate. I do not side with Russia or
Georgia, but, I do uphold the right to S. O.
to determine it's own future and bless the
Russian Army for defending an oppressed
Yours in struggle,
Collective Manuel Marulanda

See also:
http://baamboston.org (not allways avilable)
Email: wordup (nospam) riseup.net

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