Although I'm not a fan of using ancient history over much as an explanation for things going on today, I do think it has excellent entertainment value. So enjoy this series of links about the time when the Bear got its snout bloodied.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I'm talking of course about the Winter War in which a million Soviet soldiers invaded the recently independent Republic of Finland in an attempt to reassert Russian domination of that country. The parallels to Georgia are many. Finland had been under Russian rule for centuries (since Peter the Great). So some might argue that Russia had an inherent right to dominate the new Republic. But when the Bear came growling in the Finish forrest, the Finns fought back.
Tens of thousands of the Soviet invaders were encircled by quick moving Finnish volunteers in the frozen forests where they were besieged and largely left to starve. Hundreds of thousands of Russian died or were wounded. The outcome was ultimately a foregone conclusion (Finland lost 9% of their territory and much of their best farmland to the conquerers and still have not had it returned to them). Bert Q. Slushbrow can tell us a lot more about it I suspect.
Sadly for the Georgians they aren't facing Stalin's purged army. Nor are they lucky enough to have the trackless Finnish forests to fight from.
War is always a bad thing. But I do think it would benefit millions of people (not least the Russians themselves) if this adventure in Georgia would teach them that war cannot make Russia happy and prosperous. The Finns did their best to teach them that in 1939. Pitty Stalin wasn't obliged to learn. I suspect Putin is nearly as immune to popular constraints on his ambitions.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 6:01 PM