There were just 70,000 people in South Ossetia when the conflict started, fewer than the 90,000 at the opening of the Olympic Games. Yet many saw conflict as inevitable, writes Timothy Phillips.
Very few people in the West had heard of South Ossetia before the events of the last fortnight; fewer still empathized with its people’s desire for sovereignty.
Perhaps surprisingly, our ignorance was mirrored by a lack of interest closer to the region, among...
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