Staring Down the Russians

Zbigniew Brzezinski says the West must show Moscow it won't tolerate any attempt to reassert control over Georgia

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Fired Up Georgian soldiers run past a building damaged by the Russian bombardment in the town of Gori, just 50 miles from the capital Tbilisi.

The end of the Cold War was supposed to usher in a new age in which the major powers would no longer dictate to their neighbors how to run their affairs. That is why Russia's invasion of Georgia is so tragic and so potentially ominous. Russia is now on watch: Will it continue to rely on coercion to achieve its imperial aims or is it willing to work within the emerging international system that values cooperation and consensus?

Moscow's ruthless attempt to suborn, subdue and subordinate this tiny, independent democracy is reminiscent...

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