Dear Non-Existent Readers,
I'm back. This topic really deserves a full-time blogger. I'd rather read one, but since nobody else will step up to the plate, I'll do what I can.
August 6, according The Guardian, a 75 year old Georgian woman cut off internet access to 90% of Armenia while scavenging for scrap copper. Sure! Did she use a backhoe? Haha! There is nothing too ridiculous for the paid press to print. Georgia/NATO is showing Armenia who is the boss.
On the 5th anniversary of the Georgia Russia war (can you really call it a war?), gunfire was exchanged by the Armenians and Azerbaijanis. According to Azernews, the Armenians were the aggressors, and the Azeris 'gave due rebuff to the enemy.' On the same night, an Armenian soldier lost his way and was apprehended by the Azeri authorities.
On August 9, senior fellow at the Cato institute, Doug Bandow, penned a commentary deploring the idea of admitting Georgia into NATO. Does NATO really want to fight for South Ossetia and Abkhazia? I would think not, but then I don't stand to gain anything either.
August 14, the Armenian Panorama noted that in the first meeting between Iran's new president and the Azeri speaker of the parliament, the Azeri flag was missing. Strangely, the flag has been absent, upside down, or mis-colored at various international events. Are they getting ready for a new flag? New boundaries?
Putin was visiting with the President at the same time, and according to the Panorama, doused Aliyev's desire for NK with a "cold shower." Aliyev has always maintained that 'all options are on the table.' In other words, Putin told him to fuggedaboutit.