As you read this, another corner of Europe has been ethnically cleansed. That means young men murdered, old women driven out of their lifelong homes, villages plundered and torched. As in Bosnia, so now in South Ossetia, with the butcher’s work largely done by irregular militias. These facts, established on the ground by brave and careful reporters, are the true human measure of Europe’s failure to keep its cardinal promise of peace even in its own backyard. They are also the measure of Russia’s deliberate, strategic challenge to the whole late-20th century way of doing politics and international relations that the EU represents. Do not underestimate the significance of this moment.
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