I have come to believe that wars are inevitable. I suspect that it is human nature to do agression, intimidate, and fight with each other. For the last weeks or so, we have been bombarded by the news on South Ossetia.
This conflict’s greatest victim is not the pride of both countries’ leaders. It is the ordinary people who were hurt, ostracized, those collateral damage, so to speak.
“In the short term, none of this is likely to deter Russia from reasserting itself in the Caucasus if it feels inclined to do so. Together, though, such measures might give Mr Putin pause before trying anything similar elsewhere—for instance in Crimea, a part of Ukraine that is home not only to many thousands of Russians but also to Russia’s Black Sea fleet. The clearer the West’s displeasure, the better the chances of getting peacekeepers and monitors from other countries into Abkhazia and South Ossetia to replace the Russian troops which have been there as peacekeepers since the early 1990s, but which should leave as they are now clearly occupying forces.” The complete analysis of the conflict from The Economist.
There is also a domestic clash in southern Philippines, regarding creating a separate state for Muslim Filipinos by creating a specified area for their settlement equipped with their own government (autonomous). I have seen the news on TV and read headlines from news dailies about this, and just like the conflict in Georgia, the common denominator is always the collateral damage. People who are forced out of their homes due to the fierce fighting happening around.
“The death toll from the recent fighting between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces rose to nine as of Saturday, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said. In its report as of 6 a.m. Saturday, the NDCC said 22 persons were wounded while 113 houses were burned during the fighting, which started last weekend. At least 24,623 families or 164,973 persons from 64 villages in nine towns in three provinces had been affected, while 66 evacuation centers now host 6,467 families or 32,335 persons. On the other hand, diseases have begun to rear their heads in evacuation centers in Pikit and Libungan towns in North Cotabato.” Click here for the entire report from GMA News.