Given the current status of the conflict between Russia and Georgia, we have been hearing many comparisons on South Ossetia and Kosovo, and on the Russian intervention with that of NATO in 1999.

I found a very good compilation of the reasons why South Ossetia is not Kosovo, thus making Russia’s case very flimsy.

But take this quote:

With its decision to recognize both South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent republics, Russia is bound to become a strong delusion in the eyes of those who thought that its opposition to Kosovo’s independence was based on principles.

I still cannot understand how people insist on believing that foreign policy is made on “principles”.