NYTimes reported Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent nations has filled people here with hope that other countries will follow. To outsiders, that hope may seem far-fetched; Western leaders have made it clear that they consider the regions part of Georgia.
How about North Ossetia, which is a part of Russia. If Russia feels so strong that South Ossetia should be independent, why does it not give North Ossetia it's independence, and then the two can combine and be an independent country. And then let the Ossetians decide whether they would rather be friends with Russia or with the West.