Down the 70s road and Ossetia and Georgia
Now I'm down the 70s road and this is one of the sweetest, passionate love songs by Ramses Shaffy and Liesbeth List. Eventhough there's no video to speak off, listen to this while you remember Ossetia, and the puppeteers at work;
Roots of conflict stretch back to Stalin
*Most Ossetians are Orthodox Christians, and live on the northern and southern slopes of the Caucasus mountains. Russia controls North Ossetia; South Ossetia is legally part of Georgia, but most of it is run by a rebel government that wants to unite with the north.
*Stalin divided Ossetia between the Russian and Georgian Soviet Republics in 1922, despite protests from the Ossetians.(divide and conquer, remember Tito and Yugoslavia?)
*Calls for reunification grew louder as the Soviet Union weakened and finally collapsed, and nationalism intensified in Georgia. Tbilisi sent troops to crush the rebellion, sparking a war in 1991-92, in which at least 2,000 people are thought to have died and thousands were driven from their homes. Russia covertly supported the rebels, and ultimately helped shape a peacekeeping deal for the region.
*Georgia says the peacekeeping format is being abused by Russia, which it accuses of financing and arming the breakaway government. Tbilisi says Moscow is destabilising South Ossetia and another breakaway region, Abkhazia on the Black Sea, to maintain influence in the Caucasus and undermine Georgia's bid to join Nato. Both areas, Georgia says, are rife with smuggling of arms, drugs and people.
*South Ossetian officials claim 65,000 people live in the territory; Georgia puts the figure nearer 20,000.
listen, if you would, to yet another Dutch song. Sometimes, not knowing the lyrics but having to listen to music is like being at a film; the music evokes, unwillingly, if done right, the right response.
Ramses Shaffy - Zing, Vecht, Huil, Bid, Lach, Werk en Bewonder (Sing,Fight,Cry,Pray,Work and Admire)
"For those who thought they were alone, to those, we all are in it together"