â€œObviously, America should encourage both countries to back down and resolve their differences peacefully,â€ explains Barr. But â€œthe status of South Ossetia, as well as Abkhazia, another Russian-supported separatist zone within Georgia, matters a lot more to Russia, on which the two territories border, than to the U.S. Moreover, Washington itself set a precedent for Russia when it intervened in Kosovo a decade ago, attacking Serbia to win independence for the separatist ethnic-Albanian majority,â€ notes Barr.
â€œThe purpose of alliances is to defend America,â€ says Barr. â€œWe should not create or expand alliances where the U.S. does not have vital interests. If the Europeans want to defend distant countries like Georgia, they can do soâ€”after all, the European Union has a larger population and bigger GDP than America, without any of Washingtonâ€™s other global military commitments. It is time for Europe to accept responsibility for its own security.â€
Obviously, I’m aligned with Barr on this issue. I don’t think getting involved in this conflict does us any good, especially when our recent past is checkered with pre-emptive conflicts that undermine our ability to speak with authority on this issue.
What do you think?