For those who despair over the inactivity of the international community there is a slight slimmer of hope from the whole mess in
"The retreat from Gori, ... was as humiliating as it was sudden and dramatic. The Times witnessed scores of tanks and armoured personnel carriers, laden with soldiers, speeding through the town away from what Georgian officials claimed was an imminent Russian invasion.
Residents watched in horror as their army abandoned its positions after a day of increasingly aggressive exchanges of fire along the border with South Ossetia ... Jeeps and pick-up trucks filled with Georgian soldiers raced through the streets, their occupants frantically signaling to civilians that they too should flee. The road out of Gori towards
Soldiers left by any means available. Dozens of troops clung to cars on the back of a transporter lorry, while five other soldiers fled on one quad bike.
A tank had exploded on the mountain road leaving Gori, although it was unclear what had caused the blast. … Columns of Georgian tanks and heavy weaponry filled the road during the 50-mile journey back to
"Turkish Tanks and infantry pushed towards the resort town of
"20000 refugees flee
As in Gori so in
“War came early to
“On the approach roads to the town the last of the refugees poured out in cars packed with women and children… a jeep with two wounded national guardsmen raced through the town. The guards said they had been expecting reinforcement, They had no idea were the Turks were in their drive eastwards."
Unlike Gori Famagusta has remained under occupation; its affluent Varoshia suburb remains useless and in ruins. It's citizens are still refugees over 34 years after the events described above. It is fortunate that at least a combination of factors stopped the same fate happening to Gori. Just two days prior to the aniversary of the fall of Famagusta it is hopeful to know that the citizens of Gori were spared from the same fate. My thoughts are to suffering populations of both Gori and