Gary Schmitt and Mauro De Lorenzo, AEI | August 13, 2008
For democracy in Georgia to last, Georgians need to feel we have their backs; the West must impose tough economic and diplomatic sanctions on Russia. ++ This conflict demonstrates impotency of the global security order. ++ The West must show Russia it has a greater capacity to sustain a hypothetical new Cold War. ++ It is crucial that the EU breaks the Russian stranglehold on Europe’s energy supplies. ++ The greatest revenge for this invasion would be an independent, prosperous Georgia on a direct path to NATO and EU membership.