Thursday, May 12, 2005

Fighting Separatism Corrupts Governments

From the Politic comes this interesting quote in the National Post by Henry Srebnik, who teaches Political Science at U of PEI:

"This obvious, yet rarely articulated, fact struck me with full force when I heard an analyst comment on George Bush’s recent trip to the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He explained the “Rose Revolution,” the popular uprising that forced former president Eduard Shevardnadze to resign in November, 2003, this way: in trying to stem secessionist movements in two parts of the country, the government became ever more corrupt. Does that sound familiar?"