Chechnya and South Ossetia: Which is Better Partner?
For many years, Russians have used military power and financial outlays to forcibly keep Chechnya as part of Russia. Meanwhile there is another region in the same area - called South Ossetia - that wants to join the Russian Federation. My question to Russian leadership is this. Which region does Russia benefit from having as part of its federation: A region that hates Russia and wants to secede from Russia, or a region that loves Russia and wants to join?
This should be a no-brainer; and yet Russian leadership continues to insist that Chechnya should be kept part of Russia by all measures. This project has proven to be far more trouble than it's worth. Chechens know how to fight, and they have inflicted heavy casualties on Russian military on more than one occasion. And what has Russia gained through all this?
If Russia were to let Chechnya go, it would have a logical right to have regions that want to join Russia be part of Russia. Whereas, for as long as Russia keeps Chechnya by force, Georgia has the logical prerogative to do the same to South Ossetia. The results from both are disastrous. People's will is being brutally thwarted; and people who hate one another end up having to live in the same country, instead of either being independent countries or joining countries of which they want to be a part.
It's a lot like watching two unhappy marriages, in both of which the partners hate each other and make each other miserable, when there are others who love them and want to be with them. Chechnya and Russia, for one, is a match made in hell. Chechnyans are Muslim, fiercely independent, and very strong warriors. Russians are Christian or atheist and do not believe in regional independence. These two can only continue to torture one another, and Chechnya is expected to continue to vastly cost Russia in money and in lives.
So how about a swap deal that benefits the parties under consideration? Let South Ossetia join Russia; and let Chechnya go its own way. That way, Russia will have in its country the people who love Russia and want to be part of Russia; and the people who hate Russia and Russians will no longer be there to cost Russian money and lives.
Think about this. If a region loves the country, then it will benefit the country. If the region hates the country, then it will do everything it can to inflict harm on the country. Russia would benefit greatly from having South Ossetia join the Russian Federation. And it would also benefit from having Chechnya, which has been nothing but a blood sink for Russians for centuries, go its own way.
Divorce the partner who hates you, and marry the one who loves you. Your country will benefit greatly from the change.