||One of the former USSR republics and independent
from Russia since 1991, has come in the limelight's. It's Head of State,
former foreign minister of the USSR, Edward Shevardnadze has asked and
gotten military help from the USA in its struggle with terrorist from Chetsnia.
A contingency of US forces have been send to train its military.
The Russians have expressed their displeasure with the extension of
the influence of the US into their former "province", however the benefit
might not just be the boxing in of Al Qaeda as these have interfaced with
the Chetsnian rebels, but in the long run a better economical positioned
neighbor can only be good for Russia.
Shevardnadze might aim for economical benefits for his country as Musharraf
got for Pakistan. Georgia's economy has greatly suffered from armed conflicts
with a separatist movement in it's North West.
If the side effect of the War on Terrorism is the economical and political
stability of Georgia, it would be a nice bonus. The country could develop
itself into a attractive tourist destination with its pleasant Mediterranean
type climate and it's west coast beaches on the Black Sea.
As a base for anti terrorism it is well situated: not to close and
not to far from Iran, Iraq and Syria. The USA is closing in on "Babylon".