One and all, bag and baggage

“Let the Turks now carry away their abuses, in the only possible manner, namely, by carrying off themselves. Their Zaptiehs and their Mudirs, their Blmhashis and Yuzbashis, their Kaimakams and their Pashas, one and all, bag and baggage, shall, I hope, clear out from the province that they have desolated and profaned. This thorough riddance, this most blessed deliverance, is the only reparation we can make to those heaps and heaps of dead, the violated purity alike of matron and of maiden and of child; to the civilization which has been affronted and shamed; to the laws of God, or, if you like, of Allah; to the moral sense of mankind at large.”

The words that still reverberate was first penned by the British Primeminister William E. Gladstone, in his pamphlet, “Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East” (1876). The issue and rhetoric can still easily be substituted for the current Georgian crisis. Russians, one and all, bag and baggage, shall clear out from the province that they have desolated and profaned.

See: http://www.sos-georgia.net/ for the in-depth look at the conflict and sign a petition at http://new.petitiononline.com/557799/petition.html

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