Russia as Abusive Ex, Georgia as Battered Wife
The trend of blaming the victim was there before Russia invaded Georgia; this current conflict was just the latest and most obvious example. Yes, it may seem absurd, but in the case of the Caucasus war, some are indeed blaming the victim -- and anyone who supports the victim.
Fred Kaplan, writing in Slate, does an excellent job of demonstrating the morally backwards thinking :
Regardless of what happens next, it is worth asking what the Bush people were thinking when they egged on Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's young, Western-educated president, to apply for NATO membership, send 2,000 of his troops to Iraq as a full-fledged U.S. ally, and receive tactical training and weapons from our military. Did they really think Putin would sit by and see another border state (and former province of the Russian empire) slip away to the West? If they thought that Putin might not, what did they plan to do about it, and how firmly did they warn Saakashvili not to get too brash or provoke an outburst?
Let me see if I understand here. An independent country such as Georgia, such as Tibet, such as say, Taiwan, has no right to autonomy. Because of their proximity to abusive bullies intent on owning them, they must shun freedom, shun democracy, and be a virtual puppet.
It's as if these small countries are a woman married to an abusive jerk of a husband. She can't leave. Finally, when the chance presents itself, she gets a divorce. She does what she can to change her life, but she can't move. She has kids together with the jerk, but she is stuck by his side.
Perhaps one of the kids even prefers abusive dad and he uses the kid to manipulate her. She know what's best for them, but what can she do? She tries to assert herself. This pisses her ex off -- how dare she take a stand and defend herself? He brings his gun over and attempts to kill her, for having the nerve to defy him.
And oh, by the way, he will show her friends and allies where it's at, too. He's above the law, because he's crazy and everyone is afraid of him.
Most are openly outraged at this jerk's actions. He's wrong. He's abusive. He's vicious. But some go after the woman for daring to believe she could be independent and assert herself. She should have known better. She should never have provoked him. Stupid woman. She deserves what she got. And furthermore, she's a complete idiot for listening to anyone who believed she could be independent.
The left in particular seems to repeatedly take the side of the abusive spouse. While they should be protecting the rights of the woman to wear what she wants, work at what she wants, and date who she wants, they always blame the victim when it comes to freedom and side with the aggressive, oppressive, dictatorial jerk.