Assume the Position
Saturday, November 23, 2002
So, who invited you? "Stalin's grandson says Stalin would never have allowed Georgia to join NATO."
TBILISI. Nov 21 (Interfax) - Stalin would never have allowed Georgia to join NATO, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, the grandson of Joseph Stalin, and who lives in Tbilisi, told Interfax.Invitations to join NATO were extended to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Who isn't on that list? Georgia.
UPDATE Nov 26, 2002: I suppose I should point out that the seven countries invited to join NATO are all members of EAPC (Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council), commonly referred to as "NATO Partners," and that Georgia is also an EAPC member. Dzhugashvili's comments didn't come out of thin air, but what Stalin would have thought about Georgia joining NATO is rather moot. Additionally, if anyone considers another Stalin comming to power in Russia, the actions Stalin would have taken to prevent Georgia from joining NATO are probably the best reasons for Georgia wanting to join.