Mark Bailey's letter (Readers' Forum, Aug. 17) gave a fitting description of Georgia as it was 20 years ago. The problem is that Georgia is no longer ruled by a dictator and is continually progressing toward a free-market economy. Georgia is currently the most friendly of the post-Soviet nations. If we let Georgia fall, what kind of message are we sending to the world? That the United States no longer has the guts to stand up for its allies?

If we do not want to lose our position as a world superpower, we must do more than just talk. If it comes down to NATO sending peacekeepers to Georgia, then so be it, but we must not let Russia conquer or intimidate an ally.

Tyler Thomas

South Weber