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    a festering conflict left over

    From Newsweek,International Edition.

    In the text below, what do the sentences in bold mean?

    In a sense, both leaders have been hijacked by history. The breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia was a festering conflict left over from the chaotic days of the Soviet Union's breakup.


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    Re: a festering conflict left over

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    From Newsweek,International Edition.

    In the text below, what do the sentences in bold mean?

    In a sense, both leaders have been hijacked by history. The breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia was a festering conflict left over from the chaotic days of the Soviet Union's breakup.
    The conflict in Georgia originates in the history of the USSR, Russia and Georgia - the leaders of Russia and Georgia are forced into acting within that framework.

    "festering conflict left over from" = When the USSR came to an end, and the internal states became independent, there were regions within the states that would have preferred either to be totally independent, or to remain with in Russia. This conflict is the result of that situation.

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    Re: a festering conflict left over

    In the sentence below, left over means "a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists"? Festering means that conflict became a big problem in the last years?

    The breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia was a festering conflict left over from the chaotic days of the Soviet Union's breakup.


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    Re: a festering conflict left over

    The former - it is something that was not resolved when the USSR split up, and had been simmering quietly until now.

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    Re: a festering conflict left over

    A bit of background: you might like to look up fester: Definition from Answers.com . You'll notice that the political meaning is the last of the 4 - its primary meaning was about slow (and possibly unnoticed) physical decay. Shakespeare wrote (94th Sonnet):

    For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
    Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.

    (The amazing web site of Shakespeare's Sonnets )

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