NATO’s First Line of Defense: It Shouldn’t Be Here

Washington Post

The tiny village of Ushguli lies in an emerald-green valley in the far north of the Republic of Georgia.

“Hemmed in by the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus mountains, it’s a jumble of slate buildings flanking a glacier-fed stream. When I last visited, local elders showed me around the medieval stone towers that dot the countryside. A millennium ago, defense was a self-help game, and families erected private fortresses to guard against vengeful neighbors and foreign raiders.”