LA Times columnist Gregory Rodriguez offers a model for Georgia's future that may prove the best the West can get, given its failure to protect Georgia from Russian rapine: Azerbaijan. A secular Muslim nation, friendly with Israel, it strikes a careful equipoise between America & Russia. Here is more data on this country, located at the eastward end of the Caucasus, on the western coast of the Caspian Sea, and north of Iran. A country of 8.2 million (91% Azeri, only 2% Russian), Azerbaijan's chief enemy is Armenia, having in the 1990s fought a war over the Nagorno-Krabakh region claimed by both countries; the war is now in abeyance, but may restart.
Lest this LFTC entry seem too much a travelogue, keep in mind that the Azeri capital, Baku, is the east terminus of the BTC pipeline whose westward end, 1,100 miles away, is the Turkish port of Ceyhan, on the Black Sea; the BTC pipeline transits via Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, and carries oil & gas outside Moscow's direct control. Oil was first discovered in Baku in 1890, before any "black gold" was found in the Mideast (first found in Persia--now Iran--in 1980). In 1946 Stalin sought to annex Azerbaijan and proclaim a pseudo-Islamic Republic; Harry Truman stopped it with a stern warning. If Putin moves the West will, in all likelihood, do nothing.