«Undeterred by such facts, Mr Smirnov, Transdniestria's leader, claims to detect a western plot. He has warned that "external forces" want to force Russia out of the region. While advocating reconciliation, Mr Smirnov continues to hurl insults across the Dniester.
Picking its way through this maelstrom, Russia is trying not to repeat past mistakes. Moscow-based analysts have warned against a policy "driven by irritation".»
«Another important function of Greek religion was that of purifying people from miasma. The Ancient Greeks believed that if you did certain things that were really wrong, you could get miasma, which was like a never-ending streak of bad luck. That meant that terrible things would happen to you (especially sickness), to people around you, and to your descendants. But, luckily, there were people who could purify you by performing certain rituals.»