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Georgian ex-president and former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze speaks in Tblisi on May 12, 2009.
Georgian ex-president and former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze speaks in Tblisi on May 12, 2009.
(SHAKH AIVAZOV/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A post-Cold War world forgets its debt to Georgia’s Silver Fox

Quietly, with little of the international recognition he deserved, one of the most important figures of the 20th century passed away Monday at his faded mansion overlooking the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi.

There was no statement from the White House to mark the death of Eduard Shevardnadze at age 86, and nothing from Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Which is a pity. The world owes him a great debt.