War in Ossetia, Day 1:
So, lets do a quick recap.
There is a separate ethnic group (thanks to reader turkey for pointing this out and my working at a library here doing a half assed job on my article...) in Georgia, specifically located in the South Ossetia region.
This group broke off from Georgia and achieved independence in 1992.
This has rankled the Georgians as historically they were lording it over the minorities such as the Ossetians and doing their best to be the imperialists... before the big dog on the block, Russia, came in and took them over.
Russia, trying to salvage it's position (Russia is no longer treated by America as a superpower or indeed even a regional power, as the naked oil grab in Georgia and other ex Soviet republics cum independent countries demonstrates), struck back with it's military.
And in this case, they are the (surprise!) good guys.
Georgian military grand offensive main aim was to ethnically cleanse the Ossetians from what it considers its territory, and to that end they bombarded civilian targets (villages, towns, cities - even the capital city) to scare the Ossetians into leaving - preferably into Russia, but it's not like Georgian government cares what happens to these people as long as they save face by reclaiming Ossetia.
Russians struck back hard with airplanes, tanks, airborne troops and whatever was available at the border.
Georgia is a future NATO member. One must now notice that NATO has turned from a defensive organization, with a charter to protect it's Western European members from a possible Soviet aggression in 1940's to 1980's, into an offensive organization, which aim is to surround Russia and prop up the ex Soviet republics, who are for obvious (historical) reasons afraid of Russia and its interference into their affairs, pro Western (effectively pro USA and it's neocon lobby).
To understand what role NATO plays now in the world, one must understand that the anti missile shield being installed in the Czech republic and (they hit a snag there, natch!) in Poland is placed there not against Iranian missiles (a quick look at any map will prove this point) but against (drumroll!) Russia (well, duhhhhh!).
NATO is now an American (and neocon) pawn in a global game of "lets grab the world's natural resources!".
It got to the point that Russia is perceived as so weak, that a local idiot ruler, the Georgian president, felt brazen enough to start bombing Ossetian civilians to make them flee for their lives (shades of Yugoslavia, where the USA supported the Serbs, riiiiiiiiiiight?) during the cover of the Olympics, when the world's attention was focused on freaks of nature competing with each other in various strange and useless disciplines.
And Georgia struck at Ossetia despite Russia having made it clear that the Ossetian de facto country is protected by them.
So, summing up the summing up, Georgia tried to ethnically cleanse Ossetia and Russians intervened to save those poor people.
So what is the US response?
AFP off Yahoo news:
McCain accuses Russia of bidding to wipe out Georgia
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Republican White House hopeful John McCain said Monday Russia appears bent on extinguishing Georgia's independence as he demanded a united Western front to protect the former Soviet republic.
The United States should dispatch "immediate economic and humanitarian assistance to help mitigate the impact the invasion has had on the people of Georgia," McCain said in a statement he read to reporters in Pennsylvania
Who was invading whom here?
I know that Americans have no clue where Ossetia is, or even what NATO is, or even what city did Obama make his political career in, but come on!
Is McCain this senile and old?
McCain says Russia faces severe fallout over Georgia.
ERIE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate John McCain, flashing his foreign policy credentials while rival Barack Obama is on vacation, warned Russia on Monday of severe, long-term consequences from its conflict with Georgia.
My, Russia must face severe consequences for its actions in Georgia.
The Republican senator from Arizona, who has made international issues the centerpiece of his campaign for the November 4 election, offered a lengthy discourse on the crisis in the Caucasus for reporters and cameras.
He said Russia appeared intent on toppling Georgia's pro-Western government rather than returning to the status quo in South Ossetia, which Tbilisi is trying to keep from breaking away.
So, in McCain's version of events, the Russians are the aggressors.
Why the hell did the Russians have to barge into Ossetia - couldn't they let the pro-Western Georgians kill those Ossetian women and children in peace?
"Russian President (Dmitry) Medvedev and Prime Minister (Vladimir) Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government's actions will have for Russia's relationship with the U.S. and Europe," McCain said.
Interestingly, there shall be no consequences for Georgia.
They are apparently the good guys.
Like the Kosovo Liberation Army, otherwise known as al Kaida front in Europe.
He urged NATO's North Atlantic Council to convene an emergency session to demand a ceasefire and begin discussions on both the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to South Ossetia and the implications for NATO's future relationship with Russia.
Hmmm, how did the last NATO and pro Western peacekeeping force do in a previous conflict?
The word Kosovo spring to mind. If I remember correctly, the peacekeepers magnaminously granted Kosovo independence from Serbia (even though Kosovo was ALWAYS a part of Serbia, from around XIIth Century or so) and the grateful Kosovars magnaminously granted the USArmy one of it's biggest bases in Europe.
Color me cynical re: Western peacekeepers.
And what did the decider say?
Reuters: Bush tells Russia to reverse course in Georgia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush pressed Russia on Monday to end its military action in Georgia, warning a "dramatic and brutal escalation" of Moscow's push into the smaller country would jeopardize its relations with the West.
Meanwhile, Georgia attacking civilian targets such as towns, villages etc will not, repeat NOT, damage its relations with the West.
"Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century," Bush told reporters at the White House.
Um, wait. Let me rub my eyes for a second.
There is only so much bullshit I can take, and it is rising above my head in this case.
The crisis began Thursday when Georgia sent forces to retake South Ossetia, a pro-Russian area that broke from Georgia in the 1990s. Moscow, which supports South Ossetia's independence, responded by sending its troops into Georgia.
Bush cited reports that Russian troops had moved beyond the separatist areas and into Georgia proper.
"I am deeply concerned by reports that Russian troops have moved beyond the zone of conflict, attacked the Georgian town of Gori and are threatening Georgia's capital of Tbilisi," he said after returning from a trip to China for the Olympics.
At least the Reuters article states the facts of the conflict correctly, despite the retard boy president's spin.
So, in comparison, in WW2, do you remember the USA chastising Russia for moving its troops "beyond the zone of conflict" and into Nazi Germany proper?
Absurd much, America?
Well, I guess when there is oil at stake, and to fuck with Russia, all is fair...
There ARE American troops in Georgia - advisors training the Georgian Army to make it ready to enter into NATO. I am still looking for an iron clad confirmation of Israeli advisors in Georgia.
So far I only have this:
Israel backs Georgia in Caspian Oil Pipeline Battle with Russia - DEBKAfile Exclusive Report.
The hit counter seems wrong - if I remember correctly, I was closing in on 300,000 hits. Now I am at a measly 140K. Consider me miffed.