Tuesday, 12 August 2008

US War à La Carte

Last week, Georgia launched a major military offensive against the rebel province South Ossetia , just hours after President Mikheil Saakashvili had announced a unilateral ceasefire. Close to 1,500 have been killed, Russian officials say. Thirty thousand refugees, mostly women and children, streamed across the border into the North Ossetian capital Vladikavkaz in Russia .

The timing - and subterfuge - suggest the unscrupulous Saakashvili was counting on surprise. "Most decision makers have gone for the holidays," he said in an interview with CNN. "Brilliant moment to attack a small country." Apparently he was referring to Russia invading Georgia , despite the fact that it was Georgia which had just launched a full-scale invasion of the "small country" South Ossetia, while Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was in Beijing for the Olympics.

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This is yet another made-in-the-USA war. US President George W Bush loudly supported Georgia 's request to join NATO in April, much to the consternation of European leaders. NATO promised to send advisers in December. Not losing any time, the US sent more than 1,000 US Marines and soldiers to the Vaziani military base on the South Ossetian border in July "to teach combat skills to Georgian troops." The UN Security Council failed to reach an agreement on the current crisis after three emergency meetings. A Russian-drafted statement that called on Georgia and the separatists to "renounce the use of force" was vetoed by the US , UK and France.
http://rense.com/general82/frg.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 12th, 2008.]

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