Friday, 29 August 2008

Putin Blames US for War

The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has shocked Europe by using the giant American broadcaster, CNN, to accuse his US counterpart, George Bush, of creating the war in Georgia as a plot to install John McCain as his successor.

In the most outrageous - and inflammatory - claim since the crisis in South Ossetia erupted earlier this month, Putin accused the US of provoking the conflict to help the Republican candidate - an outspoken critic of the Kremlin - in the race for the Presidency.

"It is not just that the American side could not restrain the Georgian leadership from this criminal act. The American side in effect armed and trained the Georgian army," Mr Putin told CNN.

"Why spend years holding difficult negotiations and looking for complicated compromises in ethnic conflicts? It's easier to arm one of the parties and push it to kill the other party, and the job is done.

"The suspicion arises that someone in the United States especially created this conflict with the aim of making the situation more tense and creating a competitive advantage for one of the candidates fighting for the post of US President."

While Mr Putin carefully did not name Mr Bush directly, White House officials quickly denounced his accusations - broadcast both on CNN and Russian television. His claims had been widely aired in Russia last week too..

The US government is under the control of warmongering neoconservatives who firmly believe that war is a necessary tool in furthering US interests abroad. Putin is right.

(Thanks to Dan for the link !)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 29th, 2008]

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