The corporate sponsored mainstream Western media has been running headlines claiming, “Russia Invades Georgia,” “Russia Attacks Georgia,” or similar variations. The reality, however, is not only quite different, but the exact opposite.
It was the Georgia military supported by several thousand U.S. Marine and Army special forces that broke a stated “cease fire” within hours of their government’s announcement, attacking the Georgian breakaway enclave of South Ossetia, slaughtering almost 2000 civilians in the South Ossetian capitol. They did not “target” military units, positions or assets. “Civilians” were their targets to include the university, hospitals and residential areas with a massive rocket and artillery attack.
In response to Georgia’s massive attack on South Ossetia, Russia responded by sending in tanks and troops and bombing Georgian territory. What other choice does a modern “civilized nation” have? They cannot simply stand by and allow a genocide to occur on their own border.
Imagine if, say, Colombia invaded Panama, and rained bombs down on the many U.S. citizens currently living there. Would the U.S. act to ensure their safety? Please tell me why Russia hasn’t the right to defend its own citizens, and even to deter and punish Georgian aggression.
When America was attacked on 9/11 we went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Vice President Dick Cheney spoke with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. “The vice president expressed the United States’ solidarity with the Georgian people and their democratically elected government in the face of this threat to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to Cheney’s press secretary, Lee Ann McBride.
The “training,” arms and equipment for the Georgian military came from the United States and NATO. This has been an ongoing buildup for the last two years in spite of continuous warnings from Russia not to do so. It is this very “reason” that the Russians had several divisions already stationed in North Osseita in order to respond to any such attacks on the civilian populations and their peacekeepers in South Osseita.
Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili has been flooding Western media puppets with his great love of “democracy” and “freedom” and calling on the U.S. to intervene in the name of supposedly shared “values.”
What shared values do we have with a dictator that is busy rounding up his political opponents and charging them with espionage, as his police beat demonstrators in the streets? Apparently, US experts believe that the extermination of thousands of innocent people and the destruction of their homes can be referred to as the retrieval of the “territorial integrity.” Ossetian journalists wrote on their website that Georgian troops had captured a group of refugees from one of the regions of S. Ossetia, locking them in a house and setting the house on fire, burning all the people inside alive. Where is the media condemnation of these atrocities?
What the mainstream Western reporters aren’t telling you is that the South Ossetians (and the Abkhazians) have had de facto independence since 1991, when they rose up against their so-called “democratic” central government, which had banned regional parties from participating in elections.
Georgia and Azerbaijan who withdrew from the USSR in 1991, attempted to annex by force the unrecognized states of Nagorni Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia that were formed at the same time as Georgia and Azerbaijan themselves. In these unlawful actions they have been counting on the support of the world community which recognized them.
A low-level war has been in progress ever since, with President Mikheil Saakashvili and his ultra-nationalist party using the current crisis to divert attention from their repressive domestic policies and Georgia’s crumbling economy.
The very “reason” that there have been Russian “peacekeepers” in the two breakaway Georgian provinces for 18 years, is because of the very FACT of continuous Georgian military attacks on the civilian populations there.
How is it that our government seems to believe that they are the only power in the world that has a right to decide which government, anywhere else in the world, is or is not “respectable?” The real isssue here is not Georgian sovereignty, it is about “hemming” in Russia and putting western military assets on their doorstep, the types of which the U.S. will not tolerate in Cuba.
It’s no surprise neocon John McCain hypocritically portrays the Georgians as the good guys and the Russians as the aggressors, demanding that Russian troops leave “sovereign Georgian territory” without preconditions or delay. After all, when McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, has up until very recently been a paid lobbyist for the Georgian government, what else could we expect? It was Scheunemann who engineered the war in Iraq when he was a director of the Project for a New American Century, and it was Scheunemann who, after working on the McCain 2000 presidential campaign, headed the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which championed the U.S. Iraq invasion. In 2005, while registered as a paid lobbyist for Georgia, Scheunemann worked with McCain to draft a congressional resolution pushing for Georgia’s membership in NATO, thereby protecting the British Petroleum pipieline route coming from the Caspian Sea.
John McCain may say that he’s speaking for every American that today we’re all Georgians, but John McCain… you do NOT speak for this American.