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There are no military installations in
the city of Tskhinvali. In fact, there are no military targets at all. It is
an industrial center consisting of lumber mills, manufacturing plants and
residential areas. It is also the home to 30,000 South Ossetians. When
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the city to be bombed
by warplanes and shelled by heavy artillery last Thursday, he knew that he
would be killing hundreds of civilians in their homes and neighborhoods. But
he ordered the bombing anyway.
implies that there is an opposing force that is resisting or fighting back.
That's not the case here. The Georgian army entered the city unopposed;
after all, how can unarmed civilians stop armed units. Most of the
townspeople had already fled across the border into Russia or hid in their
basements while the tanks and armored vehicles rumbled bye firing at
anything that moved.
Journalist Michael Binyon put it like this,
Indeed, the Georgians left in such haste that many of their weapons were left behind. It was a complete rout; another black-eye for the US and Israeli advisers who trained the clatter of thugs they call the Georgian army.
Soon vendors on the streets of Tskhinvali will be hawking weapons that were left behind with a mocking sign:
By the time the army was driven out, the downtown area was in engulfed in flames and the bodies of those who had been killed by sniper-fire were strewn along the streets and sidewalks.
Many of people who stayed behind were simply too old or infirm to leave. Instead, they huddled in their basements waiting for the shelling to stop. It was a bloodbath. The city's only hospital was deliberately targeted and destroyed; another war crime. By day's end, over 2,000 people were killed in an operation that was clearly engineered with the assistance of the Bush White House.
Bush regards Saakashvilli as his main client in
the region; they are friends. He is America's cat's paw in the Caucasus. Saakashvilli's assignment is to try to get
Putin to overreact militarily and
demonstrate to European allies that Russia still poses a threat to their
national security. Fortunately, many Europeans see through the ruse and know
that the trouble originates in Washington.
The coverage of the western media has been abysmal. Nearly every article and TV news segment begins with accusations of Russian aggression concealing the fact that the Georgian Army bombarded and invaded the capital of South Ossetia one full day before the first Russian even tank crossed the border.
By the time the Russians arrived, the city was
already in a shambles and thousands were dead.
The corporate media - especially FOX News,
CNN and PBS (the smug,
liberal-sounding channel) - continue to operate like the propaganda arm of
the Pentagon. Its disgraceful.
If Putin applied the same standard as Bush did in Kosovo, he
would unilaterally declare South Ossetia independent from Georgia and then
thumb his nose at the UN. (Sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander) But
Putin and newly-elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have taken a
conciliatory attitude towards the international community and tried to
resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. So far, they have conducted
themselves with restraint and avoided any confrontation.
Political analyst William Engdahl explains the importance of the proposed system in his recent article, "Missile Defense: Washington and Poland just moved the World closer to War":
The new "shield" will be integrated into the larger US nuclear weapons
system placing the world's most lethal weapons just a few hundred miles from
Russia's capital. It is a clear threat to Russia's national security and it
must be opposed at all cost. It is no different than nuclear weapons in
Cuba. The timing of the announcement is particularly troubling as it only
adds to the tensions between the two superpowers.
It was President Ronald Reagan, the darling of the neoconservatives, who decided to remove short-range nuclear weapons from the European theater. Now, ironically, it is his ideological heir, George W. Bush, who is on track to restart the Cold War by putting a high-tech nuclear system on Russia's perimeter.
The younger Bush has already broken his father's commitment to Mikail Gorbachev to never expand NATO beyond Germany. Presently, Bush is pushing to gain NATO membership for two former-Soviet states; Ukraine and Georgia. If they are approved, then any future dispute with Russia will pit the United States and Europe against Moscow.
It's no wonder Putin is trying
to derail the process.
According to Raw Story:
So, it appears the Bush administration, working in conjunction with the
Pentagon, did have contingency plans for dealing with a flare-up with
Georgia. The real question is whether or not they planned to initiate those
hostilities to advance their own regional agenda? No one knows for sure.
Bush's magnanimity is not only suspect, it also creates real problems for Putin who will have to decide whether the offer is sincere or just a ploy to open up the ports and airfields so that more weaponry and ordnance can be delivered.
As Barry Grey suggests in his article "Bush Dispatches US Military forces to Georgia" the humanitarian operation could be a scam:
Grey is right, but what choice does Putin have?
His task is to avoid a military confrontation with the United States while demonstrating to his European partners that their future lies with Russia not America. That's the real goal.
To achieve that, he needs to expose Bush as reckless, petulant, and incapable of being a responsible steward of the global system. Maybe Putin will have to back-down at some point and swallow his pride; it makes no difference. What matters, is the endgame; showing that Russia is strong and dependable and will provide its European allies with oil and natural gas in a businesslike manner. That's the winning hand.
Meanwhile, the United States will be forced to take a long-overdue look in the mirror and revisit its strategy for perennial war.
Unfortunately, once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered, America's lifeline to the world is kaput.