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Georgia and Russia: Where Are We?

It’s been a month since the first Georgian attack against the civilian population of South Ossetia. Where are we? Here a brief summary, based on various sources (Il Sole 24 Ore, The Economist, International Herald Tribune / The New York Times, Spiked Online, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Riformista, The Globe and Mail):

  1. Russia: weak and insecure. It “needs” to prove itself otherwise, but then fighting soldiers don’t even have a decent pair of boots. With its strong internal problems, and a strong inferiority complex, it is pretty much isolated, constantly just two steps ahead of a crisis. For how long?
  2. Georgia: maybe a democracy, maybe not. Surely, it is not a solid democracy. There is too much desire for a fight. It is like a “Russia of the Caucasus”: same weakness, same inferiority complex, etc. etc.
  3. The EU: it has done well with its cease-fire diplomacy, only to revert to type and to its abundancy of stupid national interests. The whole is less than the sum of the parts indeed, making it vulnerable and dependent, despite its size and wealth.
  4. The USA: its own dependency on oil has reduced the one and only Superpower to a tired, failed has-been. Too many people in the control rooms still play like in the Cold War, and still think of revenge despite having won twenty years ago.
  5. The Rest of the World: orphans of a serious U.S. policy, they move back and forth waiting to see what the consequences will be.
  6. Several commentators: all involved in the game of historical equivalence. Some say it’s 1968 all over again, some point 1956, others to 1938. I say it’s 1919. In any case, I have read quite a few pernicious, interventionist ideas, in a chaos of ideals without purpose.

2 replies on “Georgia and Russia: Where Are We?”

Russia is a Superpower again as the United States, CNN (as stated here on CNN August 1, 2008) and other news media’s have admitted http://www.kommersant.com/page.asp?id=768929 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8dNr2GH08I, this is an NATO expansion war. US former president Ronald Reagan promise Russia there would be no NATO expansion into post Soviet Union countries back 1989 which has clearly been violated. NATO is the new cold war, they are expanding and we cannot trust NATO. NATO is evil and Russia is the ally here. People need to Google the truth about what NATO means and what relation is NATO, EU & Bilderberg together. I support Russia and I am against NATO, NATO is the enemy here. NATO wants to expand membership and spread every they can into more countries. NATO is about building a military block and when countries apply for NATO membership, they wave their rights to protect themselves or governored themselves but are under the rules of NATO. It is a communist movement on a private sector by NATO and this is wrong. Russia & China has been dead set against NATO and this is why. I want Russia to make its stance and stand against NATO, this evil lying agency that has no business taking countries rights away.

Who start this conflick? Georgia, NATO & the US, read link by Pat Buchanan : http://www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan94.html and this video link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBRl-BvKJII

And read what Ron Paul has said about NATO pushing into Russia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyJiWYmXGLY

Here is a couple of Americans living in Georgia admitting Georgia & the US started the conflicts with Russia and that Georgia was indeed killing Russian people inside of Georgia. Something the US bilderberg media is not going to air on US television news channels.

We have to understand that Russia is protecting itself from NATO.

NATO is an organization whose purpose ended with the end of its Warsaw Pact adversary. When NATO struggled to define its future after the Cold War, it settled on attacking a sovereign state, Yugoslavia, which had neither invaded nor threatened any NATO member state.

This current round of NATO expansion is a political reward to governments in Georgia and Ukraine that came to power as a result of US-supported revolutions, the so-called Orange Revolution and Rose Revolution. The governments that arose from these street protests were eager to please their US sponsor and the US, in turn, turned a blind eye to the numerous political and human rights abuses that took place under the new regimes. Thus the US policy of “exporting democracy” has only succeeding in exporting more misery to the countries it has targeted.

NATO expansion only benefits the US military industrial complex, which stands to profit from expanded arms sales to new NATO members. The “modernization” of former Soviet militaries in Ukraine and Georgia will mean tens of millions in sales to US and European military contractors. The US taxpayer will be left holding the bill, as the US government will subsidize most of the transactions. Providing US military guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia can only further strain our military. This NATO expansion may well involve the US military in conflicts as unrelated to our national interest as the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia. The idea that American troops might be forced to fight and die to prevent a small section of Georgia from seceding is absurd and disturbing.

By Congressman Ron Paul: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2008/04/01/ron-paul-disband-nato/

So I have provided these facts below to state Russia is indeed a Superpower.

The Russian empire strikes back 16/08/2008
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1011861.html

Russia confident they are a Superpower again
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/world/europe/15russia.html?scp=1&sq=russia%20superpower%20anne%20barnard&st=cse

THE OUTLOOK ON A TRIPLE-SUPERPOWER WORLD
The Christian Science Monitor
By Helena Cobban from the August 22, 2008 edition
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0822/p09s03-coop.html

Georgia: a return to superpower misbehaviour
The First Post August 21, 2008
http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/45162,opinion,georgia-a-return-to-superpower-misbehaviour

Merkel’s Most Serious Foreign Policy Crisis: Superpower Flexes its Muscles: 08/18/2008
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,572726,00.html
U.S. worries Russia returning to its past
Bush administration struggles for right response to Russia’s aggression
Updated 9:39 a.m. PT, Sun., Aug. 17, 2008
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26253358

CNN NEWSROOM
Russia Attacks Neighbor; Return of a Superpower; Interview With Sergei Ivanov, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister
Aired August 11, 2008 – 11:00 ET
http://www.transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0808/11/cnr.03.html

A Superpower Is Reborn
The New York Times
By RONALD STEEL Published: August 24, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/opinion/24steel.html

Superpower swoop : New Statesman
Misha Glenny
Published 14 August 2008
http://www.newstatesman.com/europe/2008/08/georgia-russia-ukraine-cheney

US worries Russia returning to authoritarian past
By the Associated Press
http://www.wokv.com/common/ap/2008/08/17/D92K3M7O0.html

Russians are confident their nation is back as a Superpower
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2008/08/15/russians_are_confident_their_nation_is_back/
Superpower Russia
Published: 8/12/2008
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=246638

John Roughan: So much for sole superpower
5:00AM Saturday August 16, 2008 New Zealand Herald
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/466/story.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10527278&pnum=2

Danger of Cold War
August 18, 2008: The FINANCIAL
http://www.finchannel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18207&Itemid=14

Washington Acknowledges Russia as Superpower
May 27, 2007
http://www.kommersant.com/page.asp?id=768929

Putin’s Paranoid Bear Sharpens Its Claws
The Scotsman: August 18, 2008
http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977424041

The Red Army marches again: Dailymail
By PETER HITCHENS
Last updated at 22:48 10 May 2008
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-565421/The-Red-Army-marches–I-fear-futures-says-Peter-Hitchens.html

Washington Acknowledges Russia as Superpower
Kommersant: May 26, 2007
http://www.kommersant.com/page.asp?id=768929

Russia in the 21st Century: The Prodigal Superpower
http://www.books.google.com/books?id=eC6HdSYZhRgC&dq=Russia+in+the+21st+Century:+The+Prodigal+Superpower&pg=PP1&ots=AD3lnsFUdL&sig=XZZre_9YuBdKtxp7k0CmeylD9dQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPR9,M1

http://www.amazon.com/Russia-21st-Century-Prodigal-Superpower/dp/0521545293/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219706181&sr=1-3
Global Warming, the Arctic Thaw and the New Cold War
Why Russia’s Incursion Into Georgia Bodes Ill for the Climate
August 18, 2008
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/shapley/arctic-thaw-47081802

U.S. No More The Only Super Power
Michael Webster, Investigative Reporter: American Chronicle
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/71513

Russia is a Superpower again as the United States, CNN (as stated here on CNN August 1, 2008) and other news media’s have admitted http://www.kommersant.com/page.asp?id=768929 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8dNr2GH08I, this is an NATO expansion war. US former president Ronald Reagan promise Russia there would be no NATO expansion into post Soviet Union countries back 1989 which has clearly been violated. NATO is the new cold war, they are expanding and we cannot trust NATO. NATO is evil and Russia is the ally here. People need to Google the truth about what NATO means and what relation is NATO, EU & Bilderberg together. I support Russia and I am against NATO, NATO is the enemy here. NATO wants to expand membership and spread every they can into more countries. NATO is about building a military block and when countries apply for NATO membership, they wave their rights to protect themselves or governored themselves but are under the rules of NATO. It is a communist movement on a private sector by NATO and this is wrong. Russia & China has been dead set against NATO and this is why. I want Russia to make its stance and stand against NATO, this evil lying agency that has no business taking countries rights away.

Who start this conflick? Georgia, NATO & the US, read link by Pat Buchanan :http://www.lewrockwell.com/buchanan/buchanan94.html and this video link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBRl-BvKJII

And read what Ron Paul has said about NATO pushing into Russia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyJiWYmXGLY

Here is a couple of Americans living in Georgia admitting Georgia & the US started the conflicts with Russia and that Georgia was indeed killing Russian people inside of Georgia. Something the US bilderberg media is not going to air on US television news channels.

We have to understand that Russia is protecting itself from NATO.

NATO is an organization whose purpose ended with the end of its Warsaw Pact adversary. When NATO struggled to define its future after the Cold War, it settled on attacking a sovereign state, Yugoslavia, which had neither invaded nor threatened any NATO member state.

This current round of NATO expansion is a political reward to governments in Georgia and Ukraine that came to power as a result of US-supported revolutions, the so-called Orange Revolution and Rose Revolution. The governments that arose from these street protests were eager to please their US sponsor and the US, in turn, turned a blind eye to the numerous political and human rights abuses that took place under the new regimes. Thus the US policy of “exporting democracy” has only succeeding in exporting more misery to the countries it has targeted.

NATO expansion only benefits the US military industrial complex, which stands to profit from expanded arms sales to new NATO members. The “modernization” of former Soviet militaries in Ukraine and Georgia will mean tens of millions in sales to US and European military contractors. The US taxpayer will be left holding the bill, as the US government will subsidize most of the transactions. Providing US military guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia can only further strain our military. This NATO expansion may well involve the US military in conflicts as unrelated to our national interest as the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia. The idea that American troops might be forced to fight and die to prevent a small section of Georgia from seceding is absurd and disturbing.

By Congressman Ron Paul: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2008/04/01/ron-paul-disband-nato/

So I have provided these facts below to state Russia is indeed a Superpower.

The Russian empire strikes back 16/08/2008
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1011861.html

Russia confident they are a Superpower again
nytimes.com/2008/08/15/world/europe/15russia.html?scp=1&sq=russia%20superpower%20anne%20barnard&st=cse

THE OUTLOOK ON A TRIPLE-SUPERPOWER WORLD
The Christian Science Monitor
By Helena Cobban from the August 22, 2008 edition
csmonitor.com/2008/0822/p09s03-coop.html

Georgia: a return to superpower misbehaviour
The First Post August 21, 2008
thefirstpost.co.uk/45162,opinion,georgia-a-return-to-superpower-misbehaviour

Merkel’s Most Serious Foreign Policy Crisis: Superpower Flexes its Muscles: 08/18/2008
spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,572726,00.html
U.S. worries Russia returning to its past
Bush administration struggles for right response to Russia’s aggression
Updated 9:39 a.m. PT, Sun., Aug. 17, 2008
msnbc.msn.com/id/26253358

CNN NEWSROOM
Russia Attacks Neighbor; Return of a Superpower; Interview With Sergei Ivanov, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister
Aired August 11, 2008 – 11:00 ET
transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0808/11/cnr.03.html

A Superpower Is Reborn
The New York Times
By RONALD STEEL Published: August 24, 2008
nytimes.com/2008/08/24/opinion/24steel.html

Superpower swoop : New Statesman
Misha Glenny
Published 14 August 2008
newstatesman.com/europe/2008/08/georgia-russia-ukraine-cheney

US worries Russia returning to authoritarian past
By the Associated Press
wokv.com/common/ap/2008/08/17/D92K3M7O0.html

Russians are confident their nation is back as a Superpower
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2008/08/15/russians_are_confident_their_nation_is_back/
Superpower Russia
Published: 8/12/2008
turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=246638

John Roughan: So much for sole superpower
5:00AM Saturday August 16, 2008 New Zealand Herald
nzherald.co.nz/section/466/story.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10527278&pnum=2

Danger of Cold War
August 18, 2008: The FINANCIAL
finchannel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18207&Itemid=14

Washington Acknowledges Russia as Superpower
May 27, 2007
kommersant.com/page.asp?id=768929

Putin’s Paranoid Bear Sharpens Its Claws
The Scotsman: August 18, 2008
gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977424041

The Red Army marches again: Dailymail
By PETER HITCHENS
Last updated at 22:48 10 May 2008
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-565421/The-Red-Army-marches–I-fear-futures-says-Peter-Hitchens.html

Washington Acknowledges Russia as Superpower
Kommersant: May 26, 2007
kommersant.com/page.asp?id=768929

Russia in the 21st Century: The Prodigal Superpower
books.google.com/books?id=eC6HdSYZhRgC&dq=Russia+in+the+21st+Century:+The+Prodigal+Superpower&pg=PP1&ots=AD3lnsFUdL&sig=XZZre_9YuBdKtxp7k0CmeylD9dQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPR9,M1

amazon.com/Russia-21st-Century-Prodigal-Superpower/dp/0521545293/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219706181&sr=1-3
Global Warming, the Arctic Thaw and the New Cold War
Why Russia’s Incursion Into Georgia Bodes Ill for the Climate
August 18, 2008
thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/shapley/arctic-thaw-47081802

U.S. No More The Only Super Power
Michael Webster, Investigative Reporter: American Chronicle
americanchronicle.com/articles/71513

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