US Attempts To Justify Actions By Its Georgian Puppets

The US administration has been working with Georgian and Russian leaders to secure a ceasefire in South Ossetia. President Bush told NBC TV that violence in the conflict zone was unacceptable.

Few doubt that the Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili launched an aggression against South Ossetia with the blessings from the United States and other NATO countries.

In recent years Washington and Brussels have been encouraging the aggressive moves by Tbilisi.

The United States, Britain, France, Israel, the Czech Republic, Poland and a number of other countries have been supplying Georgia with the latest in offensive weapons, including tanks, planes, strike helicopters and armored personnel carriers.

Reports by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute say Georgia’s military budget grew by 60 percent annually since 2004.

The Georgian army has been trained by American and NATO instructors, and hundreds of them are still working as advisers in Georgia.

The persistent effort from the US and its allies to drag Georgia into NATO made President Saakashvili believe that his country is one foot in NATO and is entitled to support from the West.

Significantly, the Georgian leader made the declaration of war against South Ossetia in English against the EU flag.

No wonder then that Washington, London and many other NATO capitals took no notice of who had started the aggression and genocide.

They consider it unimportant too that the Georgian army launched artillery strikes against the Russian peacekeepers’ headquarters.

More than two thousand civilians have died and thousands have been wounded or left without homes through Saakashvili’s fault.

Also, what the West refuses to bear in mind is that the Georgian leader started military operations the day after he vowed he would refrain from settling the South Ossetian and Abkhazian crises by force.

Nobody recalls Moscow’s persistent appeals to the Georgian president to sign a legally binding agreement on the non-use of force.

In fact, Washington and its allies are pursuing an aggressor appeasement policy by gratifying a puppet they are planning to use against Russia on post-Soviet space.

But in the case of South Ossetia Moscow has demonstrated that it can and will protect its citizens in accordance with the Constitution and in keeping with international law.

[Source: Voice of Russia, Moscow, 11Aug08]

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The Question of South Ossetia
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