Saturday, August 09, 2008

A little perspective

posted by The Vidiot @ 11:33 AM Permalink

Do you realize there's a war going on between Russia and Georgia?
Georgia's parliament Saturday approved a request by President Mikhail
Saakashvili's to impose a "state of war," as the conflict between Georgia and
Russia escalated, Georgian officials said.

And what prompted this declaration? Seems that some Russian peacekeepers were killed in the separatist republic of South Ossetia, so Russia has retaliated. But why would Georgia do that? I mean, that's a highly provocative thing to do. Would you poke a big, giant man-eating bear like Russia? No, you wouldn't. That would be dumb. But, that's what happened. So now, at least 1,500 are dead in Ossetia and Russia is knee deep in a conflagration.

So who benefits from this turn of events? Well, if the US wanted to start a war with Iran, everybody knows that Russia now has a stake in that country due to it's recent contracts and that attacking Iran would be like attacking Russia, for all intents and purposes.

However, now that Russia is tied up in a war with Georgia, it makes it more difficult for them to intercede. The route that they would've used to help Iran is not available to them at the moment. Now, if you combine THAT with the ships that are heading to the Gulf, and Condi's recent wink and nod to Israel, well, I'm not resting comfortably. How about you?

Then again, you probably have no idea what's going on or at least the context of it. Why? Because it's been all about Edwards' trysts and the Beijing Olympics for that last 48 hours.

I need a hurricane and I'm not talking weather.

Update: More perspective. A blog from Ossetia.



At 10:38 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

I have a different scenario to offer; Of course IT'S ALL ABOUT THE OIL.

But it's about Russia wanting to control their oil pipeline and reconquer territories they lost when Russia became less than the USSR.

Things are complicated (e.g. Saddam was a bad man v. US Neocons wanting to take over oil) but my take, in simplistic terms is that Russia's leaders want to have/ensure global power ... again.

And China is laughing all the way to the bank.

Bush has taught world leaders that they can invade anywhere, anytime for any reason and the UN can't stop them or even have a condemnation that matters.

And now they can claim 'the US did it' why should we not torture, invade for regime change, and the catchall 'combat terror.'

And our shining light, our beacon of hope, our example for all the world ... doesn't have a moral, legal, humanitarian crutch to stand on.

YMMV, just my 2 cents.

p.s. The hurricanes are great, I even drank them at The Court of Two Sisters ... between shifts of being a barker for the Silver Frolics ... 28 years ago.


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