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Former German chancellor Schroeder sees Saakashvili as ‘gambler’

Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2008

Earth Times

16th August, 2008

Berlin – Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has accused Georgia of provoking the recent hostilities with Russia by sending troops into South Ossetia and described President Mikheil Saakashvili as a “gambler,” in an interview published Saturday. “The moment that initiated the current hostilities was the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia,” Schroeder told the German weekly Der Spiegel.

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Why Russia’s response to Georgia was right

Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2008

Sergei Lavrov

Financial Times

12th August, 2008

For some of those witnessing the fighting in the Caucasus over the past few days, the narrative is straightforward and easy. The plucky republic of Georgia, with just a few million citizens, was attacked by its giant eastern neighbour, Russia. Add to this all the stereotypes of the cold war era, and you are presented with a truly David and Goliath interpretation – with all its accompanying connotations of good and evil. While this version of events is being written in much of the western media, the facts present a different picture.

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The end of the post-Cold War era

Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2008

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th August, 2008

On a day that China showed its firepower and set new frontiers for global razzmatazz, with about 80 world leaders watching and cheering, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games should have been Friday’s lead news story. But events in the Caucasus dictated otherwise.

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Putin Walks into a “Trap”

Posted by smeddum on August 14, 2008

Putin Walks into a Trap

By Mike Whitney

13/08/08 “ICH” — – The American-armed and trained Georgian army swarmed into South Ossetia last Thursday, killing an estimated 2,000 civilians, sending 40,000 South Ossetians fleeing over the Russian border, and destroying much of the capital, Tskhinvali. The attack was unprovoked and took place a full 24 hours before even ONE Russian soldier set foot in South Ossetia. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Americans still believe that the Russian army invaded Georgian territory first. The BBC, AP, NPR, the New York Times and the rest of the establishment media has consistently and deliberately misled its readers into believing that the violence in South Ossetia was initiated by the Kremlin. Let’s be clear, it wasn’t. In truth, there is NO dispute about the facts except among the people who rely the western press for their information. Despite its steady loss of credibility, the corporate media continues to operate as the propaganda-arm of the Pentagon. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. to take control of Georgian ports: Saakashvili

Posted by seumasach on August 14, 2008

13th August, 2008

TBILISI (Reuters) – President George W. Bush’s pledge to send aid to Georgia means that the U.S. military will take control of the ex-Soviet state’s ports and airports, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said on Wednesday.

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Remarks by Bush about Georgia crisis

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2008

A “vigorous”,”humanitarian mission to the people of Georgia headed by the United States military.” That sounds quite threatening and , of course, there is no way the Russians will accept it.  The tension is being  racheted up.

Yahoo

13th August, 2008

Remarks by President Bush in the Rose Garden on Wednesday about the crisis in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, by as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions.

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War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2008

 

Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research

10th August, 2008

During the night of August 7, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Georgia’s president Saakashvili ordered an all-out military attack on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia. 

The aerial bombardments and ground attacks were largely directed against civilian targets including residential areas, hospitals and the university. The provincial capital Tskhinvali was destroyed. The attacks resulted in some 1500 civilian deaths, according to both Russian and Western sources.  “The air and artillery bombardment left the provincial capital without water, food, electricity and gas. Horrified civilians crawled out of the basements into the streets as fighting eased, looking for supplies.” (AP, August 9, 2008). According to reports, some 34,000 people from South Ossetia have fled to Russia. (Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, August 10, 2008) 

The importance and timing of this military operation must be carefully analyzed. It has far-reaching implications. 

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Britain: Russia will face political fallout

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2008

 

“Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband says Russia’s assault on Georgia shows it can’t accept the Soviet Union era is over.”

No, Britain’s assault on Russia show’s it can’t accept the empire is over.

IHT

13th August, 2008

 

Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband says Russia’s assault on Georgia shows it can’t accept the Soviet Union era is over.

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Georgia’s Israeli arms point Russia to Iran

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2008

“After fighting broke out late last week between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Israel’s Foreign Ministry over the weekend recommended suspending the sale of all weapons and defense-related equipment to Georgia, the daily Ha’aretz newspaper reported”. 

Once again, we see a surprising and most welcome resort to pragmatism.

Peter Hirschberg

Asia Times 

14th August, 2008

JERUSALEM – With the eruption of fighting between Russia and Georgia, Israel has found itself in an awkward position as a result of its arms sales to Georgia. Israel is now caught between its friendly relations with Georgia and its fear that the continued sale of weaponry will spark Russian retribution in the form of increased arms sales to Iran and Syria.

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Ceasefire reached

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2008

“It’s quite normal that Russia wants to defend its interests, as well as the interests of Russians both in and outside Russia.

CIA or no, pragmatism rules now and Sarkozy shows himself alert to the shifting balance of global power.

Russia Today

13th August, 2008

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy have drawn up a peace plan for settling the conflict in South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has accepted the plan.

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Russians out of South Ossetia? Americans out of Iraq and Afghanistan!

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2008

 

The USA’s efforts to stop a European/Russian superstate

Christopher King

Redress Information and Analysis

10th August, 2008

Christopher King argues that the “US and NATO are behind the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia” but have misjudged Russian resolve. He says it is time for Europe to distance itself from NATO, which has become a US tool, and to choose whether it wants Russia as a friend or an enemy.

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