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About the War in Georgia

August 11, 2008

It seems as if both sides are being assholes. Georgia invades South Osseta to reclaim a province that successfully broke away in 92. They attempted to use force to deny the Ossetans self-determination and independence. In other words, a real dick move.

And now Russia has used the Georgian offensive as a pretext to launch a massive counter-offensive that was nominally about liberating the South Ossetans, but is now clearly an expansionist landgrab as offers of cease-fire are flatly rejected and the fighting moves into Georgia proper.

Grave-voiced warnings about WW3 have become a tired from overuse in the past 7 years, so let’s hope the fighting stops in Georgia. If Russia expands their war to a general conquest of the former Soviet Union, things will get very scary very fast, and I’d hate to have to resort to cliche.

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3 comments

  1. You’re right about Georgia, but wrong about Russia. Russia has a right to be pissed off at Georgia and ESPECIALLY at US/NATO, considering NATO has bad blood with Russia since Russia thinks NATO is trying to isolate it a la the cold war, and the US gave the Georgian army arms and training.


  2. I have to disagree.It’s true that the Georgian government deserves a bloody nose for using the opening ceremony of the Olympics as a cover to launch a war of aggression against a small neighbor. And it’s true that our relationship with the Georgians has been uncessisarily provocative. So if the Russians stopped at moving into South Ossetia and protecting the Russian citizens who live in the area, that’d be one thing. I’d have no problem with Russia absorbing South Ossetia (so long as the South Ossetians don’t mind) and giving the Georgian military a good thrashing if they try to steal it back.

    But that’s not what they’re doing. They’ve moved into Georgia now, and they’re bombing strategic targets–like the Georgian oil infrastructure–that have nothing to do with protecting Russians and South Ossetians. Blockading the Georgian coast doesn’t help the Ossetians. The scale of the Russian reaction has gone way beyond proportionate reprisals and is into out-and-out expansionism now.

    Putin is an old school KGB goon, and he has a history of behaving like a bellicose 19th century imperialist. Trusting in his good will is a sucker’s bet.

    Putin is an old school KGB goon, and he has a history of behaving like a bellicose 19th century imperialist. Trusting in his good will is a sucker’s bet.


  3. Very true, but Putin’s not really in charge, Medvedev is, but that’s semantics since Med’s his protegĂ©.

    You were right: both sides are being assholes.



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