John McCain on the Georgian Crisis

I have been watching with mounting concern the blatent and naked aggression of Russia towards it’s neighbour and sovreign nation Georgia.

Make no mistake Russia is gong for a regime change, a land grab and trying to nobble NATO at the same time.

Sen. John McCain has written an article for the Wall Street Journal and he echoes all of my thoughts.

For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call. After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence. Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.

Exactly. He then explains why he is suspicious of the Russian motives.

Two years ago, I traveled to South Ossetia. As soon as we arrived at its self-proclaimed capital — now occupied by Russian troops — I saw an enormous billboard that read, “Vladimir Putin, Our President.” This was on sovereign Georgian territory.

Russian claims of humanitarian motives were further belied by a bombing campaign that encompassed the whole of Georgia, destroying military bases, apartment buildings and other infrastructure, and leaving innocent civilians wounded and killed. As the Russian Black Sea Fleet began concentrating off of the Georgian coast and Russian troops advanced on one city after another, there could be no doubt about the nature of their aggression.

Despite a French-brokered cease-fire — which worryingly does not refer to Georgia’s territorial integrity — Russian attacks have continued. There are credible reports of civilian killings and even ethnic cleansing as Russian troops move deeper into Georgian territory.

Essentially Russia is annexing Georgia. Saddam Hussein did this in Kuwait and we went to war. This situation is almost identical. People in this part of the world live hard and Russian aggression makes that living even harder.

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  • Whaleoil

    and you point is what exactly? I probably know more about history than you ever will, I certainly don’t need to look up Wikipedia to know anything about Georgia and its place in the world.

    I subscribe to the Russia = Bad because they fucking are.

    They still invaded a sovereign nation and unlike your pathetic examples you provided before there were no UN resolutions to support them.

    Take your anti-US meme and shove it up your commie ass. Now fuck off.

  • Harpoon

    [quote=Whaleoil]and you point is what exactly? I subscribe to the Russia = Bad because they fucking are. They still invaded a sovereign nation and unlike your pathetic examples you provided before there were no UN resolutions to support them. Take your anti-US meme and shove it up your commie ass. Now fuck off.[/quote]

    My point is that the conflict deserves be undertood not as a just another regional squabble over ethnic identity. It is in fact a proxy war about oil and gas. I’ve provided links to support my claims. That’s also how the Iraq conflict is now proving to pan out, with recent announcments of privatises oil and gas drilling contracts favouring big US oil interests. Iraq never was about Saddam; it was about oil.

    This point is not an “anti-US meme”; just because the Bush regime avoids talking about this doesn’t mean you — a blogger in lil’ ole New Zealand — has to toe the Bush line. And if you think Russia is communinist you’d be wrong on that too.

    Re fucking off … reckon I’ll be off to bed now.

  • vogan

    The US is NOT going to pick a scrap with Russia over Georgia and McCain better watch it because if he makes too many bellicose remarks he risks looking weak or worse, he really intends to go to war over this.

  • Glutaemus Maximus

    Russia denied ever having been in Poti.

    The port on the Black Sea.

    Pinged by two journalist teams.

    They are lying scoundrels. Always have been and always will be.

    Georgia did not start this war. They stupidly poured accelerant on the fire. What they did was stupid and unproportional.

    What Russia has done is not only out of proportion, but frankly deliberate and calculated to cause maximum damage.

    The SO irregulars are bandits akin to the most evil Serbian Ethnic Cleaning Teams.

    Russia should be thrown out of G8. Don’t need them, and don’t want them.

  • Glutaemus Maximus

    From the Telegraph and Times.

    “Russia threatens nuclear attack on Poland.”

    Lovely.

    The Russian Leadership are total Bar Stewards.

    They could really show Helun how to run a proper Totalitarian State!

    Rank amateurs!

  • 3rdparty

    “In the 21st century nations don’t invade other nations.”
    John actually said this!
    \
    US in Iraq.
    US in Afghanistan
    Israel in Lebanon

    Too many dodgy Johns in this world.

  • 3rdparty

    Forgot to mention:
    NATO/UN/US in Serbia

  • Harpoon

    Cam, sorry if this is too long a post.

    It’s good to see that you’re reading up and learning a bit about issues in the Caucasus. I’m no expert either, but I’m interested too. The mainstream media have, in the main, been reporting that evil nasty Russia is committing some sort of dreadful genocide in a poor little country. Nothing could be further from the truth, and it would be great if more people made an attempt to understand some of the facts.

    Understand, this is all about oil, black gold. It’s a war by proxy.

    Look at the maps (BTW, is it wierd or what that all roads and towns have been deleted from the Googlemap of Georgia?), see where the oilfields are, the oil and gas pipelines (BP has had to shut down its gas pipeline through South Ossetia) and think about georgia’s strategic importance in control of oil and gas suplies. Where does it lie in relation to turkey, the Black Sea, the oil and gas fields of the Caspian Sea (hitler’s motivation for Barbarossa). Read some history. Even Wikipedia will be good enough.  This is not a conflict between poor little cuddly Georgia and massive monstrous Russia over the right to self determination of Ossetians. If control of oil and gas were not an issue, Russia would not give two hoots about the desires of those people. Read news about Georgia’s strategic important importance for oil and gas here. And check out the details of the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline here. With Georgia off the list or routes, who gets to clip the ticket on getting gas to Europe? Russia. Who loses? Europe/USA (= US/NATO)

    Plainly, it’s a strategic conflict between Russia and the USA.

    Now, understand the the President of Georgia was educated, cultivated in the USA. Gets direct support from the Bush regime. And Isreal; the Georgian defence minister is an Israeli, along with several other Israelis in the Georgian cabinet, plus there’s a load of Isreali ‘security consultants’ (read mercenaries) fighting for Georgia — guess why. US ‘security consultants’ too. For some time now, Georgia has been ramping up the potential for conflict between the US/NATO and Russia. US and NATO placing rockets etc close to Russia’s borders around oil/gas conflict areas (Putin complained about this a few months ago).

    And who stopped the shadow dancing and went military (ie, killed hundreds of people, mostly civilians) first? I’ll give you a clue; it wasn’t Russia. In the stealth of the night, Georgia attacked civilians.

    The next conflict? How about Siberia? After all, Madeline Albright said: ” Siberia (is) too vast and wealthy a region to belong to Russia alone.”

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