War has broke out between Russia and Georgia. On the surface Russia is making it out to be all about the break-away provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In truth, these provinces are pro-Russian, and desire a return to being under the socialist control of Moscow. Russia has promised to spend at least $400 million in 2008 on restoring South Ossetia's battered capital Tskhinvali, and is doing all she can to convince the world that the Russian invasion is all about those provinces.
Little is being said about the "ethnic cleansing," or about how Georgians in the provinces are being pressured to abandon their homes and businesses and leave the provinces.
The war has little to do with these provinces, in the end, however. The provinces are the excuse for the Russian military move into the region. The invasion of Georgia is really about bringing down pro-western Georgia. The attack is about Russia flexing its muscles and showing that it "can" do what it is doing, without international consequences. Believe me when I say that it won't be long before you see a puppet government, pro-Russian (of course), established in Georgia.
American support for Georgia's democratic government includes a humanitarian airlift to Georgia, and the threat that this military invasion by Russia may place at risk Russia's membership in world organizations.
For those liberal people out there (like Lance, Ken, Ballbuster, Tina, and Tom to name a few) trying to compare the U.S. invasion of Iraq to this military operation by Russia against Georgia, remember this: Saddam Hussein was a genocidal madman that killed for pleasure. Granted, he should have been removed much earlier, but was not because of his opposition to previously Soviet-backed Iran (enemy of your enemy is your temporary friend?). Mikail Saakashvili is a freedom loving leader who has the country of Georgia on the fast-track to economic stability, and NATA membership. Iraq housed a large number of Weapons of Mass Destruction that both Democrats and Republicans believed were there based on intelligence reports, some of which were shipped to Syria, some of which remained in Iraq. Of the WMDs remaining in Iraq, hundreds have been found. Georgia has shown the willingness to be a pro-western ally, and was even the third largest contributor to the coalition of forces in Iraq. Russia, the invader of Georgia, has a history of totalitarian aggression, and the leader, Vladimir Putin, is KGB and an old system hardliner. The U.S. invaded Iraq to remove Hussein, free the people from an oppressive leader, and then allow the people to vote in the leadership they desired. The U.S. goal is to eventually stabilize Iraq, and leave the country under the complete control of Iraqi leadership. Russia has moved in beyond the provinces they claim to be protecting, and will undoubtedly set up a puppet-government in Georgia in order to expand their influence in the region. History is the indicator of this tendency.
John McCain understands the complexity of this situation. Barack Obama pretends to. The evidence of each of their level of understanding of the complexity of this war is perfectly characterized in their responses regarding the appropriate American action that needs to be taken.
McCain stated that he believes NATO's North Atlantic Council should convene an emergency session to demand a cease-fire, and begin talking about a peacekeeping force for South Ossetia.
Obama said he thinks the U.N. Security Council should pass a resolution calling for an immediate end to the violence. He also thinks a U.N. mediator should join efforts to try to end the fighting.
Barack Obama, in that statement, showed his obvious ineptness regarding matters of this nature, which in turn proves he is not capable of holding the office of the presidency of the United States.
"How did I come to that conclusion?" you may ask.
Russia has veto power in the U.N Security Council. Calling for the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution is an obviously failed idea in that respect.
Point for McCain.
Obama, go back to planting daisies, painting peace symbols on VW vans, or whatever it is that your inexperienced, unworthy, far-left self does when you're not making an obvious dope of yourself.