It appears that the Russians have advanced their attack beyong South Ossetia and are bombing Georgia proper. It in media it sounds like the old Cold War again. For instance, whoever is writing under the name fidel castro is supporting the Sovie- uh, Russians.
“It’s false that Georgia is defending its national sovereignty,” Castro said in the statement that appeared to reflect recent steps toward renewing Cuba-Russia relations.
“The request for a previous withdrawal of the invaders is just and our government supports it.”
As usual fidel can’t tell an invader from a defender.
Pravda sounds like Pravda of old, and, of course their attach on a democratic country is Bush’s fault.
In the meantime, Russian officials believe that it was the USA that orchestrated the current conflict. The chairman of the State Duma Committee for Security, Vladimir Vasilyev, believes that the current conflict is South Ossetia is very reminiscent to the wars in Iraq and Kosovo.
“The things that were happening in Kosovo, the things that were happening in Iraq – we are now following the same path. The further the situation unfolds, the more the world will understand that Georgia would never be able to do all this without America. South Ossetian defense officials used to make statements about imminent aggression from Georgia, but the latter denied everything, whereas the US Department of State released no comments on the matter. In essence, they have prepared the force, which destroys everything in South Ossetia, attacks civilians and hospitals. They are responsible for this. The world community will learn about it,” the official said.
The Wall Street Journal publishes today an urgent appeal from Georgia’s president:
As I write, Russia is waging war on my country.
On Friday, hundreds of Russian tanks crossed into Georgian territory, and Russian air force jets bombed Georgian airports, bases, ports and public markets. Many are dead, many more wounded. This invasion, which echoes Afghanistan in 1979 and the Prague Spring of 1968, threatens to undermine the stability of the international security system.
Why this war? This is the question my people are asking. This war is not of Georgia’s making, nor is it Georgia’s choice.
The Kremlin designed this war. Earlier this year, Russia tried to provoke Georgia by effectively annexing another of our separatist territories, Abkhazia. When we responded with restraint, Moscow brought the fight to South Ossetia.
What’s coming? We’ll have to wait and see.