Tag Archives: South Ossetia

Japan-China Crisis Is A Huge Geopolitical Problem – Business Insider

China and Japan appear to be on the verge of a shooting war over some tiny islands that are the subject of a territorial dispute.

Tension between these countries is escalating irrespective of the islands, and it is a matter of immense national concern for the United States and the rest of the world.

Yesterday in Davos, I sat down with Ian Bremmer, the president of geopolitical consulting firm Eurasia Group, to get his take on the situation.

Now he comes into a context where the U.S. is already acting in a way that’s concerned about a Chinese challenge in the region. It’s the single biggest strategic effort that the Obama administration has engaged in, from a foreign policy perspective.

And you have to think that the Chinese are going to see all this as provocative. The real question is, to what extent is the Chinese government prepared to respond in an escalatory fashion? Is this Russia vs. Georgia? A little bit, right. Are you poking the bear?

And I don’t know the answer to that, but I suspect it’s not good.

A couple of quick points on that:

Do you remember the Russia-Georgia war? That was were Russia threatened the West with war – effectively nuclear war – if they interfered.

Military help for Georgia is a ‘declaration of war’, says Moscow in extraordinary

Moscow has issued an extraordinary warning to the West that military assistance to Georgia for use against South Ossetia or Abkhazia would be viewed as a “declaration of war” by Russia.

The extreme rhetoric from the Kremlin’s envoy to NATO came as President Dmitry Medvedev stressed he will make a military response to US missile defence installations in eastern Europe, sending new shudders across countries whose people were once blighted by the Iron Curtain.

Military help for Georgia is a ‘declaration of war’, says Moscow in extraordinary warning to the West | Mail Online

The Mugging of Ambassador McFaul – Alex Alexiev – National Review Online

Designed ostensibly for three main purposes — to secure Russian cooperation in thwarting the nuclear ambitions of Iran, promote disarmament, and assure supplies to Afghanistan from the north — the “reset” policy has failed miserably, with the partial exception of the last item. Russia now protects Iran’s nuclear ambitions rather openly. It also supports and arms the genocidal regime in Syria, and has succeeded in postponing missile defense in Europe, to the great detriment of our relations with the pro-American Eastern Europeans. It continues to display its neo-imperialist designs, from South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia to Transnistria in Moldova, as well as in its new Eurasian Union scheme.

The Mugging of Ambassador McFaul – Alex Alexiev – National Review Online

Putin, Russia & the West: The War [Russia-Georgia War] – YouTube

This video reveals just how close to war America and Russia came. It had never been closer.

If the major powers have only known peace between each other since 1945, then how is it possible that World War III almost occurred over Georgia? If the longer you have peace then the more peace you will have, how is it possible to interrupt peace?

Moscow has issued an extraordinary warning to the West that military assistance to Georgia for use against South Ossetia or Abkhazia would be viewed as a “declaration of war” by Russia.

The extreme rhetoric from the Kremlin’s envoy to NATO came as President Dmitry Medvedev stressed he will make a military response to US missile defence installations in eastern Europe, sending new shudders across countries whose people were once blighted by the Iron Curtain.

Military help for Georgia is a ‘declaration of war’, says Moscow in extraordinary warning to the West | Mail Online

Doesn’t the entire concept of nuclear war now between America and Russia go against everything you know? Yet, there it is. It almost happened.

Could it be that the longer there is peace then the closer one is to war? In other words, the world does not work the way most people think it should. At a time when all the generations who have known war have mostly died out along with their wisdom, the surviving generations have become susceptible to war 

The third episode tells how, in August 2008, Russia went to war with America’s ally, Georgia. Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev and Georgia’s president Mikheil Saakashvili reveal why each decided it was necessary to make war on the other.

Former American secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former secretary of defense Robert Gates describe what happened inside the National Security Council as President Bush considered whether to send in ground troops to save Georgia’s capital. They reveal just how near to war the conflict brought the two nuclear super-powers.

Putin, Russia & the West: The War – YouTube

Russian Bungling: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to South Ossetia

You remember South Ossetia, right? That was the region carved out of Georgia in the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Apparently, what should have a cake-walk was badly screwed up by Russia. The candidate favored by Russia lost the election due to incompetence by everybody. The winner actually loves Russia too, but she wasn’t who Russia wanted.

Winning elections is a science in Russia, though not a particularly elegant one. The term polit-tekhnolog (“political technologist”) is, after all, a Russian neologism. There are well-paid teams of them in Moscow who do nothing but hatch ways to confuse voters, skew results and, when necessary, stuff the ballot box. Reports of their handiwork have been rife ahead of Russia’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, calling to mind the country’s unofficial electoral mantra, which is usually attributed to Stalin: “It’s not important how they vote. It’s important who is counting.” So with all this experience to draw from, with all these technologists available to help, how did Moscow manage to screw up the ballot last weekend in the tiny Russian vassal state of South Ossetia?

The confusion between Russia and South Ossetia – TIME

OpEdNews – Article: U.S. Arms Persian Gulf Allies For Conflict With Iran

The article below is an alternate view of how the world works. Our good buddy Rick Rozoff pretty much blames the US and the west for all the world’s problems. This is an excellent example of how the left thinks. The successful must be torn down – they are not successful after all. Bad boys are lifted up – the bad boys are not so bad after all. In the end we all meet in the middle.

Washington is using the Persian Gulf Arab monarchies to act as surrogates for its own interests against Iran as it is with Georgia against Russia [21] and the Philippines vis-a-vis China. (NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the North Atlantic Council just returned from Georgia, the second such visit a NATO chief and the bloc’s 28 ambassadors have paid, the first occurring the month after Georgia invaded South Ossetia in August 2008, provoking a five-day war with Russia. Late last month 2,000 U.S. and 1,000 Filipino marines participated in combat drills near the Spratly Islands, which are contested by the Philippines and China.

Even if the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and their GCC partners don’t launch unprovoked strikes against Iranian nuclear and military sites, a provocation staged, say, by the UAE around the oil-rich island of Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf (frequently referred to by U.S. officials as the Arabian Gulf in a direct affront and challenge to Iran), administered by Iran but claimed by the UAE, will be casus belli enough for the GCC and through it the Arab League it controls. From there, as with Libya earlier this year, the U.S. and its NATO allies will take up cudgels on behalf of the “threatened” Arab Gulf states and enter the lists against Iran.

OpEdNews – Article: U.S. Arms Persian Gulf Allies For Conflict With Iran

Who Started the 2008 Russia-Georgia War? | Moscow Times

The short answer is that Georgia started the war but was set up by Russia. Georgia blew it by starting the war. It was warned by the US not to do anything stupid, but it just couldn’t help itself. Take a look at how Russia set up Georgia:

Similarly, there are two versions of how the Russia-Georgia war began in August 2008.

Prior to the outbreak of hostilities, Russia set up military bases in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, a car was bombed in the small Georgian town of Gori, power and gas lines were blown up, and a Russian fighter jet “accidentally dropped” a missile close to Gori.

Moscow also banned imports of Georgian wine and Borzhomi mineral water, prohibited flights between the two countries, and deported Georgian citizens.

And just several months before the war broke out, Russian armed forces repaired a railroad on the Abkhaz border that had the capability of transporting military equipment and ammunition. This suggested that a Russian invasion of Abkhazia was in the works. …

Posted on Aug. 10, 2011.

Independence Illusions | Opinion | The Moscow Times

Moscow to Annex South Ossetia as U.S.-Russia “Reset” Crumbles? | The Enterprise Blog

While events in the Middle East continue to dominate headlines, one of the cornerstones of the Obama administration’s foreign policy is coming loose—and few are paying attention.

U.S.-Russia relations have witnessed a flurry of activity in recent weeks that threatens to undermine one of President Obama’s central foreign policy initiatives—the “reset.” The administration claims that its reset—or fresh start—with Russia has boosted cooperation with Moscow on a number of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, the stabilization of Afghanistan, and even Libya. But the reset seems to be unraveling.

Moscow to Annex South Ossetia as U.S.-Russia “Reset” Crumbles? « The Enterprise Blog

Let’s not forget the sneering “parasite” comment by Putin:

2011-08-01 | US a ‘parasite’ on world economy, says Putin

Russia is going to do what it wants in its neighborhood. In the past Russian leadership has implied that if America interferes, then prepare for war.

Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States – SPIEGEL ONLINE

The South Ossetia war in August 2008 made the Baltic states worry about the prospect of a Russian attack. The diplomatic cables reveal how Baltic politicians persuaded NATO to prepare a new strategy to defend their countries. The plan was supposed to be kept secret to avoid irritating Russia.

Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Ukraine accused of fighting Russia in Georgia

Law enforcers in Russia said yesterday they had uncovered evidence that Ukrainian troops and volunteers fought for Georgia in the war against Russia last August.

Moscow also said that Ukrainian-built missiles had been discovered in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia.

FT.com / UK – Ukraine accused of fighting Russia

Russia’s Moves Raise Doubts About Obama’s Diplomatic ‘Reset’ – TIME

While Washington insists that it will not recognize a Russian “sphere of influence,” the moves by Medvedev and Putin place a question mark over the Obama Administration’s ability to check Russia’s determination to forcefully push what it calls its “privileged interests” in its neighboring countries. The flurry of diplomatic activity came symbolically on the anniversary of last summer’s Russia-Georgia war, in which Moscow intervened on behalf of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia’s Moves Raise Doubts About Obama’s Diplomatic ‘Reset’ – TIME