USA'S BLATANT IMPOTENCE IN THE GEORGIA - RUSSIA CONFLICT
Los Angeles August 18th 2008 by Eric Lafayette ; www.fordemocracy.com
It is time to realize that the Bush- Cheney dictatorship has so weakened and damaged the economy, strength, trustworthiness and ability to respond militarily to new threats that the once mighty and booming voice of the United States is now the smallest and weakest and most empty voice among the voices of Western Nations.
President Bush encouraged Georgia and its President Mikael Saaskasvili, a graduate of LAW schools in the USA, to become a member of NATO in order to find allies and supporters in case of Russian intervention. As evidence of his support of President Bush President Saaskasvili sent about 4000 troops in Iraq to fight alongside the Americans.
We can, without any fear of a mistake use this statement from President Bush to demonstrate that he is without any doubt one of the most incompetent leaders on the planet.
Here is how George Bush saw President Putin, "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul." óGeorge W. Bush, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, June 16, 2001.
Here is what John Mc Cain said about Putin: "I looked him in the eyes and I saw three letters: K,G and B."
After Moscow's invading part of Georgia we can safely assume that George W. Bush's statement was another proof of his pathetic absence of judgment and the role it has played in bringing the once mighty United States to its knees.
The causes of this conflict can be traced during the nineties.
Former Russian President Putin, now prime minister, has made restoration of Russia as a great power and reaffirming control of the old provinces of the USSR using puppet leaders a priority. There is a special focus on any former states like the Ukraine and George that have strategically important oil and gas. Putin has relentlessly enticed the Georgian citizens of Russian origin living in Southern Oscetia region of Georgia into becoming rebels and demanding secession of Oscetia from Georgia.
Putin intends to weaken pro-western democratically elected leader President Saaskasvili and replace him with a puppet leader in complete obedience to Moscow as it was the case for most Communist countries in Europe during the cold war.
President Saaskashvili in a process that began in the nineties, reacted to seeing the Oscetia region literally kidnapped one person at a time by Putin's propaganda. Last week he decided to send military forces in these difficult provinces. UN peace keeping forces were also present there in order to prevent clashes between Georgians and rebellious Georgians of Russian origin. Oscetia was established as a demilitarized zone with the absurd and unimaginable caveat that Russian troops labeled as peace keepers would patrol South Oscetia.
It is impossible to understand why Western powers did not realize that no matter what uniform or clothing, even when disguised as a sheep the wolf will eat its weakest neighbors.
A few years ago the Western Powers continued to show their weakness when they allowed the peace keepers to be Russians, all of them. What an incredible coup for Putin who was lucky enough to have his propaganda agents officially installed by the Western Powers. Part of the pro Saaskasvili reactions come from the realization by the western countries that they had given a very rotten deal to Georgia by allowing all the peace keepers in the region to be Russian and let them kidnap Oscetia little by little.
President Saaskasvili was understandably upset by this situation in Oscetia similar to the one in another Georgian province, Abkhazia. Even though his provinces were being threatened he made a very stupid decision and provoked Russia by sending armed troops into Southern Oscetia a region monitored by Russian Peace keepers.
President Saaskashvili acted foolishly; his army compared to the Russian Army is a joke.
The American President's reactions to the invasion of Georgia can only be considered as pathetic jokes.
Although he has been provoked by Russia's non-military propaganda actions, President Saaskasvili is the one who militarily provoked Russia by sending troops into a demilitarized zone. Putin the de facto leader of Russia was extremely happy to have an excuse to invade Georgia and they did it. If anybody in the West believes that Putin, who is the real master of Russia, is a weak leader they are very extremely unwise and uninformed. Recognizing that President Putin is a very powerful and dangerous man should be a prerequisite for a leader to be considered competent .
Of course President Bush DID NOT DO ANYTHING to stop the conflict or support President Saaskashvili except to continue his habitual and ridiculous saber rattling.
Bush whose last claim to decency was that he stuck by his friends and allies evaporated.
His good ally who supported his war on Iraq and sent soldiers from Georgia to die in Bush's war was totally and completely abandoned.
In addition the Russians were able to say, "The USA removed Saddam Hussein without provocation and organized regime change very acceptable. The war against Iraq is just one example of the USA's fondness for regime change. Why is the USA so critical of us, they did much worse seven years ago by invading Iraq."
A ceasefire was brokered on Tuesday August 12th 2008 by French President Sarkozy as the President for the European Community demanding that combat must cease and the belligerents must return to their former position and allow international humanitarian help to enter the region.
French President Sarkozi faces a lot of criticism in his own country mostly because he is trying to do too much including trying to put French people back to work by suppressing the 35 hour work week established under Socialist Governments.
The good thing about French President Sarkozi is that he is often a very active, energetic and quite forceful person these are very good qualities when you are the European Community President who has little power but his own talents at persuasion.
He was able as the European Community President to broker a cease fire between the two belligerents and then have them sign the document that provides for the withdrawing of troops.
We do not know if the future will provides these countries with peace and prosperity because they are a long way before they can achieve this goal but at least this cease fire has brought relief to the civilian populations
Make no mistake the invasion of a European country by a European country has not happened since World War II. Territorial conquest by force were not supposed to happen anymore especially in the case of large countries overwhelming small countries. It is a very important defeat for Democracy when a Democratic Country with a Democratically elected leader gets absolutely no help from what was seven years ago the most powerful nation in the world
Russia with its suppression of independent media coverage and its constant use of threat and force against its neighbors cannot be considered a Democracy anymore.
The countries that will be the most powerful in the next decades are Russia, China and India unless the USA do not successfully elects two eight years term Presidents with the wisdom, strength and stature of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. China, Russia and India all claim to be modern Democracies but none are.
Events in the last week along with other events during the last 5 years have confirmed that:
- Russia is a belligerent dictatorship with increasing power due to the high price of petrol.
- China has restricted the free press and internet access even with the world watching during the Olympic Games. They have also retaliated with armed aggression at the drop of a hat against opponents such as Tibetans.
- India which has Democratic Institutions and a relatively non aggressive foreign policy has disenfranchised (at least 300 million of its inhabitants due to a combination of its system of religion beliefs and casts, repression of women's right and enormous corruption.
These Countries where modern Democracy values are not important are going to be our leaders in the future if The American people do not start to wake up to the dangers and immensity of the problem
A nation with no credibility and no leverage whatsoever in the concert of nations is a nobody and today, thanks to the Bush Cheney dictatorship the United States of America is a "nobody," and it is time for a greater number of American people to wake up, smell the disaster and begin to act to rescue the USA.
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In the face of so much destruction by the Bush Cheney dictatorship, you as an American Citizen and a Democrat, have a duty to show the light at the end of the tunnel to the misguided Republicans who were part of the gang leading the USA towards a downward spiral. Sometimes you will take a little bit of heat, but you will do a lot of good.
You will be a true Patriot in these days and in this age by telling the truth to as many people as you can, standing up for the ethical values of the founding fathers and explaining to Republicans they were wrong on a lot of issues, their attitudes and support of the Bush Cheney dictatorship was the most important weapon in the destruction of the USA.
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