"Georgia, a former Soviet state, sent troops into South Ossetia on Thursday, aiming to crack down on the separatists, who want independence or unification with North Ossetia, which is in Russia. Russia responded Friday, sending troops into the Georgian province where it had peacekeepers stationed." From CNN (So Russia "reacts" to a Georgian action)
"The fighting erupted last week following an attack by Georgian troops on Thursday on the pro-Russian enclave of South Ossetia. " From ABC (Just to clarify, RUSSIA REACTS TO GEORGIAN ACTION)
From Russia= "Lavrov said Russia had already allocated funds to help rebuild Tskhinvali but that "the aggressors should also pay." From ABC pg 2 (Wouldn't the "aggressors" be the fore mentioned Georgians?)
"In 1990, Georgia voted to abolish the autonomy of South Ossetia, and by 1991 the ethnic antagonists were fighting. In 1992, Georgia and Russia signed a peace treaty and Russian troops began patrolling the South Ossetia border." From LA Times (So for more than 15 years Russia maintained a "border patrol" to watch Georgian action without incident, sounds familiar)
"The United States stands with the democratically elected government of Georgia and insists that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected," President Bush said today in the White House Rose Garden. (WTF?!, he must be misquoted?)
"And we expect all Russian forces that entered Georgia in recent days to withdraw from that country. " (maybe not) Full Speech
My guess is that our "leaders" in the federal government have their heads so far up their collective asses, they forgot our own actions in the past 3 decades of instigating, and instituting government sponsored revolts. Why wouldn't Russia be interested on what is happening at her borders. So apparently we only recognize "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of governments we help put in place. See last time I checked Iraq, Iran, Sudan were all sovereign nations yet politicians speak of entering them with the enthusiasm of a child at Christmas. What about the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the people of Ossetia who didn't want to be annexed into Georgia? I cannot even fathom how the President and the recent candidates for the office can say what they have been with out a sting of irony to hammer them to the ground.
Interesting site with a ton of links on the topic.
Growing up in the 80's I would never have thought this would enter my mind, "Go Russia Go"
Damn, somehow I ended up at a shift in perspective, again.
Sic semper tyrannis,