US to Give Aid to Georgia

Can you say, “proxy war”? Original Article

President George W Bush has said the US will use military aircraft and naval forces to deliver aid to Georgia following its conflict with Russia.

Speaking in Washington, he expressed concern about reports of continuing Russian action in Georgia, and urged Russia to respect a ceasefire accord. Mr Bush hinted that Russia could be jeopardising its international ties.

Mr Bush said Russia’s actions had “raised serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region”.

“To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe and other nations, and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must keep its word and act to end this crisis.”

He said he had ordered a series of steps to demonstrate “solidarity with the Georgian people”, including sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Tbilisi later this week, and launching a “vigorous and ongoing” humanitarian mission.
A C-17 aircraft with humanitarian supplies was already on its way to Georgia, Mr Bush said, and in the following days military aircraft and naval forces would deliver humanitarian and medical supplies.

…Tbilisi’s schools and nurseries were crammed with refugees, many of whom were angry with their leaders for dragging them into a conflict with Russia.

Pardon me for saying, but haven’t we learned that proxy states (a la Afghanistan in the Cold War era) always end up backfiring? Georgia got what it deserved, if you read the early reports, since it was the one committing atrocities first. They launched a tank attack on the South Ossetian capital and hit it with airstrikes. It was not Georgia, but Russia who appealed to the UN Security Council to discuss a way to curb the violence. It was not Georgia, but Russia who tried to inform the international community of the atrocities. I am not supporting Russia because they, arguably, have done worse compared to Georgia, but it was the Georgians, with US weaponry and training, that made this house of cards collapse, not the Russians!

And what are we doing? Giving the Georgians “humanitarian aid” will invariably mean “food, water, and more guns”, and the latter’s unacceptable. More guns/training for Georgia will just lead to later efforts to take South Ossetia under government control, and start the whole conflict all over again. The solution is to give South Ossetia back to the Russians, since the Ossetians’ separatist ways are what compelled Georgian forces to invade and “restore order”

When Bush talks about “Russia’s intentions in the region”, what does he mean? Are we bound to get the rest of NATO in a conflict with Russia which would invariably mean WWIII?

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  1. It would make sense that a proxy war would be in the former Soviet union, Condi Rice is an expert on the Soviet Union, she’s actually written a few books on the subject. Georgia should not have invaded Russian territory, but Russia should back off now. They’ve taken back what’s their’s there is no need for further agression.

  2. I hope you’re right, and also hope that Georgia learned its lesson… If they invade Ossetia again, they’re going to set off a massive war.




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