Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Saakashvili Sends in the Thugs Again

So the West's supposed democratic champion in Central Asia (actually a pitiful American puppet) sends in the thugs again to beat up protesters and journalists. Of course, while the suppression of democratic protest in Iran is being covered extensively by the Western media, you will struggle to find any coverage of similar events in Georgia at all.

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel has an interesting article this week on the EU commission that was investigating the comic-opera war in the Caucasus last year. Apparently they have found no evidence whatsoever to support Saakashvili's contention that a Russian tank column was rolling towards Georgia prior to hostilities beginning. They have, however, found many indications that Georgia was actively planning hostilities against the separatist regions.

This should come as a surprise to no one. When the tie-munching Manchurian candidate assumed power in 2003, he promised to recover Georgia's lost territories within 5 years. Almost exactly five years later, military action begins.

No doubt the findings of the commission will be watered down when its final report is produced. According to Der Spiegel, the Swiss diplomat in charge of the commission is known for going out of her way to avoid overly harsh judgements against any party to a conflict. And she was too afraid to ask the Americans about their role in events, despite the curious fact that, when the war broke out, no one in the American bureaucracy was willing to take a call from the Russian minister who attempted to establish contact.

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