By Timothy V. Gatto
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Let me start this article with a supposition. How long do you think it would take Russia to conquer Georgia if that were their intent? I believe that if the war started at say midnight, than the next midnight, Georgia would cease to exist. They might last a little longer if it was a spur of the moment decision, but if Russia was earnestly trying to take over little Georgia, it would have already been a done deal.
Now for all of you Americans that get your news from the American media, you don’t have a clue to what’s really going on. I’ve decided to tell you what I know from what people on the ground are writing. Before you get into that though, let me say that the Bushmaster and his little statement that he will not allow the Georgians to be defeated, is a little like the Captain of the Titanic saying he won’t let his ship go down. He doesn’t have a chance in hell of altering the circumstances. Especially when NATO doesn’t want to get involved and we are fighting a two-front war in the Middle-East.
From what I’ve read, from those that know a great deal more than I do about the situation in Georgia, is that the Bush Administration, along with the nation of Israel has been selling weapons and sending thousands of military advisors to Georgia for the last few years. Georgia has spent, or has been given credits of over 3 Billion dollars to bolster its military.
On the other hand, the Russians have been acting as peacekeepers in the two regions that have been virtually autonomous of Georgia to keep the Georgians out. These provinces’ of Abkhazian and South Ossetia are Russian speaking provinces. It’s true that Russia gave them Russian passports, but that was a matter of convenience for people, as their relations with Georgia were practically non-existent.
I happen to side with the Russians so far. They have shown a great deal of restraint in not invading Georgia proper. That’s all subject to change. Meanwhile, America has no business arming Russian Border States. That’s the long and short of it.