The imperialist aggression by Russia against neighboring Georgia over oil pipelines is not the beginning. The Russians have made moves to reassert themselves over the past year and half, or more, and no one has really been paying attention.
I’m just putting some links to past posts here, because I’m about to go swimming, and don’t have time to write about it more, but this is a big deal, what is going down in Russia. As it stands, Europe has decided to get in bed with an abusive husband. We’ll see how long this lasts, because Russia’s ambitions are never small, yet the Europeans collective memory seems astonishingly short.
Russians with money
Cold War days are here again
Georgia’s previous appeasement of Russia. Where I said, “Appeasing Moscow works if you like being called a new Soviet republic member.”
Russia and the Arctic
Russia’s new “Hitler” youth.
Russia’s “street theater“. I said this about the Russian mind and the notion of allies, “”Allies” seems a strange word to use in a sentence with anything Russian. They are like the autistic kid on the world block. (The big one, not the savant one.)”
On Russian-American relations.
Russia does what it does for its own reasons. They value strength and power and little else. They have suffered since the fall of the Berlin Wall and have not viewed the reorganization of geopolitics as favorable to them. Russians will trade freedom for power. In fact, they seem ill-equipped to handle freedom, well, freedom in the “American” sense of freedom.
Russia will make Europe suffer. They are not Europe’s friend. Germany has already sold herself, however. And is an unwitting puppet, or maybe, witting. Better be careful, Germany. For all the irrational fear of America, the country who can harm you most, is already making moves to do so.
The tiny Republic of Georgia, which straddles the land bridge between the world’s largest lake and the largest inland sea, is home to five million people. Both in population and in size, it is smaller than the other Georgia most Americans know. And yet, that miniscule country has provided 2,000 soldiers to assist our mission in Iraq. Why?
The answer to that question is obvious when you look at a list of countries who have forces here. Among the thirty nations are all three Baltic Republics, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhistan, and the Ukraine–each one a former Soviet Republic–along with several former Soviet Bloc countries including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. These are all countries who knew oppression. They knew fear. And they knew death at the hands of dictators.
And here’s more from Roger Kimball regarding McCain vs. Obama’s response:
For his part, Barack Obama called for “talks among all sides and said the United States, the U.N. Security Council and other parties should try to help bring about a peaceful resolution.” Obama looked forward to “an international peacekeeping force” under “an appropriate UN mandate.” As of this writing, there is nothing about the Georgian crisis on the Obmam campaign’s home page.
To recap: John McCain forthrightly condemns Russia’s behavior and demands that Russia withdraw unconditionally. Obama wants to turn the mess over to the UN.
Meanwhile, the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have issued a joint statement condemning the Russian incursion in Georgia.
McCain endorsed the statement:
I strongly support the declaration issued by the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and their commitment that ‘aggression against a small country in Europe will not be passed over in silence or with meaningless statements equating the victims with the victimizers.’
I am not sure that Obama has responded directly to the joint declaration, but John Hinderaker at Powerline notes the difference between McCain and Obama, quoting this statement about the crisis from the Obama campaign: “It’s both sides’ fault–both have been somewhat provocative with each other.”
On 9/11 we were grateful to have a leader who could distinguish between friends and enemies and who was not so crippled by moral relativism that he believed that victims should be equated with their victimizers. In 2008, we have a choice between 1) a man who knows evil and repudiates it and 2) a man who believes that there is “fault on both sides” and that discredited “progressive” institutions like the United Nations are better equipped to deal with disputes among sovereign nations than the nations themselves.
Which would you choose?
Gateway Pundit is all over this mess. Follow him to see what is going on. Here, he talks about Obama’s flip-flopping about Georgia:
Nowhere in Obama’s original statement did he exclusively condemn Russia but rather took the citizen of the world approach and left America’s ally Georgia to fend for itself.
Here is that statement:
“I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.”
But, that was yesterday.
Now Politico is reporting that Barack Obama has released a fresh new statement and has decided to choose sides:
“I condemn Russia’s aggressive actions and reiterate my call for an immediate ceasefire… Russia must stop its bombing campaign, cease flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia.”
Suddenly, Barack is sounding McCainish.
Drew thinks someone must have looked it up and told Obama which side we are on.
And Russians don’t like Reuters fauxtography either. Aw…