posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 06:11 PM
Now, I fear, I will try to see if I am comprehending the picture being portrayed here.
Someone indicated there seems to be an element of coordination in the sequence of events leading up to this engagement.
While military strategic value, economic potential, and cultural solidarity, have been listed as factors making the region a reasonable concern of the
Russian Leadership, Georgia's support of the USA and evident intent to join, once allowed, the NATO alliance (such as it is) are given as rationale
for US direct involvement in the region.
It is ultimately childish to assume this event has its beginnings on August 8. Such actions as have been taken require planning and logistical
support, frankly, it must have been planned in advance. The reasoning applies to both parties.
Both Russian and Georgian troops were occupying the region, the Russians as sanctioned peace-keepers, to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' (I still have no
clear answer if Russian is now considered an ethnicity) from the prior transgression of (presumably) Georgian military (or militia), unhindered by any
The arena had been 'heating up', with skirmishes (allegedly) in recent past, and the both parties were antagonistic to each others' presence.
Some days (?) earlier alleged PKK terrorist staged a feeble assault on part of the pipeline, which remained relatively undamaged. BP closes the
Condi rice tells the Georgian Leadership something along the lines of - don't take the bait! Georgia's president publicly announces his troops
have been ordered not to engage the Russians. Russia bused in 2000 volunteer militia (reason unclear) the very day it all started.
The inevitable spark, either the Russian surge or the Georgian response to it, once struck, initiated this war. The spark is key. Why attack a convoy
of supposed 'pace-keeper forces' and why respond to such an engagement by sending in 150 tanks? Neither is proportionate.
Have I messed this up so far? Did I leave anything out - other than the OP wants to kick Russia's butt over this?
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[edit on 14-8-2008 by Maxmars]