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Having helped to build up Georgia's military capabilities, the US made last-ditch diplomatic attempts to try to prevent it going to war with Russia in 2008. Washington's envoy to the Caucasus warned Georgia that war would "cost it valuable support in Washington and European capitals", while publicly George W Bush and his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, continued to give their unqualified support to Georgia.
Originally posted by CerBeRus666
Very interesting, these ATS "wizards", that come up with these disinformation campaigns. I personally don't care, either way...it's all become so ridiculous that I think nobody really cares.
Just one question though, since it seem like most people here don't know their Geography:
-How exactly did Georgia invade It's Own Country???
The current fighting began four days ago when Georgian forces launched a surprise attack to regain control of South Ossetia, which has had de facto independence since the end of a civil war in 1992. The move followed days of exchanges of heavy fire with the Russian-backed separatists. In response to the Georgian crackdown, Moscow sent armoured units across the border frontier.
It also says Georgia's claim that there had been a large-scale Russian military incursion into South Ossetia before the outbreak of war could not be "sufficiently substantiated", though it said there was evidence of a lower-level military build-up. The report states that while Russia's initial actions in fighting back against attacks on its personnel in South Ossetia were justified, its subsequent actions, in pushing far into Georgia proper "went far beyond the reasonable limits of defence" and was "in violation of international law".
This is still a holdover from the breakup of the Soviet Union. South Ossetia declared its independence from Georgia in the early 1990s and has de facto sovereignty over large parts of its territory. While neither Georgia nor the international community recognizes the secession as legitimate, Russia has been sympathetic.
Originally posted by snowspirit
Up here, we always knew Georgia started it.
It was always confusing to me that the US was reporting that Russia was the attacker, while Canadian news, from the beginning, was telling the story about Georgia attacking Russia. Apparently from what I remember, our news services up here, were stating that Russia even held back for a while before retaliating.