2 months ago, Russian troops rebuilt railroad lines in South Ossetia, necessary for their current invasion. 20,000 Russian troops and 500 tanks have occupied South Ossetia and continued to invade Georgia, occupying Gori and cutting the country in half. Western Georgia province of Abkhazia has also been invaded on a seperate front. There's not much the West can do other than say "Russia, that's not nice." Look for the Democracy of Georgia to fall and be replaced by a Russian puppet. The fall of Georgia effectly gives Russia control of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which carries approx 1,000,000 barrels of oil a day to Europe. The West could respond by admitting the Ukraine into NATO, but will European nations have the backbone to stand up to Russia, if Russia controls all the oil and ng pipelines. The Cold War dominated World political events from the late forties to the early ninties, and Russia lost because of the inherent weaknesses in their economic system, communism. Now on the horizon is an OIL COLD WAR, but now Russia has a Capitalist economic structure and vast oil reserves. I'm getting nervous. I think Penn West's oil reserves will become a very valuable asset. $27 pps is ridiculous.
<<<Russia is getting more like us scary. >>>
When weuse Chiapas to invade Mexico to secure their oil field I will agree.
Until then, this is a gross exaggeration of moral equivalency. Like comparing Churchill who invaded Libya to Hitler who invaded Poland.
The Democracy of Georgia. Hm. The awful Russians drove the rocket artillery out of STALIN SQUARE in Gori. From whence S. Ossetia was flattened.
Why are we "Allies" of a teeny country that worships IOSEF STALIN as a national hero?
Sheesh. What a war loving country the US is.
The Georgians attacked. I heard the BBC when it happened. Heard the rockets coming in. Now the russians are at fault for 'tricking' them into attacking.
Interesting to see all the difference interpretations of the events in Georgia. Here a writer who has always impressed me with his insight in to world affairs. He claims that Georgia attacked first after planing to do so for several months.
<<<The Georgians attacked. I heard the BBC when it happened. Heard the rockets coming in. Now the russians are at fault for 'tricking' them into attacking.>>>
The Poles "attacked" the Germans in 1939. The Finns likely attacked the Russians in the Winter War of 1939-1940 also.
The proof is in the pudding. Think about our own experience in Desert Storm or the most recent Iraq invasion. At a minimum, it takes weeks to deploy and mobilize a heavy modern strike force. Yet the Russian were ready to go within minutes of the first Georgian "atrocity".
If the Georgians truly provoked this and the Russians were innocently keeping the peace, why were the Russian so ready to roll??? They have been flying reconnaissance missions over Georgia for months in preparation.
I don't blame Russia, this is their turf, but they are the heavies here. A simple glance at relative weights of the two militaries will confirm.
Russian actions since their invasion of Georgia, including striking other regions and a naval blockade make this undeniable.
Nice try but not true! Russia is the lone aggressor and the U.S. has been helping a true ally, Georgia...
Most of the ex-Soviet bloc countries are pro-U.S. for a reason...we helped them gain their freedom from the horrible system of communism...
This is not a Bush agenda...this is the American way...help those who want to be free!
Preface this by stating that I believe there is not much the USA/Nato can (or should) do to help Georgia, but to blame this on American imperialism is incorrect. Certainly, our actions in Kosovo awakened latent nationalism in Russia. Doing something foolish in Georgia would likewise cause an even bigger display on Russia's part down the road.
However, Russia is not merely responding to Georgian aggression in Ossetia. They have they bombed non-military targets outside the region, fomented insurrection in another region, imposed a naval blockade on grain ships and currently have tanks headed into the heart of Georgia. Like the Olympics in China, this is a display that Russia is a world power and not to be trifled with.
Any time I read an article that uses "America imperialism" to explain away the aggression by other nations, I am leery of source.
Russia has been waiting for years for an opportunity to pounce and show how powerless the West is on Russia's home turf. Foreshadowing this, Russia has been doing flyovers for months and shot down some drones in Georgian airspace weeks ago.
Russia has poisoned, assassinated and imprisoned those who dare to criticize the government domestically. Look what happened to a refinery in Lithuania after it agreed to go with PKN instead of Yukos...
Nothing USA can (or should) do about this, but Russia is not a western democracy. In fact many things that would be considered suspect in West (poisonings, assassinations, sabotage, squeezing foreign companies, invading neighbors) make Putin a hero at home.
Kidding ourselves to believe otherwise.
At the end of the day, quite bullish for oil reserves in Canada.