Luckily for the people of Georgia and South Ossetia, a cease-fire has been negotiated between Russia and Georgia. Let’s remember that Georgia probably started the fight, and here’s what the president [of Georgia] had to say (emphasis mine):
Saakashvili opened the news conference with a bitter tirade against what he characterized as European nations’ appeasement in advance of a Russian invasion last week.
Statements like these make me think that Georgia may be playing the victim here, trying to win admittance into NATO by using the high tensions in the region?
NATO’s decision in April not to admit Georgia as a member encouraged Russia to build up forces and attack Georgia with impunity, he said.
And you of course have to laugh. Bush is the one to preach!
In Washington, President Bush on Friday chided Russia for Cold War-style behavior, saying, "Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century."
And everyone seems to be forgetting that it’s the Georgian army that crossed the border to South Ossetia!
Bush said the United States stands "with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government." He said the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity "must be respected."
Yeah, right. Russia has too much resources and gags for too many countries:
Administration officials said this week that the United States and its allies were considering kicking Russia out of the Group of Eight, the group of the world’s most important international economies — as punishment for its actions in Georgia.