Russia vs. America – Some Facts You May Have Missed

Russian PM

President Dmitry Medvedev has declared that Russia formally recognises the independence of the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Mr Medvedev told the BBC Russia had tried to preserve Georgian unity for 17 years, but that the situation had changed after this month’s violence.

He said Moscow now felt obliged to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as other countries had done with Kosovo.

In a televised address on Monday evening, President Mikhail Saakashvili said the declaration was completely illegal and vowed to begin a “peaceful struggle” to restore Georgia’s territorial integrity.

Earlier, the US and France called the Russian move regrettable, while the UK said it categorically rejected it. Nato said the declaration violated numerous UN Security Council resolutions that Russia itself had endorsed.
(Source: BBC News)

This is the big story today. Not the continued illegal occupation of Iraq by the USA. This story which was universally framed by the TV news as one of ‘Russian aggression.’

Now, I’m not a fan of modern Russia. It has proven itself to be just as rapacious and capricious as modern America. In terms of evil, I’d say America is ahead because Russia hasn’t recently killed one million Iraqis in a quest for oil er… phantom WMDs.

But let’s look behind the always excellent American propaganda machine at some of the facts, shall we? Firstly, how was the Russian declaration received in the territories it recognised. Surely, there’s no real desire for independence from Georgia there, it’s all whipped-up by Russia, isn’t it?

In the two breakaway regions, however, Moscow’s move was warmly welcomed.

The leader of South Ossetia’s separatist government, Eduard Kokoity, said he would ask Moscow to set up a military base on his territory.

In the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali there were scenes of jubilation while residents in Abkhazia took to the streets to celebrate the news, firing into the air.

“We feel happy,” said Aida Gabaz, a 38-year-old lawyer in the Abkhaz capital Sukhumi.

“We all have tears in our eyes. We feel pride for our people.”
(Source: BBC News)

Oh! How strange! That isn’t at all how the TV news depicted it. Funny that, innit?

Then there’s the Russian aggression:

You’d be hard put to recall after all the fury over Russian aggression that it was actually Georgia that began the war last Thursday with an all-out attack on South Ossetia to “restore constitutional order” – in other words, rule over an area it has never controlled since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Nor, amid the outrage at Russian bombardments, have there been much more than the briefest references to the atrocities committed by Georgian forces against citizens it claims as its own in South Ossetia’s capital Tskhinvali.

Several hundred civilians were killed there by Georgian troops last week, along with Russian soldiers operating under a 1990s peace agreement: “I saw a Georgian soldier throw a grenade into a basement full of women and children,” one Tskhinvali resident, Saramat Tskhovredov, told reporters on Tuesday.
(Source: The Guardian)

Hmmm… now that’s confusing! I thought the Georgians were the good guys?? That’s what my TV told me!

And I thought the USA were all for independence movements? After all, the USA was founded in a revolution against the British Empire. Surely, the US would support Abkhazia and South Ossetia in their quest for independence in the post-Soviet era? Ahhh, maybe there’s a reason why they side with Georgia:

The CIA has in fact been closely involved in Georgia since the Soviet collapse. But under the Bush administration, Georgia has become a fully fledged US satellite.

Georgia’s forces are armed and trained by the US and Israel. It has the third-largest military contingent in Iraq – hence the US need to airlift 800 of them back to fight the Russians at the weekend.

Saakashvili’s links with the neoconservatives in Washington are particularly close: the lobbying firm headed by US Republican candidate John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, has been paid nearly $900,000 by the Georgian government since 2004.
(Source: The Guardian)

Oh – and I forgot to mention, the USA wants Georgia to join NATO. You know NATO? It’s the puppet of the USA, a relic of the Cold War that should be as relevant today as the Warsaw Pact. But if Georgia joins NATO… hey, US bases in Georgia! Ooh, that might help with the Caspian oil pipeline the US wants to run through there too.

Yes, once again, all the international outrage comes down to the same thing: oil and power.

We’ve been through this many times before.

I’m not claiming that Russia is a merciful angel. But I am claiming that America, very obviously, has an agenda beyond its empty bullshit about democracy and freedom.

Oil and power. Oil and power.

Remember those two things the next time you see some TV reporter anguishing about the fate of poor Georgia and those pesky, interfering Russians.