A number of months ago at Desicritics, the daughter site to Blogcritics Magazine, I wrote an analysis of why no country should trust the United States. It was to be a series, and I was going to use Israel as the example. But we have a far better example to see unfolding in front of us today — Gruzia, known in the west as Georgia.
Americans generally do not care about what is going on outside their borders; they can afford to involve their minds with such nonsense as American Idol and the like, or scream themselves hoarse over their favorite Olympians in China. Or they can retreat behind that ever familiar mantra, "That's politics, and I don't believe in politics". However, those of us who live outside of the United States cannot afford to ignore how the American regime routinely betrays nations that would be its allies.
Nevertheless, the evidence of American betrayal is at hand, and those who ignore this, as Americans have routinely ignored the base betrayals of their government for decades, do so at their own peril. As we say in Hebrew, damám 'al roshám – their blood is on their own heads.
So, let's have a brief recap of events. Before we do, though, let's make clear one single point. While the United States can be looked at as a provocateur here, the aggressive intent of Russia against Gruzia predates any involvement by the United States. Indeed, Russian aggression against Gruzia predates the independence of the United States altogether and is as old, perhaps, as the Romanov dynasty itself.
There are two provinces of Gruzia that are effectively breaking away from the central government in T'bilsi, and are doing so with the active backing of the successor state to the Soviet Union and Russian Empire, the Russian Federation. The dispute over these provinces extends at least 15 years, back to the early 1990's. There has been a long history of bullying of Gruzia by Russia, even when the less than sober Yeltzin was drinking his way through the Russian presidency and Russia was a weak state with no real leader. After having to deal with aggressive Russian moves against it in the 1700's, Gruzia was annexed to the Russian Empire nearly two hundred years ago, and suffered Russian rule until the breakup of the Russian Empire in 1917.
Ivan Simich, writing from Belgrade for Matangi Tonga On-line wrote an excellent summary of events that have lead up to today's situation. From his article:
We may recall the genesis of the current situation which has been precipitated by the 1918-1920 Georgian-Ossetian conflict. Later, in 1922 the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast was created after Soviet occupation of Georgia. In the eighties, the conflict was followed by rising nationalism in the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, the South Ossetian desire for greater autonomy, Ossetian demands for unification with Russia's North Ossetia, and persistent Ossetian declarations of independence.
According to Global Politician, the present crisis, simmering for years, was provoked in early May of this year, when long-standing tensions between Russia and Gruzia over the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions in Gruzia flared dangerously as each country accused the other of provocative actions that might bring about war. Russia moved troops and armor into Abkhazia during the first week of May responding to a Gruzian military buildup along the unofficial border with the breakaway region of the Caucasus republic. Gruzia had warned of military action if Russian forces were to interfere. According to the article, written 14 May:
The Kremlin said the deployment was allowed under a 1994 cease-fire that stationed Russian troops in the region to prevent the kind of fighting that broke out between Georgia and “separatists” after the fall of the Soviet Union. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said any Georgian military action would lead to "retaliatory actions," but stressed at a meeting with European Union ministers that Russia "isn't planning to go to war."
That was then.
Over the last few days we saw an escalation of the situation, first as Russian provocations grew greater, then as the Gruzian army attacked, and finally Gruzia was driven back by invading Russian forces. Now, in spite of reports of a ceasefire, Russian forces appear intent on crippling Gruzia and ousting the present American-backed leader. According to Debkafiles, Russia is massing naval force opposite Gruzia’s third sensitive region, Ajaria, which controls the port city, Batumi.
Here we have to look at the role of Israel, as well as the supposed support of the United States.
In all of the reports on this conflict, Gruzia is referred to as a major American ally, a would-be member of NATO seeking the umbrella of protection of the West against the evil East whose clutches it attempts to escape. The present leader was backed by the United States. The present leader got the warm fuzzies, aid and succor from the United States and from its puppet régime in Israel. In the Gruzian cabinet is a Jewish fellow with an Israeli passport.
The United States is making an awful lot of noise about this invasion, as are the top officials in NATO.
But the bottom line is – will the United States actually do anything aside from make noise? Will this leader be allowed to fall? When one looks at recent American policy, the answers to these two questions are likely "no", and "yes", respectively.
First, before looking at why, let's look at the giveaway yelp of "uncle" from Madame Tzipora Livni, the pretty but evil and gutless foreign minister of the American puppet régime ruling out of Jerusalem, defiling the Holy City.
As pointed out elsewhere, Israel has had a special relationship with Gruzia, which banked on, among other things, a pipeline to carry oil across Azerbaijan, Gruzia and Turkey. In essence, Israel was being the good St. Bernard pup of the United States, carrying the barrel of goodies. But faced with the treat of the Russians to more fully supply Iran, the Madame Livni peed her panties in fear and caved in to Russian demands that Israel cease aiding the Gruzians.
This cave-in was not merely done because Madame Livni was afraid of the Russians – though she may well have been. Ha'aretz reported today that the U.S. put the brakes on Israeli plans to attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. So, given that in their minds, the Israeli regime could no longer attack Iran to defend itself, a foreign power arming Iran further was a mortal danger.
So we see here the double abandonment of the United States of supposed "allies". We in Israel get to twist in the wind while we await the next Arab missile assault. The Georgian regime will be emasculated, and now either ditched in a coup d'état, or thrown out in the next elections.
So, in short, the leaders of small countries have not learned the essential lessons of the double cross of Iraq in 1990 (the Americans built up Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and turned on him when he sought to annex Kuwait – after asking American permission) and the betrayal of Iraq's Shi'ites in 1991 by the United States. They foolishly put their hopes in America and both they and the people they seek to lead get screwed over.Powered by Sidelines