Posted by: rotenochsen | August 15, 2008


Friday | August 15, 2008


Russian investigators have launched a criminal case on charges of genocide in connection with the events in South Ossetia. Russia’s Interfax news agency reports that the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office has said Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili may also be put on trial.

Igor Komissarov, deputy chairman of the Prosecutor’s Investigation Committee, said it had “initiated a genocide probe based on reports of actions committed by Georgian troops aimed at murdering Russian citizens, ethnic Ossetians, living in South Ossetia.”

Speaking at a joint media briefing with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, President Medvedev said double standards are inadmissible when evaluating the actions of politicians who are guilty of mass killings of civilians.

“The situation when one, who committed thousands of crimes, is characterised as a terrorist, and another as a president of a sovereign state, is very strange,” he said.

Meanwhile, Marina Gridneva, a spokesperson for the General Prosecutor’s Office, told Interfax that Russian law allows for foreign citizens to be brought to trial if they have committed a crime against Russia’s interests.

She said that evidence of murder, following the attack of Georgian troops in South Ossetia, may be used as a basis for future charges against Saakashvili.

This despite the claims by Georgia’s President Saakashvili who insists he’s not overstating anything about the carnage caused by the Russian invasion, and lamented Wednesday that the West ignored his warnings that Russia was planning a military operation in Georgia as “exaggerations.” It is no exageration that “These are Russian tanks outside of Gori, shooting at our military bases,” Shota Utiashvili, a spokesman for Georgia’s internal ministry, said via a phone interview.

As rumors spread that at least 10 Russian tanks were parked on the outskirts of Gori, many returning cars stopped or turned back. Inside, the city looked empty—just a few elderly pedestrians could be seen in the central Stalin square, where a day earlier five people, including a Dutch journalist, had been killed by a missile. At Gori University around the corner, all the windows were broken and the walls cracked.
“Now look what they’re doing. This has already exceeded my worst expectations.”
This despite the fact that a cease fire, brokered by the French, was agreed upon by both presidents.
Saakashvili,graduated from Columbia University Law School,and his bold language and flamboyant manner helped drive the “Rose Revolution” that brought him to power after disputed elections in 2003.He is pro-American, and this irritates Putin and his puppet Medveded. Who is also known as a leader of “the clan of St.Petersburg lawyers”, one of the political groups formed around Vladimir Putin during Putin’s presidency.

“Russia’s attack on neighboring Georgia over two tiny separatist provinces is really about something much bigger. Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s desire to restore the former USSR’s might. Russia’s ill intentions clearly are on display in Georgia. In a fit of nationalist fury, it wants to teach Georgia and other former satellite countries that once made up the Soviet Bloc that its pro-Western rapprochement days are over.

What better way than to invade a former republic, humiliate its leaders and then taunt the West for failing to come to its aid? As if that wasn’t enough, Russia immediately began threatening its other neighbors. A top Russian diplomat ominously warned Monday that Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland would ‘pay’ for criticizing Russia’s ‘imperialist’ policy toward Georgia. Russia’s claim to support independence from Georgia of tiny South Ossetia and even tinier Abkhazia is simply phony. Georgia, with its strategically important oil pipeline, has grown close to the U.S. —even sending troops to Iraq.

Putin is obviously furious at growing U.S. and NATO ties with Eastern Europe,and he wanted to emasculate Georgia’s military while deposing its pro-American President Mikheil Saakashvili. With his attack, it looks like he’s succeeding. The symbolism of the invasion, coming at the start of the Beijing Olympics, is unmistakable. This is Russia’s wake-up call to all of us. Communism may be dead, Putin is saying, but Russia isn’t.”

Back he in the USA “Obamamessia” had this to say about the naked aggression in Georgia: “We should continue to push for a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to the violence. It’s a clear violation of the sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Georgia.” —Barack Obama
Perhaps Obama’s knowledge of the UN does not include Russia’s veto power of any resolution made!!!
The principles are simple: Georgia is an independent nation and deserves the right to self-determination, no matter her neighbor.
Russia does not have the right to invade a sovereign nation because it desires power and control in the region. American policy toward Russia and Europe should flow from these truths. And no amount of bullying should change that policy!!
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