Monday, August 11, 2008

Russia and Georgia War, Barack Obama , Is he a Leader? - Russia, Georgia Risk Larger War as Attacks Continue Into Morning - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

DZHAVA, Georgia — Russia dispatched an armored column into the breakaway enclave of South Ossetia on Friday after Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, launched a surprise offensive to crush separatists. Witnesses said hundreds of civilians were killed.

Fighting reportedly raged well into the night with Georgia's interior ministry saying early Saturday that warplanes attacked three Georgian military bases and key facilities for shipping oil to the West.

Russia attacks Georgia.

Did this conflict just started or has it been going on for sometime now? If you just started reading or listening to the news, you would think that this just started. That everyone in the world was getting along and that we just messed up things in Iraq. But this tension has been going on for a while now. Back in April NATO warned Russia to stop undermining Georgia’s territorial integrity, after Moscow announced it would send more peace keepers to two rebel Georgian regions.

Now why is Russia doing this? Here is a clue. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad exchanged sharp words with the Russian ambassador on Sunday, accusing Moscow of seeking "regime change" in Georgia and resisting attempts to make peace after days of fighting have left hundreds of civilians dead.

"I'd like to say straightaway that regime change is an American
expression," Churkin said. "We do not use such an expression (In Russia). But sometimes there are occasions, and we know from history, that there are different leaders who come to power, either democratically or semi-democratically, and they become an obstacle."

So now we know why thousands of civilians are dying, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is an obstacle. What will be the United States response?

President Bush on Monday warned of a "dramatic and brutal escalation" of violence by Russia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He pressed Moscow to accept an immediate cease-fire and to pull back its troops.

He demanded an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of Russian troops from the conflict zone and a return to the status quo as of Aug. 6.

Senator John McCain said; "Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government's actions will have for Russia's relationship with the U.S. and Europe,"

Describing the Russian actions in the conflict as "Moscow's path of violent aggression," the Arizona senator suggested that Russia's aim may be to overthrow the pro-U.S. government in Georgia.

Senator Barack Obama; Russia must stop its bombing campaign and flights in Georgian airspace, and withdraw ground forces from Georgia. "The Georgian government has proposed a cease-fire and the Russian government should accept it. There is also an urgent need for humanitarian assistance to reach the people of Georgia, and casualties on both sides." He urged the United Nations to send a mediator to join a French and Finnish delegation in Georgia.

"We should also convene other international forums to condemn this aggression, to call for an immediate halt to the violence, and to review multilateral and bilateral arrangements with Russia -- including Russia's interest in joining the World Trade Organization,"

Now I want you to read the response from Bush and McCain. Then read the response from Obama. Doesn't Bush and McCain sound like your father? And Obama sound like your mother?

Barack Obama still all talk and no action. Can he lead?

Other world crises;
Iran Boosting Aid to Iraqi Militias to kill US Soldiers.
Syria must come Clean About N. Korea Nukes.

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  1. "All talk, no action" applies to all 3 men, thankfully. Obama's comments do not escalate the rhetoric, giving him the most room to maneuver in the future. That's a valuable asset for a leader to maintain.

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  3. The picture shows how Georgia attacks South Ossetia:

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