With the bluster still ongoing
Mikhail Gorbachev was on the ever luv-er-ly Larry King Live Show explaining the current spat – what we must look at is the facts and those facts are that Georgia attacked Russians first.
OK – you could say that this was all school-yardish – but Russians were killed by Georgians. Did Georgia think that the whole of Europe would come to her aid? May be – but this hasn’t and won’t happen. You may get a limited number of European peace-keepers in Georgia – but, personally I think this will slow down the rate at which Georgia and others come into NATO.
NATO doesn’t want to go to war.
Gorbachev told CNN’s Larry King that Russia moved additional forces into South Ossetia in response to “devastation” in the South Ossetia city of Tskhinvali.
“This was the use of sophisticated weapons against a small town, against a sleeping people. This was a barbaric assault,” said Gorbachev, the last president of the former Soviet Union.
Argue the pro’s and con’s – but it still comes down to who started the whole thing and – do take into account that Russia doesn’t really take prisoners – it was obvious that Russia would retaliate.
So why start it in the first place? The whole region is now regarded as unsafe – and more of this will drag other nations into a conflict that no one really wanted.
The US can baulk as much as she likes, even being a friend of Georgia, but unless the US is willing to send combat troops in (Don’t mention that to John McCain) the US has to stick to diplomacy.