Three months on and the US and Britain realise they were wrong!
It isn’t surprising really. I, and a few other that I know who blog – said all those months ago that Georgia started the conflict between her and Russia.
The simple fact is that the west is still looking at Russia as the old Soviet Empire that was. Yes, Russia does want influence in the region – and why wouldn’t they? If youo know any Russian people you are going to get a person who will tell you as it is. Russians don’t flower stuff – they don’t look through rose-tinted glasses. It just isn’t in their make-up.
While the cold-war was on, Russia, believe it or not, looked at NATO and especially as the US as the evil empire. They saw that the US and NATO were expanding and they felt just as threatened by the west as the west felt threatened by the Soviet Union.
The truth is – as much as people would like it not to be Georgia knew that Russia is still mistrusted – and that the US and the UK would ‘stand-up’ for them. This is a problem with the world coming out of the extended cold-war scenario.
The world has changed – and even though I hate to say it, the changed happened further with the election of a new president of the US. This doesn’t mean that Obama will be weak – what it does mean is that he will look at both sides of any argument and see if for what it is.
Without re-running the election – Obama was criticised, almost ostracised for telling Georgia to have constraint. Just more proof to me that the US picked the right guy.