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Russia, Georgia Reach Tentative Peace Agreement

Posted on Aug 12, 2008
Sarkozy and Saakashvili
AP photo / Georgy Abdaladze

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, speaks as Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili looks on during a press conference following their talks in Tbilisi, Georgia, early Wednesday. Georgia’s president says he agrees to an EU plan with Russia brokered by France for ending fighting in his country.

Early Wednesday morning, Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili agreed to a plan to stop the fighting that flared up Friday. However, the crisis isn’t over and the terms of the agreement aren’t all clear.

The New York Times:

If the agreement takes hold, Russia will have edged back from a confrontation that threatened to draw it into a cold-war-style conflict with Western nations. As things stand, a great goal has already been accomplished: Russia has asserted its ability to wrestle its neighbors to the ground at will, and—if not now, then later—resume its old role as the hegemon of the South Caucasus.

But Mr. Medvedev’s overtures on Tuesday left the door open to further military action. Russian authorities make no secret of their desire to see Mr. Saakashvili tried for war crimes in The Hague.

Mr. Medvedev has not called for a withdrawal, and expects Russian peacekeepers to remain in both South Ossetia and another separatist area to the west, Abkhazia. He also authorized Russian soldiers to fire on “hotbeds of resistance and other aggressive actions.” As the conflict cools and hardens, the two separatist regions could wind up permanently annexed by Russia.

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By samosamo, August 12, 2008 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment

This is so deja vu. I recognized it over at InfoClearHouse on a post about russia explaining to the world, really the US, that if we use our precision guided bombs on russia or its troops then they would retaliate with tactical nukes, and the russians have shipped in some medium range ballistic missiles. Pretty heady stuff there, ain’t it. And this was brought out because somehow the US convinenced the georgians they could invade russian territory and the russkies would not be able to stop them.
It brought back the pre-invasion of Kuwait(sp)when our ambassador (April somebody, I think and w’s bad seed father was president) was sent over or caught wind of saddam wanting to invade Kuwait. She said it would not be a issue or raise many concerns or some such rigamarole that gave saddam the impression that nothing would happen if and when he did and he would have kuwait. Well, I guess whatever the story, history shows what happened.
If anyone remembers this bit of history better than I, please let me know, because I see the trail of a serial killer here and it is us. Our invasion of Iraq and our determination to invade Iran are all on this same scheming theme. Now we have done to Georgia the same and to me from out of the blue as I cannot quite put it in the long range planning from the neocon think tanks other than oil, russia’s preceived weakness just after their collapse and now the testing of that weakness by this crazy twist in our imperial empire which again we are right there on the fringes of it all.

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