Dy’er Sez: Here we go again. Georgia is poking and prodding at South Ossetia, trying to instigate a violent response from Russia. Georgia has absolutely no hopes of winning in such a confrontation, even though they have immense backing from the US government (which is how the current Georgian government came to power in the first place)so the question lingers as to WHY they are attempting to mess with the Russian Bear.
They claim it is to reclaim the land of South Ossetia and roll it back into Georgia proper. But I don’t think they would risk their entire country in the attempt to win a small sliver of land from a super-power. The only reason that I can see for this situation is that Iran and Russia are very strong trading partners, and have mutual defense treaties between them. If Iran is attacked (by the US or Israel) Russia might intervene on behalf of Iran. If you look a map or atlas of the region, draw a line from the SW region of Russia, through Georgia going south and you end up…oh, look, you end up in Iran. What better way to keep Russia from intervening in an attack on Iran then to keep their ground troops and supplies from getting through.
See folks, when you take a look at the larger picture in the global chess game, the perspective changes. Do we REALLY want to risk a war with Russia over Iran? Is it, in any way, in our best interest? No…it’s not.
Story from AFP (posted on Raw Story):
Russia warns of force if more Georgia ‘provocations’
Russia on Saturday warned Georgia its military reserves the right to use force if the ex-Soviet state continues “provocations” in the Caucasus, one week ahead of the first anniversary of their 2008 war.
The Russian defence ministry accused Georgia of firing several times with mortars and grenades over the last four days on the capital of its rebel South Ossetia region which is recognised as independent by Russia.
“Such actions seriously worry the Russian defence ministry,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
“If such provocations posing a threat to the population of South Ossetia and the Russian military continue, the defence ministry reserves the right to use all the forces and means at its disposal.”
The angry statement came just ahead of the August 7 anniversary of the start of the war, when a Georgian military attempt to retake South Ossetia was rebuffed by Russia. Moscow then sent troops and tanks deep into Georgian territory.