Tuesday, August 12, 2008
More or less what I was thinking, albeit in a far more developed way. It's interesting to me how both the American and British press rarely mentions that this round of hostilities was initiated by Georgia in a pretty brutal attack, killing 1400 people. While Russia is overreacting, we're not really in a position to tell them they shouldn't have reacted. Assuming we're not willing to confront the Russian army in a direct military confrontation, there's not really much we can do. And if Saakashvili thinks he can so easily manipulate the US into an armed confrontation with Russia, I would hope, at least, that he is sadly mistaken. It in no way serves our interests to try to bail Saakashvili out of this horribly misguided blunder. If he thought there could have been any result other than that which has played out so far, then he is, to put it bluntly, a moron. We can't come running to his rescue just because he had the bad judgement to poke a mean, giant bear with a stick.