By Daniel Greenfield l August 8, 2008
Russia has made its first move to invade a former USSR Republic sending over 50 tanks and fighter jets into Georgia and bombing a Georgian city. After pressuring the pathetic Olmert government of Israel into suspending arms sales to Georgia in the faint suggestion that Russia might stop selling nuclear technology to Iran (which it will not) and intimidating the Voice of America into broadcasting a pro-Russian position– Russia has begun the invasion of Georgia.
While most Americans may not know what or where Georgia is, Russia’s invasion is significant in the same way that Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia was. Following a national hate campaign orchestrated by Putin against Georgians that involved expulsions and assaults on ethnic Georgians in Russia, and attempts by the FSB/KGB to assassinate Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili– KGB thug Putin has now declared outright war on Georgia.
The Russian regime is duplicating the tactics of Nazi Germany against Czechoslovakia, using their “ethnic minority” to carve up a neighboring country and use the tensions they have created to invade and take it over. The Russian attack on Georgia is only the beginning of a campaign of takeovers against all of the former Soviet republics and all of the Warsaw Pact states, something that had always been a goal of the Putin regime.
Flush with oil and gas profits, Russia is once again funding terrorism and war across the world, from Iran to Venezuela, and is preparing to seize its neighboring countries, while the U.S. is distracted in Iran. The failure of the world to react to Russia’s invasion is a disastrous moral, political and security failure that will have untold consequences as the Russian campaign of conquest continues.
With Russian tanks and jets waging war on Georgia and with Russia’s puppet government of thugs and drug dealers in Chechnya proposing to send two battalions of “peacekeeping troops,” the situation is about to get much uglier. The United States has abandoned Georgia. Israel has abandoned Georgia. Most of Europe couldn’t care less. Only a handful of British papers are reporting some of the truth, instead of repeating talking points straight from Moscow.
We’ve seen this happen before and we know how it ends. Russia is testing the West, just as Germany did when it marched into the Rhineland and then invaded Czechoslovakia and then Poland. Russia has already managed to isolate Georgia from NATO. If Russia gets the message that no one cares what happens in South Ossetia, it will move under the cover of “peacekeeping troops” to finish the job.
There are few countries in Eastern Europe that can’t be carved up piece by piece. McCain knows this, which is why he has called on Russian forces to leave Georgia immediately.
“The news reports indicate that the Russian military forces crossed an internationally recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia. Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces.
The consequences to Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave. The government of Georgia has called for a cease fire and for resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The U.S. should immediately work with the EU and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course that it has chosen.”
Candidate Obama has issued a typically meaningless statement calling on both sides to avoid violence. The difference is clear once again, McCain understands Russia, Obama does not. When McCain said that he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw KGB, he got what is going on in Russia now, at a time when despite the brutal crackdown on the press, the assassination of Putin opponents abroad, the propaganda campaign constantly boiling in Russia against America, England and Israel– all typical of the Stalin-era USSR, most of the world remains in denial about what is going on in Russia.
Russian problems have a habit of not remaining in Russia. Russian problems are now spilling out across the world in the form of violence, espionage, blackmail and terrorism. If we don’t at least condemn Russia’s actions in Georgia in the harshest terms and begin providing full military aid to Georgia, as Russia provided to Saddam’s Iraq right before the U.S. invasion, then we will lose our moral standing and we will give Russia the signal that Georgia and any other former Soviet republics are on the table.
Like Chamberlain, we will have prepared the banquet feast for tyranny’s table.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and freelance commentator with a special focus on the War on Terror and the rising threat to Western Civilization. Mr. Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He maintains a blog and is a contributor to