TechNoir (technoir) wrote,

The news I have been following this morning.

Things have gotten worse in the war in Georgia. It started with the conflict in the Ossetia region. The Russian encouraged separatists in the region announced their intention to leave the Georgian Republic. Russia has taken the view that the Ossetians are Russian. When the Georgians
moved in to put down the separatists, the Russians attacked. To further escelate things the Russian offensive has encouraged another section of Georgia called Abkhazia to rise up. This may have been do to Russia putting troops in that region "to assist in stabilizing the region".

The Georgian Interior Ministry claimed that Russia had moved 6000 soldiers into South Ossetia by land and another 4000 into Abkhazia by sea, all preparing to attack at dawn. The Georgians have pulled back from the Ossetian city of Tskhinvali and are moving more troops to the northern section of Georgia where to the two fronts are. The Russians have moved a fleet into the Black Sea to support the war. Pretty much everyone agrees more than 2000 people are dead in roughly 3 days of fighting. That number will probably go up drastically when it is safe to go into certain area. The Russians are painting this as a humanitarian mission. Vladimir Putin is accusing the Georgians of genocide though there is no credible evidence of that. There is some evidence though some folks on both sides are doing some pretty brutal things. Georgia is reported to have burned down a church with rebels in it. The Russians have been accused of targeting Georgian civilian centers.

It is pretty clear the Georgians are out matched here. None of their allies are willing to send them troops to help cause they have their own problems and getting involved in a war with Russia is just a bad plan. It may turn into another Chechnya. I can't think Turkey will be happy about this. Having yet another neighboring state in open conflict tends to make a nation nervous, and they have plenty to worry about with Iraq as a neighbor.

All in all this is a tragedy. There will be many many people killed. It will all be muddled and complicated. In the end I don't think anyone will win and no one is really in the right here.
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