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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Tbilisi alleges 'massacres' near South Ossetia Reply with quote

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Tbilisi alleges 'massacres' near South Ossetia (Under Control Of Russian Army)
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A senior Georgian government official alleged Tuesday that ethnic Ossetians were carrying out "massacres" of ethnic Georgians near the rebel province of South Ossetia.

"South Ossetians supported by Russians are committing horrible massacres in Georgian villages," Georgian National Security Council Secretary Alexander Lomaia told AFP. His charge could not be verified independently.

His comments came two days after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other top Russian officials accused the Georgian government and its troops of committing "genocide" against ethnic Ossetians in the province.

They also coincided with Georgia filing a complaint in The Hague with the International Court of Justice for "ethnic cleansing" in its conflict with Russia.

Earlier Tuesday, the Georgian foreign ministry also released a statement saying Russian soldiers in South Ossetia were standing by as Ossetian separatists committed acts of "ethnic cleansing."

"South Ossetian separatists entered the village of Disevi in Gori district and committed acts of ethnic cleansing, burning houses and attacking the population," the ministry said charged.

Bloomberg wrote:

McCain Slams Russian Move Into Georgia, Cites Oil Tie

By Edwin Chen and Ken Fireman

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Russia's push into Georgia is meant to ``send a signal'' to other pro-Western nations in the region, as he linked the conflict to the danger of U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Addressing the crisis for the second straight day, McCain said Georgia, in addition to being a strong U.S. ally, lies at a ``strategic crossroads'' for oil exports from the Caspian Sea region.

McCain wrote:

"Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory," McCain said in a statement to reporters shortly after his campaign plane landed in Iowa.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: U.S. may seek to punish Russia for Georgia Reply with quote

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U.S. may seek to punish Russia for Georgia

Official says no more "business as usual" with Russia, promises consequences

U.S. boycotts NATO meeting; NATO cancels naval exercise with Russia

Washington and its allies consider dropping Moscow from Group of Eight


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:51 pm    Post subject: President Bush orders U.S. military to help Georgian civilia Reply with quote

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President Bush orders U.S. military to help Georgian civiliansStory Highlights

NEW: U.S. Air Force jet lands in Georgia with humanitarian aid

NEW: Bush warns Russia not to interfere with humanitarian shipments

U.S., allies may kick Russia out of G-8, international organizations as punishment
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Bad New Bear Reply with quote

Peter Brookes wrote:

Bad New Bear

By Peter Brookes
New York Post | 8/18/2008

The Russian bear is back. Today's Kremlin is cocky, nationalistic, rich and bent on asserting Russia as a great power with distinct interests - not only in its neighborhood or "near abroad" - but across the globe.

It entered 2008 in its strongest position since the fall of the Berlin Wall, continually reorienting its foreign policy to one that is independent, strikingly outspoken, and even anti-West.

Russia is vying to lord over its traditional sphere of influence (like Imperialist Russia) and take its place on the world stage as a power-broker (like the Soviet Union).

Quite simply: The Kremlin plans to reinstate Russia's superpower status.

In 2005, then-president Vladimir Putin (now prime minister, with little difference in power) told the Russian parliament the greatest geo-political tragedy of the 20th century was the fall of the Soviet Union.

This is clearly telling of the Kremlin's mindset. So while cooperation is still possible, there'll be issues of critical importance where Russia will not align itself with Western or US interests.

Russia can certainly throw its weight around, not only with its million-man army, but its natural resources - it's the No. 1 producer of natural gas, and the No. 2 producer of oil - and its veto spot on the UN Security Council.

Here's a guide to Russia's immediate interests:


Georgian areas: Russia invades Georgia with tanks and tens of thousands of troops over violence in the breakaway region of South Ossetia, a punitive strike against Georgian forces and an effort to bring down the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili. It also occupies Abkhazia, another separatist area of Georgia. Russia may push for the independence of both South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Kaliningrad: Russia has threatened both Poland and the Czech Republic over the stationing of a US missile defense system, including a radar and 10 interceptors, aimed against the Iranian threat. Threats have included a military buildup in the Russian enclave Kaliningrad (a sliver of Russia between Lithuanian and Poland) and the basing of missiles in neighboring Belarus.

Transnistria: Russia has troops in the breakaway region of Transnistria in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, protecting the interests of the ethnic Russian separatists there. Unhappy with the West's support for Kosovo's independence earlier this year, Russia may also push this region toward separatism, too.

Ukraine: Moscow has warned Kiev (and Tbilisi) against joining NATO. Russian intelligence is suspected of complicity in the plot to poison - and kill - a West-leaning presidential candidate, and now president, Viktor Yushchenko in 2004. Russia will continue to pressure Ukraine from joining the West.

Uzbekistan: Russia (along with China) pressured the former Soviet Central Asia Republic of Uzbekistan to close the US air base at Karshi-Khanabad, supporting Afghanistan operations. It complied. Moscow tried to do the same in Kyrgyzstan - unsuccessfully. In the same region, Kazakhstan is run by a former communist official sympathetic to Russia.

Estonia: Government-backed Russian hackers attacked Estonian government computers and press Web sites after Tallinn plans to move a Red Army soldier statue. Russia has also tried to penetrate the Pentagon's computers and probably crashed Georgian government networks during the invasion.


Iran: Moscow has been building Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr since the mid-1990s and has already supplied the nuclear fuel. Iran is buying $1 billion in Russian arms, mostly air defense systems for protecting its nuclear facilities. After Georgia, any help with halting Iran's nuclear program at the UN Security Council is unlikely.

Syria: Russia forgave Syria its $15 billion in Cold War debt so Damascus could buy $1 billion in new Russian arms, mostly advanced air defense systems.

Qatar: Russia has engaged Qatar, a country with the world's No. 3 natural gas reserves, about forming an OPEC-like natural gas cartel, which would control the supply and price of this energy source. Moscow has also talked to Tehran and Caracas about joining.

China: Russia is the source of China's most advanced weapons, supporting Beijing's major military build-up. Moscow and Beijing have also begun regular joint military exercises. While the two sides have a difficult, bilateral history, they see each other as strategic partners in balancing US power in the world.

Venezuela: Moscow has sold $3-$4 billion in advanced Russian arms to Caracas, supporting President Hugo Chavez's socialist Bolivarian Revolution and his bid for hegemony in Latin America. Caracas has recently expressed a readiness to host Russian military bases.


Europe: Europe is heavily dependent on Russian energy supplies, getting as much as 40% of its natural gas and 25% of its oil from Russian fields. The continent's reliance on Russian energy has served to significantly dampen criticism of Russian actions around the world.

North Korea: Russia helped its former client state, North Korea, build its first nuclear reactor; now it's a member of the Six-Party Talks, aimed at rolling back the nuclear weapons Pyongyang derived from that reactor. While no longer close, Moscow may like how it serves as a distraction to Washington.

Arctic: A Russian submarine planted a titanium flag on the Arctic Ocean floor, laying claim to the potentially resource-rich seabed. Other Arctic states disagree with Russia's claim, raising the specter of the militarization of the North Pole.

Peter Brookes, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, is a senior fellow for National Security Affairs at The Heritage Foundation.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:00 pm    Post subject: Our World: Iran's American protector Reply with quote


Dear Compatriots,

While ago we did write you about Mr. Robert Gates and his appeasing ways towards Mullah's. He was the one who recommended that Iranian Americans go to Iran. In a open letter we did ask him wether he will guarantee the safe return of Iranian Americans after their trip to Mullah's occupied Iran! Do you remember? Now, Caroline Glick, most eloquently has opened up Mr. Gates (The darling of the far left Democrats) case towards Mullah's. One thing for sure. Mr. Gates has never been the friend of Mullah's opposition. to the contrary. He supports and appeases the Mullah's as they are God's gift on earth! Please read the below. You will get some valuable insights. You will know how appeasing the system is towards the Mullah's. Only our unity can save us all from the underhanded plays of such characters.

JUST REMEMBER. MADAM RICE IS CALLING FOR "MULLAH'S BEHAVIOR CHANGE" NOT THE "REGIME CHANGE"!! Maybe she thinks Mullah's are dogs that you can teach them new tricks! The Iranian American community thanks Ms. Glick for her articles about our land. God Bless. P.S. Caroline Glick has a brand new book out called "Warrior in Chain". Please ask for it in your book stores.

Our World: Iran's American protector

By Caroline Glick

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is the darling of Bush administration foes. Gushing about Gates in a recent column, Washington Post writer David Ignatius crooned, "Gates is an anomaly in this lame-duck administration. He is still firing on all cylinders, working to repair the damage done at the Pentagon by his arrogant and aloof predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld." Ignatius called on the next administration to give Gates a major role leading its foreign and defense policy.

It can only be hoped that Ignatius's advice will be ignored.

Today the US strategic posture lies in tatters in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of US ally Georgia. The fact that aside from issuing strong reprimands the administration has no policy for contending with Russia's aggression shows clearly that the move caught Washington completely by surprise.

That Russia was apparently able to invade Georgia without US foreknowledge is a stinging indictment of all US intelligence agencies. As was the case before the September 11, 2001 attacks, again US intelligence agencies have failed their country.

Editorial: Mullahs in space

But America's intelligence agencies' failure to comprehend the significance of Russia's intentions was not theirs alone. It was shared as well by Gates and by his State Department counterpart Condoleezza Rice. Both senior cabinet secretaries simply failed to notice what Russia was doing, or how its actions would influence US interests.

GATES'S DENIAL of Moscow's strategic hostility to the US was made clear as late as last month. As Russia built up its forces along Georgia's borders, Gates released his new National Defense Strategy which he presented as "a blueprint for success" for the next administration.

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