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Russian Tanks Roll Over Georgia

Posted by Paul Woodland | 6 Comments

Ah yes... Good old European diplomacy. I\'m sure they will still be debating what to do when Russia seizes the only non-Russian oil pipeline to Europe. They will probably still be debating this when Russia rolls back into Berlin. Hopefully, they will make up their minds before Russia reaches the English Channel.

Ah yes... Good old European diplomacy. I'm sure they will still be debating what to do when Russia seizes the only non-Russian oil pipeline to Europe. They will probably still be debating this when Russia rolls back into Berlin. Hopefully, they will make up their minds before Russia reaches the English Channel.

Before the bombs fell there seems to have been a coordinated cyber attack on Georgia’s infrastructure, which has continued throughout the war. Poland has lent space on it’s president’s website for Georgia to post updates on the conflict. Estonia is hosting Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website, and two Estonian computer experts are heading to Georgia to keep the country’s networks running. Other government websites are switching to US based hosting. *Update* Is Russia behind the cyber attacks? It’s hard to say.

Even if Russia curtails it’s military ambitions there are many interesting issues raised by the Georgia invasion like, “What are we going to do about access to the International Space Station when the current space shuttle is retired in 2010?” The plan had been to use Russian Soyuz vehicles for crew access and lifeboat operations until Orion was complete in 2014. However, chilling US-Russian relations might lead to Russia denying the US access or charging exorbitant fees.

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6 Responses to “Russian Tanks Roll Over Georgia”

  1. Joel L. Friedlander
    August 13th, 2008 @

    Today is my day to quote from favorite movies:
    This is from “The Westerner,” with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan:
    Judge Roy W. Bean, “You know I like you Cole.” addressing himself to the Gary Cooper character.
    Cole: Well I like you too Judge, but you know, when I was a boy I had a pet rattle snake and I liked it a whole lot, but I wouldn’t turn my back on it”

    Now I think that little bit of repartee aptly sets out what our relationship with the Soviet Union should be like. In support of my contention I defy you to look at Vladimir Putin and then tell me that he doesn’t look like a KGB snake!

    Of course we have been dissing the Russians for two years now with Bush’s continual insistence that he is going to put anti missile bases in countries on the border of the Russians. The only reason they haven’t come down harder on us is that they obviously know that George W. Bush is an idiot and will soon be replaced with someone who isn’t. Of course, Bush judged Putin right off the bat:

    “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul.” —George W. Bush, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, June 16, 2001.

    I don’t think that the Georgians feel the same way about Putin!

  2. Eric
    August 13th, 2008 @

    Joel, aside from the Bush is an idiot stuff, I agree.

    Anyone interested in some damn good reading about the history of Russia in the Caucaus and Central Asia should pick up Peter Hopkirk’s Great Game triology. What this does is really paint a picture for why Russia will never, ever be satisified with its existing terrorities. Their latest exercises in Georgia are a continuation of the expansion they began in earnest in the 18th century. To think some finger wagging will keep them at bay really, really underestimates what motivates the Russians.

    As for Bush’s bad initial judgement of Putin, I remind everyone that Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. My point, bad judgement happens.

    Yes, looking back, Putin was never to be trusted. But Bush reached out to him at a time when the US was looking to heal the wounds of the Cold War. One reason the Bush administration took so long to grasp the ins and outs of the Middle East was due to the fact his White House was stacked full of Russia experts. Bush came into office with this grand idea of opening up the former Soviet Union fully to the West and trading partners and energy suppliers.

  3. Scarlett
    August 13th, 2008 @

    Oh dear! Why must the North always be marching into my home. Please don’t let them burn Atlanta again!

  4. Joel L. Friedlander
    August 13th, 2008 @

    Why did the Russians do it, because, from “Gone With The Wind”:

    Gerald O’Hara: Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, that Tara, that land doesn’t mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.

  5. Matt F
    August 14th, 2008 @

    To quote Mr. Luthor,

    Lex Luthor: “You know what my father used to say to me? He said, you can print money, manufacture diamonds, and people are a dime a dozen, but they’ll always need land. It’s the one thing they’re not making any more of”.

  6. Paul Woodland
    August 14th, 2008 @

    This will change, but I love how the contextual advertising is currently offering up hot Russian beauties.

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