Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"Bear" With Me, Fellow Dojo Rats--UPDATE #3
I hope fellow Dojo Rats will indulge me; I've been suffering a nasty summer cold which makes me as grouchy as a Russian bear. Needless to say, I doubt we will get another video out this week. Additionally, my cynical nature has been drawn to extreme in the wake of recent events. More martial arts stuff will follow soon.
Meanwhile, it is necessary to examine the issues behind the conflict between Russia and it's former satellite state Georgia.
Let's begin with the excellent and thurough research of Michael Chossudovsky, of GlobalResearch.ca -- Chossoudovsky properly points out that 1500-2000 civilian casualties occured when Georgia attacked the breakaway province of South Ossetia, which was alinged with Russia. Despite this, the mainstream media is portraying this conflict as outright Russian agression.
While not a full NATO member, Georgia is fully integrated with NATO and held training exercises with Israeli and American "advisors" that Russia clearly took as a precurser to border conflict. These exercises occured in July, coresponding with a visit by Condoleza Rice. To quote Chossoudovsky's article:
"Moscow has accused NATO of "encouraging Georgia". Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov underscored the destabilizing impacts of "foreign" military aid to Georgia: .
“It all confirms our numerous warnings addressed to the international community that it is necessary to pay attention to massive arms purchasing by Georgia during several years. Now we see how these arms and Georgian special troops who had been trained by foreign specialists are used,” he said.(Moscow accuses NATO of having "encouraged Georgia" to attack South Ossetia, Russia Today, August 9, 2008)"
(D.R.)- of course, these attacks by NATO-backed Georgia were timed to coincide with the start of the Olympics. Chossoudovsky elaborates:
"A humanitarian disaster rather than a military victory was an integral part of the scenario. The objective was to destroy the provincial capital, while also inflicting a significant loss of human life.
If the objective were to restore Georgian political control over the provincial government, the operation would have been undertaken in a very different fashion, with Special Forces occupying key public buildings, communications networks and provincial institutions, rather than waging an all out bombing raid on residential areas, hospitals, not to mention Tskhinvali's University."
(D.R.)So is this more than a border war? Today is the first day CNN has even started to mention oil- yes oil pipelines that are being guarded by U.S. Special forces. But they are not telling the whole story; There is the Israeli connection.
The BTC pipeline is designed to bring Caspian Sea oil to warm water Turkish seaports, both for Israeli consumption and for export to Asia. The last few years has seen a huge influx of hi-tech weaponry, including unmanned aircraft, conventional aircraft and missile technology from Israel to Georgia. The Georgian Defense Minister is a former Israeli that speaks fluent Hebrew.
It is clear that the Georgian conflict is not regional, but a chesspiece in the Israeli-Anglo-American oil empire. Remember, the Iraq war and current occupation was not engineered to deliver oil to American markets, but rather the opposite. It was designed to keep Chinese oil interests out of Iraq, take millions of barrels of oil off the world market and drive prices up- perhaps to break the OPEC monopoly. All this in the guise of "bringing democracy".
But why Georgia, and why now?
- The Cheney/Bush administration has had to concede to Iraqi demands for a timetable for withdrawl of U.S. occupation troops. There has been a lull in terrorist-related activity Stateside and in Europe. Americans are weary of conflict, and there is a real possibility for a change in the direction of the American Government.
Simply put: the Neo-Conservatives need a new "Bogey-man". They thirst for another cold war. They profit from "Disaster Capitalism". And it could possibly benefit them to have a short-term disruption in the upcoming American election process, throwing our bankrupt state into another open-ended conflict. One with very, very high stakes, but in the words of General Smedly Butler: "War Is A Racket".
Further reading and source material:
GlobalResearch.ca - Michael Chossoudovsky
Israel Y-net News "War In Georgia- The Israeli Connection"
The Wall Street Journal "War Threatens Key Pipeline"
General Smedly Butler - "War Is A Racket" Wikipedia
Naomi Klein "The Shock Doctorine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism"
Deep background on the conflict, and just how volitile this situation is. The civilians in Ossetia and Georgia are the current victims in this proxy war that threatens to go from regional to global. The big picture is that U.S.-Israeli Iran policy is being pitted against a Russia-China alliance.
-Gorbechev sets the U.S. straight on tactical blunder
-Did John McCain's advisor and lobbiest for Georgia encourage Georgian attack?
- The Times of London: Cheney engineered conflict to prevent Obama from becoming President-- Quote:
"“George Bush's Administration is promoting interests of candidate John McCain,” said Dr Markov. “Defeated by Barak Obama on all fronts, McCain has one last card to play yet - the creation of a virtual Cold War with Russia . . . Bush himself did not want a war in South Ossetia but his Republican Party did not leave him any choice.” The Americans were now engineering an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Dr Markov added."
-And This, Also from The Times:
"The trap was set in Georgia. When President Saakashvili blundered into South Ossetia, sending in an army to shell, kill and maim on a vicious scale (against US advice and his promised word), Russia was waiting.
It was not only Mr Saakashvili who thought that he had the distraction of the Olympics to cover him; the Kremlin also knew that Mr Bush was watching basketball, and, in the longer term, that the US army was fully engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the day that the Russian tank brigade raced through the tunnel into South Ossetia, Russia has not made one wrong move. Mr Bush's remarks yesterday notwithstanding, In five days it turned an overreaching blunder by a Western-backed opponent into a devastating exposure of Western impotence, dithering and double standards on respecting national sovereignty (viz Iraq)."
-(D.R.)- and today Bush retreats to his ranch in Crawford...