Murder, rape, and ethnic cleansing during the Georgia-Russia war

A Human Rights Watch report


Human rights watch has released a comprehensive report about violations committed by Russian, Georgian, and South Ossetian forces during last summer’s war. The NGO, which interviewed more than 400 people during several months of field research, condemns Georgian and Russian forces for indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force. It reports that the Russian army allowed South Ossetian forces, including volunteer militias, to burn, pillage, rape, and murder civilians in a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing. The Russian army participated in this process “either as passive bystanders, active participants, or by providing militias with transport into villages.” Russian forces “apparently participated in the execution of two Georgian soldiers,” and they did nothing to stop the torture and execution of Georgian soldiers detained by Ossetian forces in an area “over which Russia exercised effective control.”

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Murder, rape, and ethnic cleansing during the Georgia-Russia war

  1. So, if each side had equal armaments, would it then be OK to burn, pillage, rape and murder?? The basic problem is that when the colonialists and imperialists carved out countries from their conquered territories, they clumped together various tribes that warred with each other, into one country. Now that there is so called independence, the old hatreds between the various tribes have resurfaced with no one wanting to be dominated by the other. The redrawing of borders and making new countries based on the democratic will of the residents would be the best way to avoid chaos and war. Unfortunately, the old empires have allegiances with various tribes and conflicts end up being solved with the horrors of WAR. Unfortunately, NEW imperialists are trying to control the governments of these new countries explicitely for the profit of the CORPORATIONS exploiting the resources and industries of the world. These corporations pull the strings of the US government so it would use its mighty military to control the new countries for the use of the corporations. The WAR profiteers relish chaos and conflict.