This time, Georgia gets the blame - Macleans.ca
 

This time, Georgia gets the blame

An EU report is expected to fault Saakashvili for the Ossetia war


 

This time, Georgia gets the blameIt’s a classic case of whodunit. Everyone can agree that there was a war in South Ossetia a year ago, but no one can agree on who started it. Russia says that Georgia attacked the disputed area within the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, while Georgia says that it was responding to invading Russians. Surprisingly, this time around it looks like global opinion will favour the Russian version of events.

A number of news sources speculate that a European Union report to be released in September will place most of the blame for the August 2008 conflict on Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. So Saakashvili has issued a pre-emptive strike: a 190-page counter-report concluding that Russia “launched a large-scale assault on Georgia,” which necessitated a response.

“Our beloved nation was fighting for its very existence,” he explained earlier this month. “The heirs of the old KGB decided to put an end to what they call the ‘Georgian project,’ our collective attempt to build a European state.” Saakashvili’s report alleges that Georgian troops began shelling South Ossetia’s capital, Tskhinvali, only after 150 Russian tanks and armoured vehicles entered. Experts have been unable to verify these claims.

An international condemnation would be striking, given that Georgia has been touted as a bulwark against Russian territorial ambitions, and a leader of post-Soviet democratic states. That has earned it the friendship of many—including the U.S. But without more convincing evidence of Russian provocation, that will change quickly.

Most importantly, a damning report will likely stall Georgia’s bid to join NATO. “Georgia’s dream is shattered,” concedes Christopher Langton, a retired British Army colonel and commission member. “But the country can only blame itself for that.”


 

This time, Georgia gets the blame

  1. So now even the EU's experts agree with the evidence that Georgia is a state which uses military force to attack citizens in disputed regions, instead of trying to settle the territorial claims through negotiation and peaceful diplomacy.

    With the evidence at hand it is clear that Abkhazia and South Ossetia can never again be part of Georgia.

    The obvious solution is therefore to now recognize them as independent states and bring them into international community where they can sit at the table side by side and resolve their differences with Georgia in an orderly way, as peaceful neighbors guided by the established framework of international relations and rules of conduct between sovereign states.

    Of all alternatives, this is the only good and realistic one for a long term solution that will actually work.

  2. @Anderson

    How nice. God for whom? Russia goes on killing people and getting their land and you think it's good to recognize their 'achivments'? I don't think 'that will actually work'. What will work is, Russia goes back to Russia and leaves as in peace. It will work better and is definitly 'long term solution'