How Russia Started the Battle With Georgia
Posted by Jeff Condon on August 28, 2008
As I have read more about this situation, some things are becoming more clear. Russia claimed they were attacked first and were just preventing genocide. The comments came almost immediately and overran a huge chunk of Georgia with an estimated 2000 tanks.
I had an inkling that Georgia didn’t attack first through early news reports. After that I found an interview (speech) by the Georgian president HERE where it became more clear that Russia has been planning this for some time by a large scale military buildup on the border with Georgia. The Georgians had warned that Russia was constructing huge tank bases right over the border.
So why would Georgia attack an obviously superior force–It now seems that Russian backed insurgents led the attack against Georgia with enough firepower to demand a response. See this excerpt from an article I found today link here.
No mass atrocities were occurring, or were likely to occur, in Georgia’s breakaway enclave of South Ossetia on the night of Aug. 7-8 when Russia invaded. Later reports by journalists indicated Georgian forces had been attacked first by Russian-backed insurgents. A few hundred civilians on both sides were killed in the crossfire and bombardments.
Later in the article this opinion is given.
The fact that Russia didn’t first use diplomacy or didn’t restrict its forces to South Ossetia only reinforces reports that Moscow instigated the conflict in order to send a message. It really wanted the West to acknowledge its territorial imperium and its ability to command the region’s oil reserves.
I think this is a very reasonable opinion, after all other military interventions for genocide I can think of took months to begin with endless discussion before the start.
This was clearly a pre-planned operation by Russia to claim these territories. How much farther will they go is the question now.