No better weekend in the last four years to start a war than the first weekend of the Olympics. I have to tell you, Russia has a great PR department these days. "OK, if you must start a war, wait until a major news event. The Olympics come tom mind."
So, what's on the line if the West, also known as the U. S. does not come to the aid of Georga?
- Russia controls the spigot of natural gas and much of the oil that flows in to Europe. Russia also has a veto vote on the UN security counsel. I've always wondered how that would work if the country committing the aggression were A) not the U. S. and B) could the the UN to sit this one out.
- The U. S. calls Georgia an Ally. If the U. S. does not come to Georgia's aid, then Taiwan, Iraq, Israel and other places will know that the U. S. has a word that is worth shit. U. S. enemies will know that the U. S. has no stomach for any more fighting and will know the time is right to take what they want will so much else is burning in the world.
- This whole thing smells exactly like how World War Two started. I mean exactly. Letters and news reports are being compared on some blogs from 1938 and 2008. It is frightening.
This is going to be one of those situations where a country invades another country and ends up getting away with it because most politicians don't want to deal with one more thing going on. No one has the balls to deal with Russia. Georgia will loose the provinces to the old invader. There will be a bit of outrage and then noticeable silence as the next big news story takes the stage before anything is done about this one. That is a real issue these days. The news cycle is like ten minutes long. Nothing can be done about anything that is wrong in that short of time. That is why nothing gets done I suppose. That is why so many people suffer from sensory overload at the news these days. I know so many people who have no idea what is going on in the world because they are scared to death of listening to the news for fear of being moved to the point of action, only to be moved again ten minutes later. By the end of the broadcast, they are slumped in a puddle of emotional indifference.
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