Eyewitness accounts from international observers and western analysts have finally come out in near unanimous condemnation of the Georgian Republic and its unprovoked attack on civilians in the semi-separatist states of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the offensive against Russian peace keepers stationed in those provinces to protect the largely Russian population. Western press reports claimed the Russians had launched the military conflict in order to steal away provinces and their key transport links to the eastern oil fields and the Black Sea ports for export to Europe.
The problem lies in the lies, as usual, and it now has been revealed that Georgian President Shaakashvilli consulted with two U.S. diplomats and got a “green light” for their invasion directly from the White House. Out of pity for the modest number of refugees generated by the violence, Bush sent the U.S. 6th Fleet from the Mediterranean into the Black Sea. Now, the Black Sea has been considered a Russian “duck pond” ever since John Paul Jones built Catherine a fleet in the 18th century, creating the first real navy in the history of the Russian empire. For the United States to send warships, complete with missile cruisers to deliver “humanitarian aid” to the displaced Ossetians was not simply offensive, in the view of the Moscovites, but a declaration of a rekindling of the Cold War. This view was reinforced by the American/NATO plan to install missiles and radar in Poland and the Czech Republic, ostensibly to defend Europe from attack by Iran, if and when they get the nuclear warheads for the missiles they haven’t yet developed to make war on Norway and Holland.
In reaction, the Russians have sailed their major squadron from the Sebastopol fleet through the Dardanells and Bosphorus south along the Turkish coast to establish a new port facility in Syria for a future presence in the eastern Med, then got underway to return the insult to their national waters by challenging our century-old Monroe Doctrine banning foreign fleets from our hemisphere. As this is written the Russians are enjoying shore leave in Caracas, Venezuela, in preparation for joint naval war games with their host, Hugo Chaves’ navy south of Cuba in our own “ocean of influence,” the Caribbean.
But the big question remains: What objective does the departing Bush regime have in purposely offending the Russians?
What future conflict is being planned by the powers whose bidding the Bush gangsters so loyally serves? In Iraq they lied for oil, but what do we want from this new offensive of falsehoods?
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.