The US backed government of Georgia invaded the independent region of South Ossetia in part to force Poland to accept the placement of its missile shield technologies. That technology is supposed to be defensive however its is offensive because it would leave Russia vulnerable to attacks from or sponsored by the US. It is also offensive because, as I explain in the previous entry, Poland and other countries are getting major weapon upgrades and admission into NATO in exchange for implimenting the shields, this includes new Patriot Missiles fro Poland easily capible of striking Russian cities. With the shields in place Russia would be all but defenseless against such attacks.
The following AP story verifies that this is a huge piece of the puzzle in this ongoing conflict. Of course the control US propaganda tools like CNN and Fox News are covering an AMAZING new diet pill instead!
As this article shows, Russia may very well invade Poland (and the Czech Republic) in order to remove this threat to Russia independence and security.
To understand why this matters, think of it this way. Were Russia to place missiles and satellite blocking equipment capable of knocking down US weapons and communications in Cuba, were they then to establish Mexico or Canada as a heavily armed puppet state, even working to bring them into the Russian Federation, how would the United States react? If Russia assured the US that the equipment was only being installed to keep an eye on those evil Jamaicans who were threatening the world with a mega bong, would we buy it? Would the US assume peaceful motives on the part of Russia and let it slide, or would we declare war in order to assure our ability to defend ourselves, our allies and our place in the world? This is the position the Cheney/Bush junta is now placing Russia in. Russia can not ignore this insulting threat to their national security and continued existence.
AND its probably no coincidence that this new weapons system is planned to go on line in 2012! But I discuss those prophecies elsewhere.
As usual, this news story will be unedited other than for my emphasis of certain points and bracketed blue comments:
West presses for end to Georgia conflict
By MATTI FRIEDMAN, Associated Press Writer 27 minutes ago (Source)
TBILISI, Georgia - Western leaders engaged in intense diplomacy Friday to persuade Russia to pull troops out of Georgia, but regional tensions soared after a top Russian general warned that Poland could face attack over its missile defense deal with the United States.
In his strongest declaration of support for Georgia, President Bush declared that America would stand by the Georgian people and that the staunch American ally's territorial integrity must be respected after last week's eruption of violence.
[Note: South Ossetia is NOT part of Georgia's territory and the Russians moved into Georgia because Georgia moved into South Ossetia initially murdering over 1600 civilians, mostly Russians -- the death toll is still rising. Witnessess on the ground say that Tskhinvali (South Ossetia's capital city) is in ruins after heavy shelling by Georgian forces, and that people are fleeing across the border into Russia for saftety. IF South Ossetia was part of Georgia why is Georgia bombing it into the stone age and forcing the cilvilians there to flee into Russia?]
"We will not cast them aside," he [Bush] said in Washington.
But Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at virtually the same time, said the separatist Georgian regions at the center of the conflict appear destined for independence.
[Doesn't sound to me like Russia is trying to build an empire with this. They are supporting the continuing independence of South Ossetia and the Abkhazians].
"After what happened, it's unlikely Ossetians and Abkhazians will ever be able to live together with Georgia in one state," he said in a joint news conference in the Russian resort of Sochi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Georgia Friday to press President Mikhail Saakashvili to sign a fragile cease-fire deal. It would require major Georgian concessions, but Rice said the U.S. would never ask Georgia to agree to something that isn't in its best interests.
[Of course not! Puleese. Georgia has served its purpose, now Cheney/Condi wants to abandone them and move on to the next phase!]
The plan calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian combat troops from Georgia, but allows Russian peacekeepers who were in South Ossetia [when the] violence erupted to remain and take a greater role there.
"This is not an agreement about the future of Abkhazia and the future of South Ossetia," Rice said. "This is about getting Russian troops out," she said.
[With this the US is admitting that South Ossetia is independent and has existing and desired ties with Russia]
As the West pressed for peace, Russian Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn was quoted by Interfax News Agency on Friday as saying that by accepting a U.S. missile defense battery Poland "is exposing itself to a strike."
He pointed out that Russian military doctrine permits the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them," Interfax reported.
[Read this again: "...Russian military doctrine permits the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them..."As I posted before:
This is a very real possibility.]
Poland and the U.S. signed a deal Thursday for Poland to accept a missile defense battery as part of a system the United States says is aimed at blocking attacks by rogue nations but that Moscow claims is aimed at weakening Russia.
Also Friday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of people who have been displaced by the fighting in Georgia has risen above 118,000. Some 73,000 of those are Georgians who have remained in the country, said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond.
Meanwhile, Russian troops allowed some humanitarian supplies into the strategic city of Gori but continued their blockade, raising doubts about Russian intentions in the war-battered country.
[Because they allowed humanitarian aid doubts are raised?]
Gori, about 45 miles west of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, is key to when — or if — Russia will honor the terms of a cease-fire that calls for both sides to pull their forces back to the positions they held before fighting broke out last week in the separatist region of South Ossetia.
Russian forces also were in several other cities deep in Georgia, officials said.
By holding Gori, Russian forces effectively cut the country in half because the city sits along Georgia's only significant east-west highway. Russian military vehicles were blocking the eastern road into the city on Friday, although they allowed in one Georgia bus filled with loaves of bread.
"It's quiet there, but now there are problems with food," said Alexander Lomaia, the head of Georgia's national security council. He said he was able to tour the city during the night.
Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said Friday that there are no Russian troops in the city of Kutaisi, Georgia's second-largest city, despite reports they were headed in that direction overnight. However, he and Lomaia both said that troops remain in the Black Sea port city of Poti.
On the outskirts of Tbilisi, Georgia stepped up aid efforts at a camp for displaced people.
"We're in a difficult situation, but our government is helping us," said Zhozhona Gogidze, a displaced person. "You know I am very ashamed, we don't have a kopeck left and I'm so hungry."
Frustrations were mounting in the capital over confusion about the cease-fire deal.
"We need to understand what the international agreement is," said Archil Rezhabidze. "All these agreements are agreed only to be broken later. We should not trust them for one minute."
In a report released Friday, Human Rights Watch said it has collected evidence of Russian warplanes using cluster bomb against civilian areas in Georgia. The international rights group urged Russia to stop using the weapons, which more than 100 nations have agreed to outlaw.
The group said Russian military aircraft killed at least 11 civilians and injured dozens in the town of Gori and the village of Ruisi. Russia's Defense Ministry denied the claim, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported, citing an unnamed official who complained that the organization gathered the information from biased witnesses.
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Georgia could "forget about" getting back South Ossetia and its other breakaway province, Abkhazia. The former Soviet republic remained on edge as Russia sent tank columns to search out and destroy Georgian military equipment.
Georgian officials accused Russia of sending a column of tanks and other armored vehicles toward Kutaisi, the second-largest city in Georgia, then said the convey stopped about 35 miles out.
"We have no idea what they're doing there, why the movement, where they're going," Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze said in a telephone briefing. "One explanation could be they are trying to rattle the civilian population."
The U.S. said a move toward Kutaisi would be a matter of great concern, but two defense officials told The Associated Press the Pentagon did not detect any major movement by Russia troops or tanks. There was no immediate response from Russia itself.
"I think the world should think very carefully about what is going on here," Saakashvili said. "We need to stop everything that can be stopped now."
[Why the world? Its because Saakashvilihas been promised that in payment for his country invading South Ossetia and beginning these conflicts with Russia they will be granted a place of honor in the coming global government! He says it directly in this video:
In a speech, seen in this video, the Georgian president says "it's time to move from words to action because this is not going to go away. This nation is fighting for it's survival, but we are also fighting for world peace and we are also fighting for a future World Order."
Can there be any remaining doubt when even the president of Georgia admits why his US puppet government invaded Russia?]
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Thursday that Russia was in danger of hurting relations with the U.S. "for years to come" but said he did not see "any prospect" for the use of American military force in Georgia.
Associated Press writers Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili and Matti Friedman in Tbilisi, Georgia; Mansur Mirovalev in Tskhinvali, Georgia; Jim Heintz and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow; Alexander Higgins in Geneva; Carley Petesch in New York; Matthew Lee traveling with Rice; and Terence Hunt in Washington contributed to this report.