Who Is At Fault In Georgia War?

Serge Halimi, writing in Le Monde Diplomatique, notes in an ironic tone that Russia is being condemned by nations who have acted in unilateral ways but apparently become upset if other countries employ the same means of conflict resolution. He asks, if “somebody other than Saakashvili… had started a war, would western capitals and their media have been able to contain righteous indignation at such” an action? Halimi points out the West ignores behavior of Georgia in creating a way but will not tolerate Serbia from using similar tactics n Kosovo. “The moral of this story is even more enlightening when, to defend his country’s borders, the charming pro-American Saakashvili repatriates some of the 2,000 soldiers he had sent to invade Iraq.” The author sarcastically notes the solemn tone of George Bush who urges nations of the world to respect “sovereignty and independence and territorial integrity” by respecting the borders of other nations.

The reaction of the United States to the invasion of Georgia is simply a manifestation of an arrogance of power by the Bush administration which allows it to invade and conquer but is infuriated at the actions of other nations to engage in violence. In reality, argues Halimi, the real issue is a refusal on the part of the United States to recognize Russian rights to security of its borders. Georgia is a symptom of the desire by Bush to humiliate Russia and make it bend under to US demands.