Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Security Committee Vladimir Vasilyev said without US aid, Tbilisi would have been unable to start military operation in South Ossetia.
Vasilyev said the situation in South Ossetia draws parallels to the wars in Iraq and Kosovo.
“The further the situation unfolds, the more the world will understand that Georgia would never be able to do all this without America,” the Russian official added.
According to Vasilyev, the US State Department refused to comment on reports by South Ossetian defense officials that Georgia was planning an imminent aggression.
“In essence, the Americans have prepared the force, which destroys everything in South Ossetia, attacks civilians and hospitals,” he expounded.
Please tell me that out Presidential Candidates are on top of this issue. Neither one should be allowed to ignore the consequences of US occupying forces in Georgia. If the US has exacerbated this problem and allowed Putin to make his move, the indictment of the Bush Administration should be priority.
Breaking Update: Israel has provided Georgia with military assistance amid an ongoing armed conflict in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax.
DEBKAfile’s geopolitical experts note that on the surface level, the Russians are backing the separatists of S. Ossetia and neighboring Abkhazia as payback for the strengthening of American influence in tiny Georgia and its 4.5 million inhabitants. However, more immediately, the conflict has been sparked by the race for control over the pipelines carrying oil and gas out of the Caspian region.
The Russians may just bear with the pro-US Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili’s ambition to bring his country into NATO. But they draw a heavy line against his plans and those of Western oil companies, including Israeli firms, to route the oil routes from Azerbaijan and the gas lines from Turkmenistan, which transit Georgia, through Turkey instead of hooking them up to Russian pipelines.
DEBKAfile discloses Israel’s interest in the conflict from its exclusive military sources:
Jerusalem owns a strong interest in Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network. Intense negotiations are afoot between Israel Turkey, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azarbaijan for pipelines to reach Turkey and thence to Israel’s oil terminal at Ashkelon and on to its Red Sea port of Eilat. From there, supertankers can carry the gas and oil to the Far East through the Indian Ocean.
Aware of Moscow’s sensitivity on the oil question, Israel offered Russia a stake in the project but was rejected.
Georgia cracks under Moscow’s military pressure as Russian planes bomb Tbilisi internationational airport
Latest developments Sunday, Aug. 10, 08
– The Russian claim to have sunk a Georgian warship in the Black Sea during an attack on Russian vessels is not confirmed.
– Moscow rejected Georgia’s appeal for a ceasefire, demanding its unconditional withdrawal from the breakaway South Ossetia, now controlled by superior Russian forces.
– US planes have begun flying Georgian troops home from Iraq.
– They have nowhere to land after Russian air raids of Tbilisi international airport.
– Israel follows the US and NATO in recognizing Georgia’s territorial integrity.
– Abkhazia has decreed a 10-day state of war with Georgia.
– Russia has bombarded two Georgian villages in secessionist Abkhazia’s Kodori Gorge.
– UN Security Council convenes Sunday for third bid to formulate a ceasefire resolution.
– The Red Cross reports 40,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Russian-Georgian conflict.
– Georgia “temporarily” pulled troops out of South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali but remains in the breakaway region.
– Saakashvili offers Moscow an immediate ceasefire to stop “this madness.”
– An additional 10,000 Russian troops have entered the region.
– Russian Black Sea warships were ordered to block weapons delivery by sea to Georgia and support Abkhazian rebellion.
– Georgia says Russia dropped three bombs on military airfield near the capital, Tbilisi.
– Tbilisi has asked the US to mediate in the crisis.
As these developments unfold, would this be the sneaky Bush spark to ignite Armageddon? You may notice that Bush was in church as this war started. After speaking with Putin, he merrily went along his way, knowing all along what Putin had in mind. Bush and the NeoCons in Israel have prepared a long time for this moment. No wonder Bush was safely protected by a church far far away. Bush had planned this production for a long time … will he let it escalate to the point where he imposes his executive order? Will he suspend elections to remain Commander-In Thief? We anticipated this deadly development for a long time … no one listened.