Georgia Is Like A Stray Puppy
August 13, 2008 7:44pm CST
Imagine if you are driving down the road and on the side of the road is a stray puppy. You see this sight of a poor puppy and you think about pulling over and picking up the puppy but you stop yourself because you already have three dogs. The nation of Georgia is just like a puppy, sure it is cute and you just want to help it out, but there is nothing you can do for it. What is happening to Georgia might be bad but it is of no business of ours. Yes I know Georgia is an ally of the US, but only out of convenience to themselves. The US has nothing to gain from protecting this little country. We are not talking about Russia invading western Europe here folks.
14 Aug 08
I do not know what to say. I think the United States should protect Georgia, but how can you do it? Maybe negotiations would be better. Mind you if there are massacres of Georgian citizens, and war crimes, then the States should step in. After all, they did in the case of Bosnia and Serbia. I do think the United States should make clear that Russia conducts itself honorably as far as the Georgians are concerned and do not go and torture innocent civilians. But America is in a pickle here. It would be dammed if it does and dammed if it does not. I do not want to see another world conflict. Get them to talk differences over the table.
14 Aug 08
It is true to say that we cannot realistically do anything for Georgia in terms of going to war on its behalf. I think we've had our fill of unnecessary interventions already over the last 8 years and we certainly don't need to open up another front, particularly against Russia. That said, there are ways where the US can support Georgia, diplomatically and economically. I don't believe in megophone diplomacy, but I think that the US /EU need to talk to Russia behind the scenes making clear to them that though we are prepared to continue our partnership with Russia, this is only if Russia pulls back its forces. If not, Russia needs to then understand that there will be negative consequences for its own interests, particularly in business as Western companies won't want to invest in Russia if they can see that Russia is not a reliable partner. If Russia persists in occupying Georgia beyond Abkazia and S. Ossetia, then it will be isolated in much of the Western world and it will be frozen out in key international meetings, eg G8, etc