Has the Cold War Reemerged From the Ashes of the Soviet Union?

The Two Spheres of Power during the Cold War

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union and Nobel peace price winner in 1990 wrote an article on 14 August 2008 claiming that Russia had to respond to the attack on South Ossetia. In many ways, I agree with with Mr Gorbachev.

Although sympathy and goodwill of the citizens around the world were given to the underdog (Georgia), one must remember to look at the Georgian war from a neutral standpoint. The real roots of this tragedy lies way back in 1991 when Georgia’s seperatist leaders decided to abolish South Ossetian autonomy. Each time the Georgians were to interfere in the autonomy of both South Ossentia and Abkhazia, blood would be shed.

On 7th of August 2008, the Georgian military did the unimaginable by attacking the South Ossentian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launches designed to devastate large areas. Contrary to popular believe that Goliath was attacking and bullying the tiny, puny, weak, and defenseless Georgia, is not just a misunderstanding, but an outright lie.

When one analyzes military history, one should look at the motive behind the conflict. More often than not, the real agenda is economic. In reality, Georgia wanted to join Nato and desired closer ties with the ‘richer’ United States and Western Europe. Bear in mind that the Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of US instructors and using modern military equipment bought from a number of countries.

The United States in line with the theory above (military action for economic reasons) declared its stance soon after Russia’s military offensive and condemned their actions. But by declaring that Georgia was “national interest,” the United States betrayed its position. If one would look at the map, one would find that the Caucasus is thousands of miles away from mainland America!

When an emotional President Mikhail Saakashvili signed the ceasefire on 15 August, he blamed Russia for military aggression and international indifference. Even George Bush said that bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century.

Do not be fooled! The United States has time in time again used both bullying and intimidation to achieve its own ends!

The truth is that Georgia sent troops into South Ossetia that triggered a counterstrike by Russia. Just the bombardment on August 7 by Georgian troops on the South Ossentian capital killed more than 1,600 civilians (according to Russia), many of them Russians. How then can Russia be given international blame?

The Georgian War

~ Russia’s assault on Georgia has sent a clear signal of Moscow’s readiness to assert itself, not just in Georgia but also towards the West. The Kremlin has established it will not tolerate signs of independence from its neighbors, including bids to join Nato.


Georgia (The Underdog and Troublemaker)

Analyst believe President Mikheil Saakashvili has little hope of reasserting authority in breakaway regions after failed attempt by Georgian army to reclaim South Ossetia by force (duh).

Saakashvili stalls for three days before signing French-brokered peace deal, but insists agreement is not final statement (you asked for it….).

BBC Facts:

  • Full name: Georgia
  • Population: 4.4 million (UN, 2008)
  • Capital: Tbilisi
  • Area: 69,700 sq km (26,911 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Georgian, Russian
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 67 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 lari = 100 tetri
  • Main exports: Scrap metal, wine, fruit
  • GNI per capita: US $2,120 (World Bank, 2007)
  • Internet domain: .ge
  • International dialling code: +995

The United States of America (The Busybody)

Critics accuse Bush administration of low-key response and for helping create conflict by aligning itself too closely with Saakashvil.

Possible retaliations include expelling Russia from G8 and blocking it from joining WTO (both will not materialize due to obvious reasons..Russia is an energy producing giant).

BBC Facts:

  • Full name: Russian Federation
  • Population: 142.8 million (UN, 2008)
  • Capital: Moscow
  • Area: 17 million sq km (6.6 million sq miles)
  • Major language: Russian
  • Major religions: Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 59 years (men), 73 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 rouble = 100 kopecks
  • Main exports: Oil and oil products, natural gas, wood and wood products, metals, chemicals, weapons and military equipment
  • GNI per capita: US $7,560 (World Bank, 2007)
  • Internet domain: .ru
  • International dialling code: +7

Russia (The Big Brother of the Caucasus)

Conflict has confirmed president-turned-prime minister Vladimir Putin remains in charge (bloody sly guy..someone should call him the Winter Fox or something..did I mention he saved a newscaster by shooting a tiger?..True story..If only my Prime Minister was like him..All hail Pudding!! Opps..Putin..).

Despite agreeing to peace plan which calls for troops to return to positions before war, Russian forces continue to destroy Georgia’s military infrastructure (this is a right move..prevents further conflict!).

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declares Georgia’s territorial integrity a dead issue (haven’t you heard of Jesus ressurrecting the dead?..I promise, this issue is dead for now……).

BBC Facts

  • Full name: United States of America
  • Population: 308.8 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: Washington DC
  • Largest city: New York City
  • Area: 9.8 million sq km (3.8 million sq miles)
  • Major language: English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 US dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food and live animals, military equipment and aircraft
  • GNI per capita: US $46,040 (World Bank, 2007)
  • Internet domain: .us
  • International dialling code: +1
In response to the US dispatching warships to deliver aid to Georgia, Russia has dispatched its own warships to Venezuela on 23rd September. The navy dispatched the nuclear-powered cruiser, Peter the Great (Pyotr Veliky) together with three other ships from the Northern Fleet’s base in Severomorsk.
Together with the ships, Russia sent a pair of strategic bombers on a weeklong visit to Venezuela. Russia has signed weapons contracts worth more than US$4bil with Venezuela since 2005 to supply fighter jets, helicopters, and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles.
This if the first deployment of Russian forces to the Western Hemisphere since the Cold War!
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