Palin takes tough stance on Russia
“Palin said she supported NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia — a move Russia strongly opposes. She also said the United States must be “vigilant” about larger powers invading small democracies.” (from CNN).
O.k., let me explain it to you honey, you seem to need a little help with some things. How should I best explain?
Let’s say that in 1991 Alaska, no, bad example, let’s say Oregon decides to seek its independence from the United States and obtains it. Let’s also assume that from about 1994 to the present, Oregon’s military are trained by special teams from Russia, and Russia supplies weapons and technology to Oregon during this period of time.
(Just as Georgia won its independence from Russia and was supported militarily by the United States).
With me so far?
Now, let us also pretend that the Warsaw Pact is still in existence, and just around about the mid-90′s, Russia seals a strategic pact with Oregon, who by now, with the encouragement of Russia and some other countries, is trying to join the Warsaw Pact.
(Just as Georgia has been supported by the U.S. and other countries in their quest to join NATO).
Still with me? O.k.
So, now it’s 2008 and Oregon decides to launch a military attack against a neighboring state, say Nevada.
(As Georgia did in South Ossetia).
Just how do you think the U.S. government might react? Not much different than the Russian one did in August of this year.
And last but not least, a little lesson in geography. Georgia is located on the Black Sea with Russia bordering on the north and the countries of Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the south. So why do they want it to join Nato? Because of it’s strategic importance and oil/gas pipelines.
All of it had very little to do with democracy in any form.
So please don’t be blowing hot air in the direction of Moscow. It’s bad enough that Bush managed to talk the Poles into letting him install a missile shield there which Europe does not need and only serves to piss off the russians.
If you want to have a look at the view from the other side, I suggest this article from today’s issue of the Independent (that’s a major British newspaper you probably haven’t come across yet).
Vladimir Putin: ‘Georgia? We couldn’t just let Russia get a bloody nose’