13 August, 2008

Saakashvili's Big Blunder

The Georgian president grossly miscalculated when he sent his forces into war. Believing he was the West's darling and point man in the Caucasus and that Russia would react cautiously and with restraint - Saakashvili invaded South Ossetia.

Instead Russia has acted with an iron fist; pounding and swiftly sweeping the Georgians out. And within the last few days, thousands have died; tens of thousands have been uprooted and displaced; whole livelihoods have been destroyed. All because of one man's short sightedness and silliness.

As always, Western politicians and leaders are unashamedly hypocritical and biased in their reaction. They never used the same language and never criticized in the same tone - America's invasion, crushing and occupation of Iraq; or Israel's invasion and destruction of Lebanon, or its strangulation of Gaza. To them, America and Israel were/are acting in self defense and protecting their interests and were/are not aggressors; while Russia, now, is portrayed as an aggressor and a bully.

What is painful and sad in all this, is to watch the many people so badly affected due to one man's blunder. Who is to blame or who is wrong, is not most important now; what is of priority and of concern, is how to help the thousands of people on both sides - children, women and the elderly uttermost - whose lives have been wrecked and who are now homeless and in need; they need the World's attention and care. And if there is any body to most blame for this mess, it's none other than the reckless Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili.