“Ceasefire in danger in Georgia” With Video


“Cessez-le-feu en danger en Géorgie”


“Ceasefire in danger in Georgia


An AFP journalist saw Wednesday dozens of houses in flames and scenes of desolation on the road to South Ossetia in Gori, in villages looted by fighters Ossetian and also some Russian military.

The USA are concerned by “credible information” on fire, killing and burning of villages in the vicinity of Gori, said the U.S. envoy Matthew Bryza the Georgian television.

In a climate of tension, the presence of a column of tanks and other armoured vehicles driven by Russian soldiers near this city on the road to Tbilisi, provoked a series of new alarmist, before being reduced to its real dimension, that of a Georgian seizure of equipment by the Russians.

Both Moscow and Tbilisi have denied that the sixty tanks, other armoured vehicles and military trucks were destined for the Georgian capital, a distance of only 90 km from Gori.

The column was seen by a dozen kilometres of Gori by several journalists, including an AFP photographer.

The Russian soldiers on board vehicles waved flags of their countries and shouted “Tbilisi, Tbilisi“, a joke taken seriously by witnesses after an armed conflict which led to many deaths.

The Russian forces peacekeeping finally be recognized Gori to evacuate a warehouse Georgian military.

However, in the evening Tbilisi said that Russian tanks blocked the main road leading to South Ossetia, near Gori.

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Russia goes back on Cease Fire.”

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2 Responses to ““Ceasefire in danger in Georgia” With Video”

  1. rosettasister Says:


    “From Green Light to Yellow”

    “Bush administration officials have been adamant in asserting that they warned the government in Tbilisi not to let Moscow provoke it into a fight — and that they were surprised when their advice went unheeded.”


    Mixed Messages

    Helene Cooper and Thom Shanker write in the New York Times that “around Washington, there are some rumblings already over whether the crisis might have somehow been headed off. . . .

    “In a flurry of briefings intended to counter the critics and overcome the impression of having been caught flatfooted, senior Bush administration officials tried to paint a portrait of American reason and calm in the midst of hot tempers in what several called ‘a hot zone.’ . . .

    “Bush administration officials have been adamant in asserting that they warned the government in Tbilisi not to let Moscow provoke it into a fight — and that they were surprised when their advice went unheeded. Right up until the hours before Georgia launched its attack late last week in South Ossetia, Washington’s top envoy for the region, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried, and other administration officials were warning the Georgians not to allow the conflict to escalate.

    “But . . . the accumulation of years of mixed messages may have made the American warnings fall on deaf ears.

    “The United States took a series of steps that emboldened Georgia: sending advisers to build up the Georgian military, including an exercise last month with more than 1,000 American troops; pressing hard to bring Georgia into the NATO orbit; championing Georgia’s fledgling democracy along Russia’s southern border; and loudly proclaiming its support for Georgia’s territorial integrity in the battle with Russia over Georgia’s separatist enclaves. . . .

    “In recent years, the United States has also taken a series of steps that have alienated Russia — including recognizing an independent Kosovo and going ahead with efforts to construct a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. By last Thursday, when the years of simmering conflict exploded into war, Russia had a point to prove to the world, even some administration officials acknowledge, while Georgia may have been under the mistaken impression that in a one-on-one fight with Russia, Georgia would have more concrete American support.”

    Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel write in the Los Angeles Times: “A senior U.S. official involved in Russia policymaking vehemently denied that the administration had sent mixed messages, arguing that although Saakashvili had long received strong support from the most senior American officials, Georgians were warned not to engage Russia militarily.

    “‘We have consistently, and on Thursday also, urged the Georgians not to move their forces in. We were unambiguous about it,’ said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity when discussing private talks with the Georgians. ‘Saakashvili had always told us he could not stand by while Georgian villages were being shelled, and we always knew this was a point of pressure. We always told him that he should not give in to the kind of provocations we knew the Russians were capable of.’

    “But [David L. Phillips, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council] said he believed that even if the State Department was warning the Russians, the Georgians heard a different message.”

    And where, oh where, might those mixed signals be coming from?

    “‘I think the State Department was assiduous in urging restraint, and Saakashvili’s buddies in the White House and Office of the Vice President kept egging him on,’ Phillips said.”

    Indeed, Barnes and Spiegel write: “[T]here are increasing signs that administration hard-liners are using the crisis to reassert their view that Moscow should be isolated.

    “Vice President Dick Cheney’s declaration Saturday that ‘Russian aggression must not go unanswered’ was seen by some experts as the first salvo of what could be a new battle over administration policy.

    “Some conservatives believe the administration has not been tough enough with Russia. Frederick W. Kagan, a neoconservative scholar who has advised the Bush administration, praised Cheney’s comment and faulted President Bush for failing to outline to the Russians the consequences of pressing their assault.”

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes: “U.S. credibility is . . . on the line as the Bush Administration stumbles to respond to the Russian invasion of Georgia. So far the Administration has been missing in action, to put it mildly. The strategic objective is twofold: to prevent Moscow from going further to topple Georgia’s democratic government in the coming days, and to deter future Russian aggression.

    “President Bush finally condemned Russia’s actions on Monday after a weekend of Olympics tourism in Beijing while Georgia burned. Meanwhile, the State Department dispatched a mid-level official to Tbilisi, and unnamed Administration officials carped to the press that Washington had warned Georgia not to provoke Moscow. That’s hardly a show of solidarity with a Eurasian democracy that has supported the U.S. in Iraq with 2,000 troops. . . .

    “By trying to Finlandize if not destroy Georgia, Moscow is sending a message that, in its part of the world, being close to Washington can be fatal. If Mr. Bush doesn’t revisit his Russian failures, the rout of Georgia will stand as the embarrassing coda to his Presidency.”

  2. rosettasister Says:

    “ICYMI: John McCain Addresses The Crisis In Georgia”


    “And I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, today, we are all Georgians.” — John McCain

    John McCain
    Town Hall
    York, PA
    August 12, 2008

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