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Yesterday we learned from Pepe Escobar, reporting for The Real News, that contrary to most reports in the US media, Georgia had been the original military aggressor in the conflict between Georgia and Russia with it’s ground attacks and aerial bombardment beginning last Thursday of the separatist province of South Ossetia in it’s attempt to forestall any reunion of South and North Ossetia.
Today F William Engdahl summarizes the geopolitics behind the conflict, with the unnerving statement that “This is probably the most unstable area on the planet right now“.
US attempts to get Georgia into NATO, coupled with its desire to erect an anti-missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech republic would give it first strike capability towards Russia. Moscow sees this as a national security threat against the sovereignty of Russia. Political economist F William Engdahl believes this is the geopolitical endgame being played out in Georgia.
F William Engdahl is an economist and author and the writer of the best selling book “A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order.” Mr Engdhahl has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning with the first oil shock in the early 1970s. Mr. Engdahl contributes regularly to a number of publications including Asia Times Online, Asia, Inc, Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine; Freitag and ZeitFragen newspapers in Germany and Switzerland respectively. He is based in Germany.
Both John McCain and Barack Obama have attempted rather successfully in the media to stand the situation on its head with cold war rhetoric as Obama, ignoring the background to the situation, somewhat misleadingly referred to the Russian backing of South Ossetia as simply a violation of Georgia, and McCain, with his hot button pushing statements Tuesday…
…stepped up a fusillade against Russian “aggression” and declared that today, “we are all Georgians.”
Addressing voters in Pennsylvania, McCain said he had spoken by telephone earlier with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who he said wanted to thank the American people for their support.
“I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, today, we are all Georgians,” said the Republican, a hardliner against Russia who wants the mighty nation expelled from the Group of Eight club.
Both McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama have condemned Russia’s incursion into Georgia following the Saakashvili government’s abortive attempt to rein in the breakaway, pro-Moscow region of South Ossetia.
“It is past time for the Russian government to immediately sign and implement a ceasefire,” Obama, who is on vacation in Hawaii, said in his latest statement on the crisis.
“Russia must halt its violation of Georgian airspace and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia, with international monitors to verify that these obligations are met,” the Illinois senator said.