Sunday, March 03, 2002

The bad faith in the current U. S. military operation in Georgia is exemplified by the fact that Georgia has resisted efforts by the Russians to militarily eliminate the Islamic terrorists in the Pankisi gorge, but is now inviting the Americans in on the pretext that they will assist in eliminating the same terrorists! The President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is a recipient of the Baker (as in James A. Baker, the man who most notably recently spearheaded the efforts to steal the last election for George Bush!) Institute's Enron Prize for Distinguished Public Service, made possible through an endowment established by Enron (does the mind not start to boggle?)! American actions are following longstanding U. S. policy with respect to petrochemicals in the Caucasus (see this Heritage Foundation article for practically the official view). The Russians are not without their own games. They maintain 'peacekeepers' in Georgia, whose role is more like that of an occupying army. Putin recently announced a hands-off policy with respect to Georgia's internal rebellion in Abkhazia, knowing that Georgia itself was not prepared to deal with the problem and that it would continuously weaken the Georgian government. The Russians also claim to be against the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, all the while considering whether they are going to invest in it.