fredag 29 augusti 2008

An Azerbadjan perspective on Georgia

Hittade en intressant text om kriget i Georgien, upperbarligen skriven av någon i grannstaten Azerbadjan. Många intressanta synpunkter presenteras - och mycket sådant som man saknat i västerländsk press.

US military advisors and Georgian regular army / special forces troops conducted a large scale military maneuver only days before Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia. Since 2003 both the U.S. and Turkey provided Georgia with tens of millions of dollars in military aid, and countries such as the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Israel, Poland, etc. sold weapons and military support systems to Georgia. Much of the revenue that Georgia received from crude oil transit tariffs, (from the BP managed Baku-Tbilis-Ceyhan pipeline project, which was, "by coincidence," started the same year that Georgian President Saakashvili came to power in the Rose Revolution) was funneled into weapons purchases.

There is only one land route between South Ossetia and North Ossetia, (in Russia) and this "life line" mountain road goes through a single 4 kilometer long tunnel, (the Rokski tunnel). If the Georgian forces would have immediately detonated this tunnel they would have been almost assured a military victory, however, they did not destroy the tunnel. Apparently the Georgian military had planned to terrorize the South Ossetian people, (which they did a good job of) and force them to flee for their lives through this single tunnel into Russia, thereby enthnically cleansing the region, (some 35,000 South Ossetians did flee through the tunnel in the days leading up to, and during, the conflict). One should also remember that this is the 3rd attempt since 1920 to ethnically cleanse South Ossetia of its Ossetian population. So, the Georgian commanders, confident of their military superiority and convinced that Russia would not be able to significantly react before most Ossetians had been forced to flee to Russia through this single tunnel, decided to keep the tunnel intact, at least for the immediate future, and this was their fatal error.
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