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Tbilisi’s lies like cobweb for people of Georgia2010-09-28 10:26
It's been more than two years since the barbarian aggression Mikheil Saakashvili's regime launched against South Ossetia in August 2008. The cobweb of lies around the five-day war has grown only bigger over this time. Still, there are Georgian citizens believing that on the night of August 7-8 Russia started shelling the capital of South Ossetia and adjacencies. The main nonsense maker about the "Russian" assault on Tskhinval is now reigning in Tbilisi trying to retain power as long as possible.
Such manifestations of instinctive self defense are understood on the part of Mikheil Nikolozovich likely to face a just trial by the world community and people of Georgia after he withdraws from Georgia's upper echelons of power.
Now, however, Saakashvili is not in a prisoners' box of the Hague tribunal which makes the lies on events of August 2008 the core of his foreign policy. The main thesis he uses to justify deaths of Ossetians and Russian peace keepers is notorious "restoration of constitutional order" in the territory of South Ossetia. It is omitted, though, that in the republic of South Ossetia rights of citizens, primarily the right to life guaranteed by the country's main law, were violated by Georgian authorities. Besides, it would be nice to hear opinions of the experts who stick to this point of view why they refrain from inviting troops to Tbilisi now openly abusing the country's Constitution. There is no other word for miserable amendments to the country's main law offering limitless powers to Mikheil Saakashvili for the term of his life.
Georgi Khutsishvili, a well-known Georgian politologist, head of the International Center for Conflicts and Negotiations in Tbilisi, is sure that it is wrong to qualify the August 2008 conflict as the Georgian-Ossetian war. "These were hostilities between Russia and Georgia, - Khutsishvili believes noting that the five-day war brought dramatic changes to the whole geopolitical configuration in Caucasus.
According to the expert, the armed conflict was determined by a number of factors, including Russia's resentment over NATO's expansion to the East, particularly the North Atlantic Alliance's relations with Georgia and Ukraine. Khutsishvili asserts that from early 2008 "serious officials of Russia" warned representatives of Tbilisi that Georgia's attempts to enter NATO might have grave consequences up to the war in Caucasus. "This is what happened in the end", - Khutsishvili emphasized.
The key contradiction in this position is that the start of the "Russian-Georgian war" on August 8 2008 is out of question since Russia, one of the sides, was not present on battle fields. Even most fierce supporters of Saakashvili's regime begin to acknowledge that the only representatives of Russia's armed forces available in the territory of the capital of South Ossetia when the Georgian army attacked Tskhinval were Russian peace keepers. Georgian generals chose an intricate way to start armed clashes with Russia. It comes out that, God forbid, in case Georgia and Armenia face open hostilities, they will be easily named a Russian-Georgian war. Why not - Russian troops are still present in the territory of Armenia.
Georgi Khutsishvili also states that the 2008 war was aimed at influencing the results of US presidential election. Obviously, such statements neutralize accusations that Russia was preparing for a showdown in South Ossetia. With all due respect to the Russian diplomacy, it is hard to imagine that Moscow started the intrigue in order to bring "its" candidate Obama to office.