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Mikhail’s Dreams Feed Afghan Slaughterhouse2011-04-14 12:56
For the period Georgian military men stay in Afghanistan they have already lost seven of their companions. Their dwelling in the civil war-torn Central Asian republic has practically no sense but it lets Mikhail Saakashvili find comfort in the NATO ambitions he hopes to realize at the price of the lives of nine hundred of his compatriots. And while many members of the North Atlantic alliance seek to draw their forces out of Afghanistan, Georgia is sending another group of military men under the bullets of the Taliban.
the bullets of the Taliban.
Yesterday the rotation of the contingent of Georgian armed forces deployed in the Central Asian republic started. The first 94 soldiers and officers of the 33th battalion of light infantry set off from the military base Vaziani to the area of American responsibility in the Afghan province Gilmend, where since November'2009 Georgian military men have performed the functions of patrollers. In all 749 servicemen of the 33rd battalion will be redeployed there in the nearest two weeks, which will allow full replacement of the soldiers of the 32nd one who have been there since last November.
In total 950 Georgian military men are stationed in Afghanistan now, i.e. without being a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Tbilisi occupies the honorary 12th position among the 47 member countries of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan by the number of servicemen. And by the ratio of citizens sent under the Taliban bullets to the population of the country even the 2nd position, right after the United States. At the same time the ex Soviet republics Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia who have been admitted to the cherished NATO membership altogether have sent much more modest contingent to Afghanistan.
The ardour of the Tbilisi politicos in the matter of sending their own compatriots to their doom really amazes. "Our servicemen have served in Afghanistan with honour and they will go on representing Georgia with dignity", said the Minister of Defense Bacho Akhalaya during the ceremony of sending off the first group of fresh cannon fodder that took place at the Vaziani base.