Don’t forget: Georgia started Russia skirmish - by Mary Idler
All the time, there are more stories about how Georgia has suffered in its war with Russia. We hear lots of voices calling for support for Georgia, advocating its admission to NATO. But we need to remember how this war started: Georgia attacked.
The war started with Georgian military attacks against Ossetian civilians and Russian peacekeepers. Even our ambassador to Russia says that Russia’s initial response to attacks against their peacekeepers was legitimate. Russia probably went too far in its defeat of the Georgian blitzkrieg. But why don’t we condemn Georgia for starting this war? What were our military advisers doing there? Georgia’s aggressive action, and its dramatic demonstration that its borders are contested, mean that is should be completely ineligible for membership in NATO.