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...how did the 2000 Georgian soldiers from Iraq make it home to Georgia? The USAF landed them by C-5 at Tbilisi International Airport..despite the attempts made to put the airport out of action. It MAY have only been a small gesture, and not exactly the American gesture the Georgians would have wanted - but Americans DID put themselves in harm's way for them - a two full days after the FIRST of several attacks on the airport...By NOW we should have been seeing C-5s unloading Patriots at the airport at Tblisi, or boxes and boxes of Stingers and Dragons. Perhaps THIS is why the Russians bombed the airport last night...is there another runway in Georgia capable of landing C-5s???
It appears that very quietly today, buried in among the rest of the press activity over this, the NATO Secretary-general announced that Georgia WILL be confirmed as a member of the Organisation.I somehow think we'll see that big NATO summit planned for the end of the year, where the membership of all these new states was to be decided...being brought forward...
This has been on hands now for three-four years IIRC. The final decision - along with a number of other former-USSR states - was to be at the end of the year, I think in December.As for allowing Georgia to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that sounds pretty crazy to me. I know I'm not going to vote for any party that supports that idea.
Yes, both nations had forces in South Ossetia up to last thursday-friday. A number of Georgian "security detachments" were still sitting behind their wire fences and unmolested in South Ossetia as late as Sunday evening, a BBC camera crew made it through to film at one briefly. Unmolested - but running out of toilet paper and clean underwear IIRC!!!It is my understanding that the Georgian government had signed a treaty with Russia regarding the use of Russian troops as peace keepers in South Ossetia.
This seems to have been written up by the press from material supplied by Interfax etc. in Moscow. The Georgian version seems to indicate that Georgia agreed that it would not use its military force to oppose Russian peacekeepers or change the disposition of each nation's peacekeepers ...which is a very different complexion Strangely enough - NEITHER side seems to have been waving actual copies of the peacekeeping agreement about...It is also my understanding that this treaty also contained a promise that Georgia would not use its military to change the status quo
I don't think so. Bush and Cheney may want it but the rest of Europe are much more realistic. Whoever gave the Georgians the nod to start this one badly miscalculated.phylo_roadking wrote: It appears that very quietly today, buried in among the rest of the press activity over this, the NATO Secretary-general announced that Georgia WILL be confirmed as a member of the Organisation.
Actually - they love it. What do you think they're doing by opening up membership of the EU to most of the post-USSR states? Orienting them AWAY from the former Soviet Union towrds the West. NATO does exactly the same - but in terms of security, not economic alignment. It's the equivalent of the 1930's "fencing in Hitler"...anbd what's more - it's backed by AMERICAN military power out there on the edges...i.e. it doesn't cost THEM a single extra EuroI don't think so. Bush and Cheney may want it but the rest of Europe are much more realistic. Whoever gave the Georgians the nod to start this one badly miscalculated