Sad for Georgia and disappointed in the world

I haven't written about Georgia yet, but seeing this made me really disappointed in the world:

This is a poll result from CNN.com. Unless this is the result of spam voters from Russia (which is not impossible), it is very troubling that the world sees what is going on in Georgia as "just one those fights in a country nobody has ever heard of nor cares about". Russia's propaganda machine has been quite successful (luckily not as successful as they hoped).

Just when a year ago I felt pretty safe about my own country's independence, I am not anymore. Russia's attack on Georgia is a straightforward proof that even though it's the 21st century, Russia can do what the hell it wants and nobody is going to do anything about it. Yes, there are people protesting in so many countries against the Russian attack. I am proud that Estonians have supported Georgia so much with it's demonstrations. While this is necessary - we have to speak up against what is wrong - sadly this is not going to change much.

Europe is afraid. Or maybe more hungry for Russia's gas than afraid. If (or when?) the gas pipeline from Russia to Europe (Germany) will be built, it will be such an easy excuse for Russia to launch an attack against the Baltics with the excuse to protect the gas pipeline (and of course the Russian minority) and the gas hungry Europe will just agree to this as gas is more important than values.

The EU still hasn't formed an official opinion. With the exception of the Baltic States, Poland and Sweden, other countries have been to scared to call this what it is - a war against an independent country. I am so disappointed.

The population of the US is ignorant, and for the government let's be real - Georgia is too small and strategically too insignificant to matter that much. While condemning Russia's actions has happened (Bush even mentioned invasion of a sovereign country - whoever wrote his speech is bolder than European leaders) and I am glad for that, no real sanctions has happened. I am also happy the new president candidates both spoke out against Russia's action. The US has a real political chance here to improve it's image in the eyes of the world. If punishing the "terrorists" is on the agenda and protecting democracy and freedom are supposedly its value, now when civilians are being killed and an independent country attacked - something that is actually real and serious - action should be taken. Now if the US would stand up against this tyranny, it would earn my respect and the respect of many others.

Russia knew real well that nobody won't do anything. It knows it can do what it wants. The fact that the attack was planned precisely on the day of the launch of the Olympics was no coincidence.

What is important to understand here is that how this situation resolves determines the future. If Russia gets away with bombing another country, and it's justifications are accepted, this is the new beginning of the evil empire. The same excuse - protecting it's citizens - was used by Hitler when it invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938.

Russia has a point in their constitution that says that Russia can protect its citizens wherever they are in the world. Add to this the fact that Putin said "the collapse of Soviet Union was the #1 geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century" and it will be clear that the independence of many countries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine - is not as secure as we thought. Russia is keen to establish itself again as a superpower, and re-conquer its neighbors. How easy it would be to launch an attack using the excuse to "protect the Russian minority".

For me how the world reacts to attack on Georgia indicated what the world would do if my home will be invaded.

I am so sad for Georgia. I was on the verge on achieving an economic breakthrough, but now it has been set back for years to come. It just hope they will at least retain their freedom.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Word!!!

Anonymous said...

I share your feelings.
But let me share a thought - while I am proud of my nation for publicly condemning Russias' aggression and showing their support towards Georgians, we shouldn't forget that we are also a small nation and for that reason the best way to avoid any possible injustice against us in the future, we might need to resort to other measures. Take for example finns. Even though diplomacy and careful calculations have never really been considered Estonians' strenghts we might have something to learn from our nordic brothers' "unnordic" methods in dealing with Russia.

Peep said...

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Anonymous said...

This war is shown completely opposite from CNN and Russia side. Russia is showing that Georgia is bombing South Osetiya, CNN is showing that Russia is doing it. Of course, without being there you can not say that you know what really is going on, you can only choose one from these sides what seems more close to your beliefs depending what video reports contain more truth for you if you have a chance to see reports from boths sides, not just from one.
As there by Russia were shown local citizens from South Osetiya (icluding one american citizen who was living among them) who were telling that not Russians, but Georgians were starting to kill their relatives, kids and old people, puting in fire and driving by tanks (all these cases will be documentated for the court in Gaaga).

And as I could see now, even foreing press (The Times (UK), The Guardian), report that Georgian government started the conflict, attacking the territories that wanted to get their independence from Georgia. The most popular reason was that it is because of great passion to unite Georgian territory (if not with peace, than with gun power)to join NATO asap.

I am just wondering what needs to be done to assure the country and their citizens that they wouldn't be attacked by neighbour country. Are any European countries around Germany have thoughts that Germany is dreaming to attack them again as it was during World war? Why Baltic countries and Ukrain are so sure that they will be also attacked after Georgia, if they or America or Europe will not fight against Russia there? Is that mean that they would better fight with guns (and maybe kill somebody that is quite possible in war) to solve this issue? Maybe it is always better to fight against some country, that was attacking others before, living with past memories and being sure that this country can not change and just protect innocent people who was attacked and also killed by the country's government.

At the end, I would like to say that there can not be peace if you are trying to fight for it with guns. This why I don't support Russia's war actions. But I also don't support Georgia or other country who wants to contribute with guns for solving this issue.