Andrei Illarionov’s Evaluation of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia

by Tom Palmer on August 16, 2008

Preliminary Conclusions From The War In Georgia

Note: Georgia accuses Russia of cutting rail line, starting fires

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dodsworth August 16, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Do you support keeping Bush’s vow to maintain Georgian territorial integrity (which includes South Ossetia)?

Tom G. Palmer August 17, 2008 at 12:22 am

To whom are you addressing the question? I certainly favor the U.S. keeping its military forces out of the region.

Dodsworth August 17, 2008 at 1:14 am

The question was to you. Thanks for the clear answer. Here is my concern. Those who want to confront Russia on this, and pick sides, don’t realize what they are risking. A pissed off Russia has every opportunity to make trouble in Iran, Pakistan, and Iraq. Do we really want that? This crisis could be a dangerous turning point in that direction.

Charles N. Steele August 18, 2008 at 10:45 am

Dodsworth, has Bush said the U.S. will maintain Georgian territorial integrity? Or simply that this is a principle that must be followed. If the latter, it is simply in keeping with international law (such as it is).

If Russia is not confronted, expect Ukraine to be next. What we are seeing *is* the regional trouble you’re frightened of.

A U.S.– Russia military conflict seems out of the question now, and I have not heard anyone of any authority suggest otherwise. But simply letting the siloviki get away with this with no consequences will lead to more of the same from them.

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