Sorry, just ran across this one and had to share…
I found it hotlinked on Fark, but the original is here.
Read more below…including the resolution…
Been reading a bit about the whole situation there, as it not an area with which I am intimately familiar. If I run across anything that is worthwhile, I’ll be sure to share it. Something I saw that was generally not worthwhile was this.
Russians were told over breakfast yesterday what really happened in Georgia: the conflict in South Ossetia was part of a plot by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to stop Barak Obama being elected president of the United States.
The line came on the main news of Vesti FM, a state radio station that — like the Government and much of Russia’s media — has reverted to the old habits of Soviet years, in which a sinister American hand was held to lie behind every conflict, especially those embarrassing to Moscow. Modern Russia may be plugged into the internet and the global marketplace but in the battle for world opinion the Kremlin is replaying the old black-and-white movie.
The Obama angle is getting wide play. It was aired on Wednesday by Sergei Markov, a senior political scientist who is close to Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister and power behind President Medvedev.
“George Bush’s Administration is promoting interests of candidate John McCain,” said Dr Markov. “Defeated by Barak Obama on all fronts, McCain has one last card to play yet – the creation of a virtual Cold War with Russia . . . Bush himself did not want a war in South Ossetia but his Republican Party did not leave him any choice.” The Americans were now engineering an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Dr Markov added.
Not too much credence is given here, but I wouldn’t put it past the Neocons to help engineer wars to keep power. Or at least rumors of wars.
UPDATE: It looks like a quick agreement has been reached…
TBILISI, Georgia — The presidents of Georgia and Russia agreed early Wednesday morning on a framework that could end the war that flared up here five days ago, after Russia reasserted its traditional dominance of the region.
Declaring that “the aggressor has been punished,” President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia announced early Tuesday that Russia would stop its campaign. Russian airstrikes continued during the day, however, and antagonisms seethed on both sides.
By 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Mr. Medvedev and his Georgian counterpart, Mikheil Saakashvili, had agreed on a plan that would withdraw troops to the positions they had occupied before the fighting broke out.
Whether the agreement holds or not, Russia has achieved its goals, effectively creating a new reality on the ground, humiliating the Georgian military and increasing the pressure on a longtime antagonist, Mr. Saakashvili.
So that seems to be the point of it. Part of Georgia wanted to leave. Georgia said no pretty hard. Russia said, “Pardon me sir, I think we are in charge here” by bombing the shit out of them. I haven’t seen casualty totals so I’ll refrain from making too many jokes too soon.
Looks like Sarkozy had the chance to step in and beef up France’s diplomatic street cred. This is part of his goal, and the Pretzeldent is more than happy to pass the torch, so to speak.