Posts Tagged ‘Georgia

Georgian Diplomat’s Controversial Testiomony on War

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From Democracy Now’s Nov 26th headlines:

A former Georgian diplomat has publicly testified that the United States gave Georgia the green light earlier this year to start a war against Russia in the breakaway region of Abkhazia. The diplomat [Erosi Kitsmarishvili] told a parliamentary hearing in Georgia that Georgian authorities were responsible for starting the conflict. For months U.S. and Georgian officials have blamed Russia for starting the hostilities.

Bellow is video of Russia Today’s report on Kitsmarishvili’s testimony.

For more information see AP report by Matt Siegel.


Written by Aaron Nee

November 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

Independent Military Observers Refute Georgia’s Claims

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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has argued that Georgia’s actions in South Ossentia were precise and defensive, but his claims are not holding up well under scrutiny.  Recently released accounts from independent military observers conflict with Georgia’s version of the conflict.  Among the monitors refuting President Saakashvili’s claims is former British Army captain Ryan Grist.  “It was clear to me”, said Grist “that the attack was completely indiscriminate and disproportionate to any, if indeed there had been any, provocation.” Grist went on to say, “The attack was clearly, in my mind, an indiscriminate attack on the town, as a town.”

For more on the monitor’s observations and Georgia’s claims, see C.J. Chivers and Ellen Barry’s Nov. 6th report in the NY Times.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

We’re all Georgians?

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In response to the conflict between Georgia and Russia in South Ossentia, McCain stated on behalf of the U.S. “today, we are all Georgians,” but perhaps we should not be so quick to declare solidarity with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Investigations by Human Rights Watch and eyewitness accounts reveal war crimes committed by Georgian forces in South Ossetia.  Mounting evidence suggests civilians were targeted in the Georgian attack.  Accusations include accounts of Georgian tanks firing into an apartment block, then firing on fleeing civilians.

The BBC’s Tim Whewell speaks with Ossentian victims.

For commentary on the Georgian/Russian conflict in South Ossentia, see Edward S. Herman’s article.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 29, 2008 at 6:14 am