UN Takes on Russian Invasion
Posted by Ryan on August 11, 2008
…And I’m sure Putin is reeeally shuddering! Of course, it’s only a matter for the UN because Georgia’s Black Sea oil supply-line and port is being targeted, otherwise they’d wait for a few more Russian-on-Georgian calamities, like a decade of famine or ethnic cleansing policies, to take place. Either way, Russia’s Security Council veto will be exercised until Russia’s goals are obtained. Gotta love the UN!
After an attack coinciding with the Olympic Games, Russia decided not to stop with simply coming to the aid of ethnic Russians in the separatist South Ossetia region (North Ossetia is actually in Russia). They’ve made airstrikes and incursions into central Georgia Proper — way beyond the mere defense of Russians in South Ossetia. Possibly one to two thousand people have already died; add all civilians and soldiers and that number should rise once the dust settles. Plus, the EU tried an unsuccessful ceasefire agreement, 170 American nationals have been taken out of Georgia, and now the majestic UN is involved.
We can learn a few things about this whole incident: it’s obvious that Putin still controls Russia, the UN cares more about oil pipelines than people, and the old Cold War fear of Russian expansionism is not fully over.