West urges end to South Ossetia fighting

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    NATO, the European Union and the United States called for an immediate end to fighting in Georgia's South Ossetia region and urged direct talks between the sides.

    Russia sent forces into Georgia on Friday to repel a Georgian assault on the breakaway region and Georgia's pro-Western president said the two countries were at war.

    "We are very closely following the situation, and the NATO Secretary General (Jaap de Hoop Scheffer) calls on all sides for an immediate end of the armed clashes and calls for direct talks between the parties," a NATO statement said.

    West urges end to South Ossetia fighting | Reuters
     
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    Russia has no business intervening. Plain and simple.
     
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    News reports are saying more than 100 dead already. Russian aircraft bombing Georgian bases. Georgia has applied for NATO membership. Maybe Russia is trying to do a little house cleaning before it's too late.

    BTW, Gunny, a 1,000 Marines were just in Georgia training Georgian troops.
     
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    You've hit the nail squarely on the head! In April Nato said Georgia would be allowed to join the alliance at some point, pissing off Russia big time. Following this, Russia, who opposes any eastward expansion of NATO, stepped up ties with the separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    At the same time, they have been issuing Russian passports to South Ossetia's citizens. Over half the population of 70,000 now has a Russian passport. What better way to justify an attack by being able to say they are protecting Russian citizens.

    BTW, latest reports say the death toll is over 1,400 civilians.
     
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    But invading Iraq is ok?


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    CNN said they shot down two Russian jets.
     
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    CNN shot down 2 Russian jets :confused:

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    Lol.

    I find the whole situation over there confusing....we're supposed to be friends with Georgia...but aren't we friends with Russia, too?
     
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    This thread's not about Iraq. But feel free to reconcile this deflective trolling with your comment in the pointless, insulting thread you started on the topic in which you denigrate Bush for "only" sending an envoy.

    Make up your fucking mind, junior. That is, if you can possibly connect that waste of matter to reality long enough to get a clue.
     
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    It's not that confusing really. Those who ruled old Soviet Union were primarly part of the KGB brotherhood. These people truly believe they are the only ones capable of running mother Russia. After the fall of the Soviet Union there were people running amok everywhere within the country. Even today, it's a helter skelter wild west kind of place. The chaos allowed many of the previously occupied countries to break away like Georgia and many others. Some have become very prosperous and demoncratic places, some became nother forms of totalitarian regimes, and others have never gotten onto firm footing. As time went by, the Russian population became overwhelmed by the chaos and began welcoming anyone who could just bring about some order. This is where Putin arrived with his old KGB partners. He has brought about order and by nationalizing the oil industry and its wealth he has slowly re-built a nation where a majority have once again become dependent on the state. That is how he is capable of guaranteeing the high percentages of votes he gets. (Kind of like the democrats in Louisiana) Those who are capable, he lets go wild and make as much money and live as lavishly as they can. They are no threat because they have no reason to complain. With the general population in his back pocket and the intelligensia busy living it up, he has no opposition. This also allows him to harrass and intimidate the surrounding former soviet countries at will. South Ossetia sets smack in the middle of Georgia. Look at a map. The Russians have been pushing for this because Georgia has the potential of being a economic powerhouse and Putin doesn't want any competition next door.
     

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