Saturday, November 29, 2008

Under-Fire Saakashvili Defends Georgia War

Bodyguards escort the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, to shelter from the threat of a Russian air attack in Gori in August 2008. Sergei Grits/AP (Photo from The Guardian)

From Reuters:

TBILISI (Reuters) - President Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday mounted a fresh defense of Georgia's assault on South Ossetia in August, denying accusations Tbilisi had been the aggressor in the disastrous war with Russia that ensued.

Under fire from opponents who say he walked into a war Georgia could not possibly win, Saakashvili defended his actions of the night of August 7 during televised testimony before a bipartisan parliamentary commission probing the war.

Saakashvili remains popular among voters, but Georgia's fractious opposition is using the five-day conflict and its consequences to mount a fresh challenge to the pro-Western president, who came to power with the 2003 "Rose Revolution."

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My Comment: If it was not for the political intervention of the Europeans and Americans, Saakashvili would either be dead or enjoying the diplomatic protection of another country. His confrontation with the South Ossetians was ill conceived, executed terribly, and producing a result that has split the country.

Nope .... you cannot defend the indefensible.

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