Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Although Russia and Georgia agreed to a cease-fire only yesterday (on terms highly favorable to Russia) rumors have swirled regarding Russia's intentions towards Georgia, especially given that Russian troops have yet to withdraw from cities within Georgia's borders and have engaged in provocative maneuvers that appear to be aimed at Tblisi, the capital of Georgia. The Bush administration has responded by ordering American military personnel into the region, though only to support humanitarian efforts, and reissuing demands that Russia cease it's military activities within Georgia. In addition, reports have filtered out of attacks on ethnic Georgians in South Ossetia by separatists allied with Russia, as well as scattered reports of attacks on Georgians in areas around the Georgian town of Gori, which is presently under Russian control. Although there is presently no fighting between Georgian and Russian forces, neither does Russia appear to be that eager to end it's incursion into Georgia, at least not until they feel they have taught the Georgians and the rest of the world a stern enough lesson about the limit's of Russian patience along its borders.