If you were angered by the Russian invasion of Georgia please write your congressional representative. Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, 12 miles from the Georgian border is a non-starter, and so is their membership in the Group of Eight. These are two things the Russians care about and a non-military way to squeeze them. If you are indifferent to the invasion, please allow me 60 seconds to give you food for thought.
Contrary to Associated Press’ (AP.) incorrect reporting, Georgia did not start this war. The Russians sent in insurgents to murder Georgian citizens in order to cause a Georgian reaction which could “justify” their preplanned invasion and defacto annexation of the Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. When the Georgian military responded to the never-ending murders by moving on Tskinvali, the Russians executed their pre-planned invasion as their “reaction” to Georgia’s move on Tskinvali.
So when you read the A.P. and major network / media reports of how the Georgians started the war, it is categorically false.
Keep in mind, a weak reaction to the Russian hegemony will present a green light to the Mafia which is running Russia and encourage them to act in their entire near-abroad in this manner – Ukraine? Crimea? Baltic States? Georgia II?
We saw this type of thing from Hitler invading the Sudetenland while Europe pined and appeased in fear. The Nazis, together with their Sudeten German allies, demanded incorporation of the region into Nazi Germany to escape "oppression", in fact to destroy the Czechoslovak state. While the Czechoslovak government mobilized its troops, the Western powers urged it to comply with Germany believing that they could prevent or postpone a general war by appeasing Hitler. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden on 15 September and agreed to the cession of the Sudetenland. Three days later, French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier did the same. No Czechoslovak representative was invited to these discussions.
The result was an encouraged Hitler and a Europe which simply kicked the can down the road – to what end?
The Russians are not new to this. Note the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop treaty included a secret protocol dividing the independent countries of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania into Nazi and Soviet (Russian) spheres of influence, anticipating "territorial and political rearrangements" of these countries’ territories. All were subsequently invaded, occupied, or forced to cede territory by Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union (read-Russia), or both. Only Finland was able to defend herself against the (Soviet) invasion and remained an independent Western democracy.
The time to stop the nouveau Nazi (old Russian Mafia) is now! So when some of Western Europe once again appease and shrink in servility in the face of a tyrant, it is imperative we do not join with them. When you read recent comments of France and Spain wanting to put this behind them and not have it affect their relations with Russia, we should all be hearing the echoes from the battlefields of World War Two and the proverbial kicked-can clanking down the road.
Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, 12 miles from the Georgian border is makes a mockery of the Olympic spirit and intent, and so is their membership in the Group of Eight. If the cry is to keep politics out of the Olympics then one might also justify holding the Russian Olympics in Tskinvali. At what point do we stand on principal and declare an abomination unacceptable?
Please write your congressional representative and ask for their support for the Schwartz-Shuster Resolution moving the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Sochi, Russia. This should have happened with the 1936 Berlin (Nazi) Olympics instead of giving Hitler his world stage which served to make a mockery of the West’s ideological notions in the face of Hitler’s realpolitik.
Warmest regards from your friend,