No Peace I Find… August 11, 2008Posted by Matt in politics, war.
Tags: Georgia, McCain, Obama, Russia, South Ossetia, war
Okay, let me get this straight about the current conflict in Georgia (not the state)
– South Ossetia and Abkhazia are territories within Georgia who proclaimed their independence years ago, but have yet to be recognized by the UN.
- August 7: Georgia claimed that South Ossetian separatists attacked Georgian villages, which South Ossetia denies.
- Georgia retaliates with an offensive to surround and capture the South Ossetian captial, Tskhinvali. South Ossetian officials claim that the Georgian military attacked first.
- August 8: Russia sends troops against Georgia and begins launching airstrikes against them.
- Both sides accuse the other of commiting genocide. Thousands (mostly civilians) may have already been killed on both sides.
- August 9 – Now: Russia continues to pummel Georgia and advance its forces into the country.
- August 10 – Russia rejects Georgia’s call for a cease-fire
Meanwhile, in the US:
Both John McCain and Barack Obama have condemned the actions of Russian and called for an immediate withdrawal and cease-fire. Obama has called for direct talks involving officials from both sides. McCain took his statement a step further, proclaiming that Russia would face “severe consequences” if they did not immediately withdraw.