Friday, August 08, 2008

Disproportionate Force is all in the eyes of the beholder

Now the Russian government has been rolling into Georgia and the President of Russia pledges: (Globe and Mail):
"In accordance with the constitution and federal law, I, as president of Russia, am obliged to protect lives and dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are located," Mr. Medvedev said, according to Russian news reports. "We won't allow the death of our compatriots go unpunished."
I would like to remind everyone of the words of the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said when Israel launched its offensive to protect her citizens: Ynet News:
Meanwhile, in a strongly worded statement Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin condemned the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and in Gaza, called for Israel to respect Lebanon's sovereignty and also called for the release of Israeli hostages. "The continued destruction of civilian infrastructure in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories and the disproportionate use of force by Israel, which causes suffering to the civilian population, can be neither understood nor justified," he said

And since turnaround is fair play, if I was the Prime Minister I would take great pleasure in selling the Georgians arms.


shlemazl said...

The comparison is false. Russia has provoked this conflict.

Kateland, aka TZH said...

You’re reading to deeply into this. This is not a comparison among equals but rather an illustration of Russian hypocrisy on the alleged use of ‘disproportionate force’. I expect to see the Russians to attempt create Grozny in Georgia just as I expect few to understand in the west this is one of those conflicts where ‘blood for oil’ actually works.

shlemazl said...

What strikes me most about this isn't the Russian hypocricy. That's like saying that water's liquid.

I am most impressed by the United Nations, which appointed Russians to be the "peacekeepers". Giving the word "shutzpa" an entire new meaning!

Kateland, aka TZH said...

It has taken a new twist. The Chechens have offered to replace the Russians as 'peacekeepers'.