The long-suffering Russian people resent the loss of global influence and empire, but not necessarily the Soviet Union and its gulags that once ensured such stature. The invasion restores a sense of Russian nationalism and power to its populace without the stink of Stalinism, and is indeed cloaked as a sort of humanitarian intervention on behalf of beleaguered Ossetians.
There will be no Russian demonstrations about an “illegal war,” much less nonsense about “blood for oil,” but instead rejoicing at the payback of an uppity former province that felt its Western credentials somehow trumped Russian tanks.
Obviously, the military encroachment into a sovereign democratic nation without US involvement is automatically "legal". No peace group worth their salt will demonstrate against this aggressive tactic by Russia.
Speaking of the morally bankrupt peace groups (CCPM) and Euros:
The Russians have sized up the moral bankruptcy of the Western Left. They know that half-a-million Europeans would turn out to damn their patron the United States for removing a dictator and fostering democracy, but not more than a half-dozen would do the same to criticize their long-time enemy from bombing a constitutional state.
Didn't see one sign from the CCPM decrying the military aggression of Russia last Saturday. The silence is deafening, but there could be no other response. VDH sums the point up that due to the actions of such groups, no good could ever be percieved from any reaction by the US government( Unless there is a Dem in the White House - or in that case Black House)
From what the Russians learned of the Western reaction to Iraq, they expect their best apologists will be American politicians, pundits, professors, and essayists — and once more they will not be disappointed. We are a culture, after all, that after damning Iraqi democracy as too violent, broke, and disorganized, is now damning Iraqi democracy as too conniving, rich, and self-interested — the only common denominator being whatever we do, and whomever we help, cannot be good.
You can read the rest of this brilliant essay HERE
UPDATE: A response to this aggression from the Director of the CCPM and Chester County Obama Team Leader:
Can't we find a padded cell somewhere to put Bush-Cheney-Rice-et al. until January 2009 when the "end of an error" takes place? Like, how much more damage are they going to do with only 5 months left? How much more? How many more people will die because of this frat party group? Can't we ship them all off to Texas to clear brush or something? Make Bush stay in Beijing in his little bleacher seat?
I kept feeling over the past week that "something smells" about this whole Russian invasion of Georgia - as the story unfolds, it has, more and more, the Bush Gang's fingerprints all over it. A bunch of childish, egomaniacal people who should have stuck to checkers trying to play chess (or Risk?).