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Georgia: The Scene of the Renewed Cold War


Written by Luca

Tbilisi, Georgia has been at the center of the world’s attention for the past month, as countless world leaders from both Europe and the United States have stopped by in the Caucasian capital to arrange a ceasefire with ever more belligerent and resurgent Russia. The difficulty with which Western leaders reached an agreement with Russia for a rudimentary ceasefire clearly highlights the loss of power and leverage of the West over Russia. With its continued involvement in Iraq, the United States compromises its innate position as a global peacekeeper.

Iraq: The Untold Consequences

Russia, therefore, demands a fair and equal treatment when faced with separatist regions at its doorstep

Although most people view the growing public deficit as the gravest consequence of the Iraq War, there are multiple underlying problems that pose a greater threat to global security. The U.S. involvement in Iraq poses a problem in itself, as other countries, including Russia, can justify their own military crusade by pointing to Iraq. Although the United States can assert that its involvement in Iraq was a necessary step to fight global terrorism, and therefore make the world a safer place, belligerent countries such as Russia, but Iran as well, can mold this reality to satisfy their objectives. Russia justified its intervention in Georgia, and its breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, by pointing to the recognition of Kosovo’s independence by the United States and its European allies. Russia, therefore, demands a fair and equal treatment when faced with separatist regions at its doorstep. Imagine for a moment if the Baja Peninsula declared itself autonomous from Mexico. Would the United States just stand there and see what would happen, I think not. The United States would immediately take the initiative by sending its troops to the Baja Peninsula to secure the situation before it got out of hand. Let us remember that the United States has often intervened in sovereign South American countries without a just cause. It appears that the United States, and the rest of the world, for that matter, holds a double standard with respect to Russia, and its interests.

American Response in Georgia Compromised

Gori in itself does not have any strategic significance beside the fact that it was Stalin’s birthplace

Therefore we can see that America’s involvement in Iraq has irrevocably compromised its position to effectively deal with Russia’s incursion in Georgia. The United States’ uncomfortable position prevented it from responding the Russia’s unnecessary and excessive attacks on Georgia, including the occupation of the town of Gori. Gori in itself does not have any strategic significance beside the fact that it was Stalin’s birthplace. Russia, it seems, intends to return to its Soviet past, and what better way to send the message by seizing Stalin’s birthplace, which happens to be located in another country. The United States doesn’t have many options in this crisis, as its hands are inexorably tied by its continued involvement in Iraq. With the United States incapable of sending a firm response to Moscow, the Kremlin can do as it pleases. With mounting confidence after its success in Georgia, Russia now looks at its defenseless neighbors, Poland and Ukraine, as new succulent targets. The United States must extract itself from the Persian Gulf unharmed if it hopes to curtail Russia’s resurgence.

Luca Passamonti


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