Monthly Archives: August 2008

>WW4 File: Soviet troops occupy Gori, Poti, Zugdidi, fail to comply with EU-brokered peace plan; NATO member Turkey expresses solidarity with Russia

>CAUCASIAN WAR HIGHLIGHTS

– WORLD WAR FOUR ALERT: Are Soviets Positioning Troops in Armenia to Complete Occupation and Subjugation of Georgia? Moscow-Led Collective Security Treaty Organization to Hold Additional Rounds of Rubezh-2008 Military Drill in Armenia between August 18-22


– Russia Fires More Than Two Dozen SS-21 Short-Range Missiles at Georgia Since Beginning Invasion (source, link to previous post)

– Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer and Chief US Negotiator John Rood Sign Deal to Install Interceptor Missiles in Poland (source)

– Soviet Troops Persist in Their Failure to Comply with Two-Day-Old European Union-Brokered Peace Plan, Refuse to Withdraw from Georgia; Tanks, Troops Occupy Gori, Poti, Zugdidi

– Soviets Sabotaging Georgian Airfields, Military Infrastructure; 20 or More Explosions Heards near Gori (source, source)

– Russian General Staff Deputy Head Anatoly Nogovitsyn Articulates Moscow’s Displeasure Over US Relief Flights into Tbilisi; 17 US Marines Oversee Distribution of 30-Ton Shipment (source)

– Moscow’s Manufactured Crisis in the “Post”-Soviet Periphery Spreads: Colonel-General Nogovitsyn Takes Umbrage at Ukraine’s Refusal to Allow Black Sea Fleet Back to Port

– “Ex”-Communist “Presidents” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia Scurry to Moscow for Briefing with Neo-Soviet Leadership

– South Ossetian and Abkhazian Separatist Militias Looting Georgian Population Centers and Attacking Civilians (source)

– West’s Diplomatic Isolation of Russia Begins as Iran, Libya, and NATO Member Turkey Express Solidarity with Russia on Georgia Invasion

– Human Rights Watch: Russian Reports of Georgian-Sponsored Ethnic Cleansing in South Ossetia Exaggarated; Kremlin Figure of 2,000 Killed “Doubtful” (source)

Pictured above: Russian military convoy of at least 100 tanks and other vehicles masses two kilometers from the centre of Zugdidi, a major town in western Georgia, on August 14, 2008. Later that day the president of Georgia announced to foreign reporters in Tblisi that the column had moved west and was then halfway between the cities of Senaki and Kutaisi.

Soviet Military Strategy in Georgia Analyzed

Two days after the European Union brokered a six-point peace plan between Russia and Georgia, Soviet troops are still digging in around the city of Gori, the town of Zugdidi, and the port of Poti, on the Black Sea, although, contrary to initial fears, the Russian military has yet to advance on Tblisi. Reuters reports: “Russia insisted its troop movements within Georgia proper on Thursday did not violate the peace agreement, which contains a clause allowing Moscow’s forces ‘to implement additional security measures’ while awaiting international monitors.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, moreover, rumbled: “One can forget about any talk about Georgia’s territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state.”

Although many of the reports filtering through Russian and Georgian government censors into the Western MSM are conflicting–such as “The Russians are leaving,” “The Russians are staying”–it is evident that regular Soviet forces have firmly entrenched themselves in the Moscow-friendly enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as the three cities named above, all of which are adjacent to the country’s main east-west transportation artery. As a result, the Kremlin effectively controls the north-west and north-central regions of Georgia, while its troops are a mere hour’s drive from Tblisi. These deployments are no doubt purposeful and portend an eventual assault on the national capital, suggested by yesterday’s feint by one armored column in that direction.

At this point, as the Soviets conveniently overlook their obligations under Nicolas Sarkozy’s peace plan, Western analysts should consider neighboring Armenia’s possible collaboration with Russia in the demise of Georgia’s “pro”-Western regime. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, like Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, is an “ex”-cadre of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In March PM Sargsyan travelled to Moscow where he reaffirmed Armenia’s strategic alliance with Russia. The Russian Army maintain 5,000 troops of all types in Armenia, including 3,000 officially posted at the 102nd Military Base in Gyumri. On August 12 the press secretary of the Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan denied reports in the Georgian and Azerbaijani media that the Russian military used Armenia as a “platform” to attack Georgia. Intriguingly, on the same day, Ohanyan and Georgia’s ambassador to Armenia Revaz Gachechiladze met in Yerevan to discuss Georgia’s role as observer in the third and fourth rounds of the Rubezh 2008 military exercies, to be conducted by the joint militaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on Armenian soil between August 18 and 22.

As stated before, we strongly suspect that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili is covertly working for the Moscow Leninists, with the intent of fomenting war between Washington and Moscow. Of course, most Georgian citizens are staunch patriots who hate their former Russian overlords. However, even as Saakashvili threatens to withdraw Georgia from the Commonwealth of Independent States, his country will observe a military drill carried out by the military alliance that undergirds the CIS. Notwithstanding official denials and Kremlin propaganda, Western analysts should consider the possibility that Moscow will use these latest CSTO maneuvers to seize and occupy the eastern and southern half of Georgia in a great pincer movement. We have already pointed out that Russia used the pre-announced Caucasus Frontier-2008 military exercise and Tu-22M Backfire bomber drills during the last two weeks of July and the first week of August, respectively, to cloak its preparations for invading Georgia.

No doubt the presence of US servicemen in the national capital, Washington’s speedy relief efforts for Georgia, the US military’s transfer of 2,000 Georgian troops from Iraq back to their homeland to stop the Soviet invasion, and yesterday morning’s Minuteman 3 ICBM test flight are providing the Moscow Leninists with some food for thought with respect to America’s resolve to slow or halt the Soviet advance. At the same time, US “humanitarian” flights into Tblisi do not sit well with the neo-Soviet leadership. At a Moscow news conference today, Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the Russian General Staff, demanded: “What is going on there? We, the Russians, are extremely concerned about it. U.S. military transport aircraft are reported to have been airlifting some humanitarian cargoes to Tbilisi airport. Two days ago, reports said we had destroyed the airport.”

Pictured here: On August 14, 2008 Russian soldiers at an illegal checkpoint near Gori, in Georgia proper, detained this motorist who was allegedly transporting a weapon in his car.

The Kremlin media reports today that the presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Eduard Kokoity and Sergei Bagapsh, both of whom are connected to the old Soviet regime, scurried to Moscow today for a briefing with Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev. “I want you to know and tell the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia that Russia’s position remains unchanged,” Medvedev intoned, adding: “We will support any decision made by the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in line with the UN Charter, the 1966 international conventions, and the Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.” For his part, “President” Kokoity ranted: “Georgia did not act on its own – most European countries, and the United States, are to blame for the genocide against the South Ossetian people.” In June Kokoity attended a low-profile meeting with Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov in North Ossetia, suggesting yet again that CPRF is the real, but covert, locus of power in “post”-communist Russia.

The diplomatic isolation of Russia, as a response to its invasion of Georgia, began this week with a refusal by the USA and the United Kingdom to join Russia in a joint naval maneuver in the Sea of Japan, FRUKUS-2008. Group of Eight members are also openly deliberating about the possibility of expelling Russia from that organization of democratic, industrialized nations, thereby re-creating the Group of Seven formation. Russia’s occupation of parts of Georgia may also thwart the Kremlin’s bid for accession to the World Trade Organization. In short, it will be hard for even the most benighted Western analysts to not come to the conclusion that the Cold War has returned.

Meanwhile, not surprisingly, Russia’s strategic partners Iran and Libya, like Cuba, have expressed solidarity with the Kremlin on the subject of its invasion and occupation of “pro”-Western Georgia. The state-run media in Iran refers to the Caucasian Was as “another US foreign policy blunder,” rather than naked Soviet aggression, stating: “By launching the recent military campaign in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and beyond, the Russians are sending their most forceful message to date: This is our backyard; stay out or else.” Novosti writes of Libya’s response to the Caucasian War:

Libya said the conflict in Georgia and its breakaway republic of South Ossetia has signaled an end to the dominance of the United States in global affairs, a Russian daily reported on Thursday. “What happened in Georgia is a good sign, which means America is no longer the sole world power setting the rules of the game,” the Libyan president’s eldest son Seif al Islam Qaddafi said in an interview with Kommersant. “There is a balance in the world now. Russia is resurging, which is good for us, for the entire Middle East,” said Seif al Islam, who runs the Qaddafi Foundation, a non-governmental body, told the paper. He said the Arab world has welcomed the withdrawal from Iraq by Georgian troops, describing the Caucasus state, which enjoys strong backing from the U.S., as “an occupier.”

More disturbingly, in a move that does not bode well for unity within the Western Alliance, NATO member Turkey has voiced support for Russia’s leadership and “its conflict in South Ossetia”:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed solidarity on Wednesday with Russia and its conflict in South Ossetia. Upon his arrival in Moscow and meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said that he is here to express solidarity with the Russian leadership during this crisis. The Turkish Prime Minister added that his country is ready to exert all efforts to help end the crisis and conflict in South Ossetia. For his part, Putin said that his country is keen to ensure Turkey’s stability, describing their relations with Turkey as a guaranteed and friendly partner.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s stated commitment to “Turkey’s stability” would, of course, be guaranteed if Russia stopped arming and providing haven for the Marxist Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Blogger’s Note: We’re Outta Here!

Although the world is falling apart around us, we are leaving on a much-needed summer vacation. We will have limited Internet access during that time and therefore do not expect to post much, if at all, until September 2. If the world is still here at that point, then please drop by again. Georgia could very well be under total Soviet occupation and the world in the midst of a nuclear holocaust at that time.

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>WW4 File: Georgian authorities: Russian military sets up illegal checkpoint in strategically critical city of Gori

>Shortly after midnight on August 14 the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted the following information at its Blogger.com site:

According to the recent information received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the appropriate authorities of Georgia, on 13 August 2008, the Russian military have established an illegal checkpoint on the main highway at the city of Gori. All cargo vehicles passing through this checkpoint are being stopped and thoroughly searched by the Russian military, and being allowed the free passage only under condition of payment of ransom.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is assessing this act as a grave violation of international law and sovereignty of Georgia.

By introducing illegal armed formations and groups of bandits who are now blocking Georgian highways, looting peaceful population and disrupting trade, the Russian Federation again clearly demonstrates that its aim is the full occupation of Georgia.

>WW4 File: First C-17 Globemaster transport lands in Tbilisi with "humanitarian aid," second shipment to come Thursday; Saakashvili exaggarates US aid

>Barely hours after President George W. Bush pledged to send humanitarian aid to the besieged “former” Soviet republic of Georgia, the first US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft arrived in Tblisi. Bush characterized the assistance as “vigorous and ongoing,” a decision that will no doubt infuriate but secretly delight the Soviets as Moscow’s Leninist masterminds seize upon any pretext to attack the Western Alliance. Fox News reports that a second C-17 will arrive tomorrow. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden earlier today Bush stated:

We expect Russia to honor its commitment to let in all forms of humanitarian assistance. We expect Russia to insure that all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, airports, roads and airspace, remain open for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for civilian transit. The United States stands with the democratic government of Georgia and insists that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected. The United States strongly supports France’s efforts as president of the European Union to broker an agreement to end this conflict.

He revealed that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will leave for Tblisi tonight, stopping in Paris along the way to confer with European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Rice warned today: “This is not 1968 when Czechoslovakia was invaded and Russia felt it could threaten its neighbours, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed.”

Bush’s announcement was reportedly interpreted by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to mean that the US military would be taking control of Georgia’s sea and airports, but the US Department of Defense denied that was the case. “We are not looking to, nor do we need to, take control of any air or sea ports to conduct this mission,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell explained. In view of Saakashvili’s exaggaration of US support for Georgia, we strongly suspect that the Georgian president is colluding with the Moscow Leninists to draw the USA into some sort of confrontation with Russia that will permit the Kremlin to launch a preemptive strike against the Western Alliance and retain the approval of the international community.

Pictured here: Early on Wednesday Sarkozy visited Tblisi where he encouraged Saakashvili to abide by the EU-brokered peace plan that requires the Russian and Georian militaries to assume their pre-invasion positions.

Although unknown to the post-boomer generation, the Berlin Blockade, which was the first major incident in the First Cold War (1945-1991), serves as precedent for the USA’s current support for a country under Soviet occupation. In 1948 the Soviet Union prevented the Allied Powers–USA, Britain, and France–from accessing West Berlin via land routes, prompting these nations to organize the nearly year-long “Berlin Airlift” of food and fuel to residents in the western sectors of the city.

On Monday the US military transferred 2,000 Georgian troups from the battlefield in Iraq to Tblisi where they were deployed to fend off the Russian invasion, which began last Friday in concert with South Ossetian and Abkhazian separatists. Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin swiftly denounced the USA for its logistical role in airlifting Georgian soldiers. Pictured below: Russian helicopter gunship over Georgia, August 2008.

Meanwhile, Kremlin-run Russia Today continues to portray “post”-Soviet Georgia as little more than a “US client state” with the obvious intent of justifying Russia’s onslaught against the small Caucasus country: “The United States has been providing military and technical support to independent Georgia for almost 15 years. During this period, the overall amount of annual aid from Washington has increased by more than several hundred times, and reached its peak in the financial year till 2006.” In like fashion, the pro-Moscow United Communist Party of Georgia has disengenuously denounced the regime of President Sakaashvili as “fascist,” “criminal,” and “genocidal.”

List of Georgian Targets Bombed by Russian Air Force Between August 8 and 12, 2008

August 12, 2008
(43) 09:30 – 10:55 Russian air forces bombarded Central Square and Market in the city of Gori.

August 11, 2008
(42) 07:15 Senaki airport runway and Senaki military base were bombed by Russian jets.
(41) 06:10 Gori tank battalion is bombed. A civilian apartment building nearby has been hit.
(40) 05:00 Shiraki airfield in Dedoplistskaro District on the east of the country is bombed by Russian jets.
(39) 04:37 Civilian radar station in the village of Leninisi in 5 kilometers from downtown Tbilisi was partially destroyed by Russian jet.
(38) 04:30 The Central Command Center of Georgian Air Forces was bombed.
(37) 03:26 Russian jets bombed Kodori Gorge (Upper Abkhazia).
(36) 03:12 Territory adjustment to military base in Khelvachauri (near Georgian-Turkish border) was bombed.
(35) 03:05 Villages of Sharabidzeebi, Kapandichi and Makho near Batumi (Georgian-Turkish border) were bombed by Russian planes. Graveyard and villagers’ backyard have been hit. No casualties reported.
(34) 00:31 Russian jets bombed Kodori Gorge (Upper Abkhazia).
(33) 00:30 Civilian radar station in the village of Shavshvebi west of Gori is bombed by Russian planes.

August 10, 2008
(32) 20:25 Two jets bombed Kodori Gorge (Upper Abkhazia).
(31) 19:35 Two jets bombed Senaki (West Georgia).
(30) 19:10 “Tbilaviamsheni” aviation factory was bombarded by Russian aviation again.
(29) 19:05 Russian aviation dropped bomb on Tbilisi Civil Airport.
(28) 16:10 Russian aviation bombarded only remaining bridge on the Highway linking eastern and western parts of the country. There was a fire on the bridge. Fire is extinguished. The traffic is restored.
(27) 16:05 Gori is being bombed by Russian aviation.
(26) 15:10 Russian troops and Abkhaz separatists launch ground attack on Upper Abkhazia. The region is being bombed by Russian aviation
(25) 15:00 Russian aircrafts bomb the village of Knolevi in the northern Kareli district.
(24) 11:15 The village of Shavshvebi between Gori and Kareli have been bombed by Russian aviation.
(23) 08:45 Ten Russian jets attack Upper Abkhazia. One jet has been downed by Georgian Government troops.
(22) 07:40 Russian jets bomb village of Urta in Zugdidi district.
(21) 05:45 Russian jet entered Georgian airspace from Dagestan and dropped 3 Bombs on Tbilisi airplane factory.

August 9, 2008
(20) 22:30 Russian air forces bombarded Chkhalta, administrative center of Upper Abkhazia. No Casualties reported.
(19) 16:35 Oni was bombarded by Russian aviation
(18) 14:00 Russian air force attack Upper Abkhazia (Kodori gorge) in several places, including the airdrome in the village of Omarishara
(17) 12:40 Kopitnari airdrome is bombed again
(16) 10:22 Russian air force continues to bomb Gori, located 60 kilometers northwest from Tbilisi and is outside the conflict zone.
(15) 10:00 Russian air force bomb Kopitnari airdrome in several kilometers from Kutaisi.
(14) 01:20 Gatchiani in the Gardabani districts was bombarded, which is 20 kilometers southeast of Tbilisi and outside the conflict zone and is also close to the BTC pipeline, but the pipeline is not damaged.
(13) 01:00 Poti was bombarded a second time, which is located on the Black Sea coast, 260 kilometers west from Tbilisi, is outside the conflict zone and is a pure civilian target.
(12) 00:20 Vaziani airfield is bombed again, which is 2-3 kilometers from Tbilisi International Airport and is located outside the conflict zone. Two air bombs didn’t explode.
(11) 00:17 Lightening bombs are dropped on Senaki military base, which is 213 kilometers west of Tbilisi and is outside the conflict zone. 1 serviceman and 5 reservists were reported killed. The railway station in Senaki is also bombed and eight are killed.
(10) 00:12 Poti port, which is located on the Black Sea coast, 260 kilometers west from Tbilisi, is outside the conflict zone and is a pure civilian target, is bombed heavily. One hydrographic vessel has been sunk.

August 8, 2008
(9) 18:45 Georgian Gori artillery brigade is bombarded by 5 Russian airplanes.
(8) 17:35 Marneuli military airbase, 20 kilometers south of Tbilisi and outside the conflict zone, is bombed for the third time resulting in 1 death and 4 injured. As a result of three bombings, three grounded AN-2 type planes and military vehicles stationed there are destroyed.
(7) 17:00 Marneuli military airbase is bombed for the second time causing casualties.
(5)(6) 16.30 Russian aviation bombs Marneuli and Bolnisi military airbases, 20 kilometers and 35 kilometers south of Tbilisi respectively. Two aircrafts were destroyed on ground. Also several buildings were destroyed and there are casualties.
(4) 15:05 Russian military plane enters Georgia from the direction of Tedzami, just south of Gori, and drop two bombs on the Vaziani military airport and turned back.
(3) 10:57 Two of the six Russian aircraft drop three bombs in Gori. One of these fell near the stadium, the second near Gorijvari slope and third near a artillery brigade.
(2) 10:30 Russian Su-24 bombs the village of Variani in the Kareli district, 75 kilometers west of Tbilisi and outside the conflict zone. Seven civilians were injured as a result.
(1) 09:45 A Russian military fighter plane drops about 3-5 bombs near the village of Shavshvebi, on the highway between Poti and Tbilisi and is 300-500 meters from Georgian military radar.

Source: Georgian Ministry of Defense (link unreliable)

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russia: Ukrainian crews manned air defense batteries that downed Tu-22M bomber, Su-25 combat jets over Georgia

>With such propaganda as disseminated by state-run Interfax, below, the Soviets are clearly determined to: 1) implicate the “pro”-Western regime in Kiev in America’s “plan” to surround Russia with military installations and NATO member states, and 2) build a case for “legitimately” retaliating against the Not-So-Former Soviet republics and, possibly, their new benefactor, the USA.

Russian planes were downed by Georgian systems operated by Ukrainian crews – Russian military
12:59 GMT, Aug 13, 2008

DUSHANBE. Aug 13 (Interfax-AVN) – Russian planes which flew missions in the peace enforcement operation in Georgia were shot down with air defense systems supplied by Ukraine and other countries, members of a Russian military delegation said on Wednesday after a meeting of the Air Defense Coordinating Council of the CIS Council of Ministers in Dushanbe.

“According to information available to us, a Tupolev Tu-22 long-range supersonic bomber and several Sukhoi Su-25 jets were shot down with S-200 and TOR surface-to-air systems, supplied to Georgia by Ukraine. Ukrainian crews were operating the air defense systems,” a member of the Russian military delegation said.

In a related story, the Russian Foreign Ministry today condemned a decree issued by “pro”-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko requiring prior notification of movements of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which is based in Sevastopol, as a ‘new serious anti-Russian step.'” Yushchenko signed the document after returning from Tbilisi yesterday in a show of support for the Georgian government and people. It should be pointed out that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is a Komsomol graduate, while Yushchenko is a former KGB border guard whose dioxin poisoning episode in 2004 will no doubt ensure that he carefully follows Moscow’s line in the Caucasian War. The potential for a superpower showdown between the USA and neo-Soviet Russia increases by leaps and bounds every day, but the shopping mall regimes slumber on, distracted by the useless fluff emanating from the MSM.

As the communist-scripted drama in Georgia unfolds, we encourage all concerned visitors to this blog to monitor: 1) Russian and Belarusian military movements along their borders with NATO countries, 2) Russian strategic aviation missions over the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and 3) the military activities of Russia’s client states in Latin America, chiefly Communist Cuba, Red Venezuela, and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua.

>WW4 File: Treacherous Soviets scrap day-old truce, journalists witness Russian tanks leave Gori, head for Tbilisi, despite Kremlin denials

>– US President George W. Bush Accuses Russia of Failing to Uphold Cease-Fire, Orders Military to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Georgia

– Washington Sends Warning to Moscow: Minuteman 3 ICBM Launched from Vandenberg AFB, Strikes Target in Marshall Islands Early Wednesday Morning

– Russian Forces Dig In Around Deserted, Strategically Critical City of Gori; Abkhazian Separatists Stake Claim to Territory in Georgia Proper

– Presidents of “Ex”-Communist Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia Attend Press Conference with Saakashvili in Tblisi


– Estonia’s Computer Emergency Response Team Aids Georgians in Countering Russia’s Cyberwarfare Offensive

Pictured above: A column of Russian rocket launchers enters central Tskhinvali in South Ossetia yesterday.

Under the fog of international diplomacy, Georgian accusations, and Russian counter-accusations, the treacherous Soviets have breached the day-old cease-fire brokered by the European Union and dispatched a column of tanks in the direction of Georgia’s capital Tblisi, allegedly to secure an abandoned military base six miles east of Gori. “This is the kind of cease-fire that, I don’t know, they had with Afghanistan I guess in 1979,” complained Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, a former Komsomol cadre who appears to be covertly serving Moscow’s largely over-looked strategic goals against the West. “There is no cease-fire, they [Russian forces] are moving around.” CNN correspondent Matthew Chance stated: “The Russians’ final destination and objective were unclear.”

That the Russians have no intention of honoring the cease-fire is evident in their determination to accuse the Georgians of breaking the same, as BBC News reports today: “Meanwhile, Russian defence officials said the Russian military had shot down a Georgian spy drone over Tskhinvali, overnight and accused the Georgians of continuing military activities despite the ceasefire deal.” Vladimir Lenin is believed to have approvingly quoted Jonathan Swift when the first Soviet leader declared: “Promises are like pie crust, made to be broken.” This principle of deceit has undergirded Soviet diplomacy to this very day.

Sporadic fighting between Russians and South Ossetians in the one camp and Georgian troops in the other are occurring in various pockets of the country. Today Abkhazian separatists planted a flag on a bridge over the Inguri River, in the territory of Georgia proper. “This is Abkhazian land,” one rebel fighter proclaimed.

Pictured below, from left to right: Estonian President Toomas Ilves, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, Saakashvili, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, and Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis attend joint news conference in Tbilisi, on August 13, 2008. Kaczynski was advisor to secret police informer Lech Wałęsa, who led the communist-controlled Solidarity trade union in Poland. Like Saakashvili, Godmanis is an alleged KGB agent. Although Ilves is not known to be a communist, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip is a former member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Similarly, Adamkus is not known to be a communist, but Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas is also “ex”-CPSU.

Bush accuses Russia over Georgia cease-fire
August 13, 2008

TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) — President George W. Bush said Wednesday that the United States has received reports of Russian actions that are “inconsistent” with Moscow’s statement it had halted military operations in Georgia.

Pledging support for Georgia, Bush said he was concerned about reports that Russian units had taken positions outside the conflict-hit Georgian city of Gori and the port city of Poti. He said Georgian citizens were not being protected from attack.

The remarks by Bush, who said he was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to France and Georgia to discuss the violence, came after a Russian military convoy advance sparked fears of a major breakdown to a day-old cease-fire agreement.

A spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry bristled at reports that Russia had breached the cease-fire, and said they “are not reflecting the real situation.”

“We as the Russian Federation are (sticking) to the agreement which (has) been made in Moscow yesterday and we hope that the other side will show its readiness to do the same,” Andrei Nesterenko told CNN.

Russia says its convoy was merely on a short-range demilitarizing mission on the road to the Georgian capital Tbilisi, but both sides in the conflict have traded accusations that the cease-fire was being violated.

President Bush also said U.S. Defense Robert Gates will oversee a “vigorous and ongoing” humanitarian mission to Georgia involving aircraft and Naval forces. It was not immediately clear when the mission will begin.

CNN correspondent Matthew Chance, who was riding with the Russian convoy, said there was no resistance from Georgian soldiers, and it was possible that the Russians were on a scouting mission to choose a buffer zone between the breakaway region of South Ossetia and Georgian territory. Chance described the flag-waving Russians as relaxed.


He said most soldiers refused to comment, but one told him: “We have come here with the approval of the Georgian people.”

Earlier Wednesday, a Georgian official told CNN the troops were headed to the abandoned military base Uplistsikhe, which they intended to destroy. The base is six miles (10 kilometers) east of Gori.

A cease-fire agreement reached Tuesday between Georgia and Russia through the mediation efforts of France called for both forces to return to the positions they held on August 6.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili told CNN Wednesday that Russian forces “are encroaching upon the capital” in violation of a cease-fire agreement. He said the Russians never intended to hold up their end of the truce agreed to Tuesday.

“This is the kind of cease-fire that, I don’t know, they had with Afghanistan I guess in 1979,” Saakashvili said. “There is no cease-fire, they [Russian forces] are moving around.”

The column of Russian military vehicles, including armored personnel carriers and trucks carrying Russian troops, had been traveling slowly toward the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, and was about 30 miles away, Chance said, before it turned. The convoy was about 10 miles from Gori, he said.

The Russian General Staff in Moscow accused the Georgians of not honoring the cease-fire, saying Georgia troops should return to their barracks.

Saakashvili told CNN Western leaders had “failed to analyze Russia’s intentions” before it invaded Georgia and “are partly to blame” for the current situation.

“The response has not been adequate,” Saakashvili said. “Not only those people who are committing all those atrocities are responsible, but those who don’t react to that, I think they also share responsibility.”

The six-point deal agreed between the sides was meant to end the fighting over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

However Saakashvili, flanked by the leaders of Lithuania, Poland, Estonia and Latvia in a media briefing early Wednesday, said Russian tanks were attacking and “rampaging” through the Georgian town of Gori despite the cease-fire.

However journalists in Gori, the birthplace of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, said they had seen no Russian tanks. Residents there told the journalists they had earlier seen “some,” but not in large numbers.

A Russian military official said its forces were at an abandoned Georgian artillery base near Gori, but not inside the town itself.

“I tell you with full responsibility that there are no Russian tanks in Gori today and there is no reason to be,” because Gori authorities have fled the city, said General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff.

Nogovitsyn said the conflict had killed 74 Russian troops, wounded 171 and left 19 missing in action. Officials have estimated at least 2,000 civilians were killed in South Ossetia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for international observers to help ensure peace and “prevent any aggressive ambitions on the part of the Georgian leadership.”

Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said an international force would be the only way to stop violence and ensure Georgia’s territorial integrity.

“Let the world finally wake up and take the action and provide the real security for the region,” Adamkus said.

Fighting has raged since Thursday when Georgia launched its crackdown on separatist fighters in autonomous South Ossetia, where most people have long supported independence.

Russian troops and tanks moved into South Ossetia on Friday and quickly pushed back the Georgian forces. Russian forces also moved into Abkhazia, another breakaway Georgian region.

Russia called a halt Tuesday to its military incursion, insisting it had been aimed at stopping Georgian military actions against its peacekeepers and citizens in the breakaway regions.

In a development that possibly reflects Washington’s attempt to warn Moscow to not overplay its hand in Georgia, the US Air Force test-launched a Minuteman 3 ICBM from Vandenberg AFB early this morning. The missle hit a target near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. air force says it has successfully tested an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. The ICBM was launched at 1:01 a.m. from a base in California today. Its three unarmed re-entry vehicles travelled about 6,800 kilometres over the Pacific Ocean to targets near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The missile was launched under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron. The air force says squadron members installed tracking and command destruct systems on it to collect data and meet safety requirements.

Meanwhile, the face of 21st-century combat has manifested itself in the offer by computer experts from two former Soviet-occupied countries, Estonia and Poland, to assist the government of Georgia in countering Russia’s cyberwarfare assaults, which began some weeks before Soviet troops invaded South Ossetia on August 8. “It appears that large groups of hackers are working together to take down the Web sites, but the attacks have been so intense that it will take a while to analyze,” commented David Tabatadze, a security officer in the employ of the Georgia Research and Educational Networking Association, as well as the Georgia Computer Emergency Response Team. ComputerWorld reported yesterday:

Update: Estonia, Poland help Georgia fight cyberattacks
August 12, 2008 (IDG News Service)

In an intriguing cyberalliance, two Estonian computer experts are scheduled to arrive in Georgia by evening to keep the country’s networks running amid an intense military confrontation with Russia.

And Poland has lent space on its president’s Web page for Georgia to post updates on its ongoing conflict with Russia, which launched a military campaign on Friday to eject Georgian troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two renegade areas with strong ties to Russia.

The cooperation between the former Iron Curtain allies is aimed at blunting pro-Russian computer hackers, who have been blamed over the last few years for cyberattacks against Estonia, Lithuania and Georgia in incidents linked to political friction between those nations and Russia.

Two of the four experts that staff Estonia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) were waiting Tuesday morning in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, seeking permission to drive into Georgia, said Katrin Pärgmäe, communication manager for the Estonian Informatics Center. The two officials are also bringing humanitarian aid, she said.

Estonia is also now hosting Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site, which has been under sustained attack over the last few days.

“Let’s just say we moved it,” Pärgmäe said. “I know that there are interested parties who read media so it’s not good to say exactly where the hosting is.”

The Web site for Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, remained up on Tuesday morning. That site was knocked offline around mid-July after a DDOS attack from a botnet, network experts said.

The botnet was based on the “MachBot” code, which communicates to other compromised PCs over HTTP, the same protocol used for transmitting Web pages. MachBot code has been known to be used by Russian bot herders, according to the Shadowserver Foundation, which tracks malicious Internet activity.

Shadowserver said Monday that hackers had at one point defaced the Web site for Georgia’s parliament. “The attackers have inserted a large image made up of several smaller side-by-side images of pictures of both the Georgian president and Adolf Hitler,” the group wrote.

Georgia is now also hosting some sites in the U.S., a logical move to better defend the sites against attacks, Pärgmäe said. Shadowserver wrote that the presidential site appeared to have been moved to an IP address belonging to Tulip Systems Inc., an ISP in Atlanta.

The country is also looking to other ways to keep information flowing. A Georgian news site was also up, but the site warned it was under “permanent DDOS attack.” That Web site has set up a group in Google‘s Groups service, where subscribers can get the news stories it regularly posts.

Georgia’s banking sites also suffered attacks that caused them to shut down their online systems, said David Tabatadze, a security officer with the Georgia Research and Educational Networking Association and Georgia’s CERT. Some of those systems are still down, he said.

Tabatadze said that the majority of Georgia’s Internet traffic is routed through Turkey, with some of it going through Russia. Although some news reports indicated Georgia’s Internet traffic may have been shifted through Russia, Tabatadze said that’s not the case.

“We have checked the traffic route on Ripe.net…and we did not see any traffic re-routing via Russia,” Tabatadze said.

It appears that large groups of hackers are working together to take down the Web sites, but the attacks have been so intense that it will take a while to analyze, Tabatadze said.

Other CERTs around the world have been helping to provide information on the attacks, Tabatadze said.

The last few days have been a nerve-racking time for Georgians, said Tabatadze, who said he heard explosions on Sunday when Russian planes bombed air-traffic control stations near Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.

“You can’t even imagine the situation,” Tabatadze said. “This is a terrible end for Georgia.”

On Tuesday morning, Russia announced it would stop military operations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, saying the safety of its peacekeepers in the region had been secured.

On Tuesday morning, Russia announced it would stop military operations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, saying the safety of its peacekeepers in the region had been secured.

>USSR2 File: Russian communists, potemkin parties, Gorbachev back Kremlin on Georgia invasion; Havana lauds suppression of Tblisi’s sovereignty

>The Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union, which is in reality the power behind the throne in that country, and its potemkin front parties like United Russia, Just Russia, and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, are unanimous in their support for the Russian military offensive in Georgia and their condemnation of President Mikhail Saakashvili as a “fascist” and “another Adolf Hitler.” Referring to the Russian invasion force in Georgia, Putin toady and Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov insisted “That is not a military contingent. We have only increased the contingent of peacekeeping forces.” Pictured above: United Russia ideologist and “former” GRU operative Vladislav Surkov and Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev at the Kremlin yesterday. State-owned Kommersant Daily reports:

All Parties behind the Leaders
August 12, 2008

The parliamentary parties fully support Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s line in the Russian-Georgian conflict. The parliamentary party leaders met with Medvedev yesterday and thanked them “for showing responsibility, for a firm, consolidated position to support the decisions of Russian authorities that were made under such difficult conditions.” The party leaders had a few things to say themselves. Speaker of the State Duma and head of the United Russia faction Boris Gryzlov opined that Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia “can be compared to Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union.”

“The idea of an international court is important,” he continued, “that would evaluate the actions of Mr. Saakashvili… He should sit in prison. There is no other place for him.” Speaker of the Federation Council and head of the Just Russia Party Sergey Mironov also compared Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to Hitler and promised a parliamentary investigation into genocide in South Ossetia.

Communist deputy Duma speaker Ivan Melnikov, attending the meeting in place of vacationing party leader Gennady Zyuganov, said that the Communist Party had received many letters and telegrams from people who also called the Georgian President’s actions “fascistic.”

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky expressed the hope that Russia will do more to explain its position to the world.

After the meeting with the president, a special session of the Federation Council was held at which a “special message to the parliaments and peoples of the world” was adopted. It called Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia a “war crime” and suggested the creation of an international military tribunal to judge the actions of Georgia in regard to South Ossetia. A message to the foreign press was also planned requesting that it cease its informational war against Russia.

There is no need to call an emergency meeting of the full federal assembly, Mironov noted, since there is no need for it approval of the forces in Georgia. “That is not as military contingent,” Mironov explained. “We have only increased the contingent of peacekeeping forces.”

Pictured here: In this political cartoon the Russian Bear growls: “It was self-defense.”

Meanwhile, former Soviet Tyrant Mikhail Gorbachev articulated his support for the Putinist/Medvedevist regime’s assault on Georgia and denounced US involvement in the conflict on the side of Tblisi in the accommodating pages of the Washington Post.

Over the past few days, some Western nations have taken positions, particularly in the U.N. Security Council, that have been far from balanced. As a result, the Security Council was not able to act effectively from the very start of this conflict. By declaring the Caucasus, a region that is thousands of miles from the American continent, a sphere of its “national interest,” the United States made a serious blunder. Of course, peace in the Caucasus is in everyone’s interest. But it is simply common sense to recognize that Russia is rooted there by common geography and centuries of history. Russia is not seeking territorial expansion, but it has legitimate interests in this region.

The venerable Soviet communist was unable to resist pointing out that “Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of U.S. instructors, and its sophisticated military equipment was bought in a number of countries. This, coupled with the promise of NATO membership, emboldened Georgian leaders into thinking that they could get away with a ‘blitzkrieg’ in South Ossetia.”

As usual, the Soviet communists can count on their loyal yapping dog in Havana to second Moscow’s motions. On Sunday Cuban President Raul Castro vilified Georgia’s August 7 attempt to reassert its sovereignty over South Ossetia: “It’s false that Georgia is defending its national sovereignty. The request for a previous withdrawal of the invaders is just and our government supports it. The Autonomous Republic of South Ossetia historically formed part of the Russian Federation.” In contrast to his ready defense of Russian military action in Georgia, the Cuban head of state had no comment last month when the Kremlin media floated plans suggesting that Russian generals were considering the deployment of strategic bombers on the island gulag to counter US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe. Castro’s sycophantic statement on the Caucasian War follows a visit to Cuba last week by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and former Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev, in which the publicly stated goal was to “reactivate” the Cold War-era linkage between the two communist states.

Despite the Kremlin’s promise to promptly withdraw its regular troops from Georgia, articulated in the presence of European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited Moscow earlier today, Russian and Abkhazian troops expelled the last Georgian forces from the hotly contested Kodori Gorge.

>WW4 File: Medvedev orders halt to invasion even as Soviets bombard Gori, Tbilisi, Supsa pipeline; Abkhazian separatists launch offensive

>– Warning to Western Europe in Advance of Russian-Belarusian War Game Slated for Fall: Soviets Used Caucasus Frontier 2008 Military Exercises and Tu-22M Bomber Drills in Late July-Early August to Position/Prepare Forces for Georgia Invasion

– Kremlin Oil Politics in the Caucasus: Moscow-Backed Kurdistan Workers’ Party Bombs Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline in Turkey on August 7, Two Days Before Russian Warplanes Attack Same Pipeline in Georgia

– Georgia: Russian Warplanes Bomb Supsa Pipeline Today; Moscow’s Objective Accomplished: Regional Instability in Caucasus Forces British Petroleum to Shut Down Multiple Pipelines, Drive Up Oil Prices

– Moscow’s Man in Tblisi: President Saakashvili Announces Georgia Will Withdraw from Commonwealth of Independent States, Urges Ukraine to Follow

– United Nations: 100,000 South Ossetians and Georgians Displaced in Five Days of Combat

Pictured above: South Ossetian soldiers enter Tskhinvali, the capital of Georgia’s breakaway enclave, on August 11, 2008. A billboard of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with the slogan “Putin is our President,” looms in the background.

The Moscow Leninists have apparently accomplished their geopolitical goals in ordering a cessation to Russia’s invasion of Georgia five days after Georgian troops began shelling South Ossetian positions. Even if the Russians have no intention of re-occupying all of Georgia, the former Soviet republics have been duly warned: Do not arouse the Soviet Bear by fraternizing too closely with or seeking membership in the Western Alliance. “The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” “President” Dmitry Medvedev intoned, but warned that future conflict was possible if the Georgian government launched new attacks. In such cases, Medvedev cautioned, the Georgian armed forces would be “liquidated.” Georgia, he explained, had been “punished” for the “genocide” that President Mikhail Saakashvili’s regime allegedly carried out on its own territory against Russian passport-holders.

In spite of Moscow’s proclamation of a cease-fire–two days after Georgia appealed for a cessation of hostilities–on Tuesday morning Russian warplanes continued to pound the deserted city of Gori–killing six–positions around the national capital Tblisi, and the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline. Simultaneously, Moscow-backed separatists in Abkhazia launched a military offensive to force Georgian troops out of the upper part of the disputed Kodori Gorge, near the boundary between Georgia proper and Abkhazia.

“Russia has turned Gori into a second Grozny,” lamented President Saakashvili in response to Russia’s latest bombing campaign. “Those people who are bombing us want to restore the Soviet Union, but the people of Georgia do not want to return to the past and will never surrender,” he also stated to journalists today. Saakashvili, like many national leaders in the “post”-Soviet space including Medvedev, was by his own admission a member of the Soviet Komsomol at least until the late 1980s, when he was a freshman law student at Kiev State University. “We shall have a new team of young ministers,” he revealed in a 2003 interview, adding: “I was accused of having a communist past. The nomenclature expelled me from the Komsomol in the first year of my studies.”

In the early 2000s Saakashvili was a protege of “former” Georgian Communist Party boss Eduard Shevardnadze, who took over the country in 1992, after a Moscow-backed coup deposed democratically elected President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. He is also an alleged KGB agent, recruited during his stint at Kiev State, which is not the first time that the KGB has recruited from the Komsomol. General Sergei Lebedev, Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Independent States, followed this career path. As such, it may be that Saakashvili was not “expelled” from the Komsomol but, rather, “promoted.” In short, per the warnings of KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, the Georgian president appears to be hamming up his role as Kremlin foe for Western consumption, which answers the question posed by mystified Western analysts: “Why did Saakashvili overplay his hand in South Ossetia?” Answer: He was under Party orders, meaning the still-active Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, the AFP news agency, below, reports today that European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy is prepared to curry the Russian’s favor by gushing: “It’s perfectly normal that Russia would want to defend the interests both of Russians in Russia and Russophones outside Russia.” Eurocratese translation: Georgians should expect no substantial help from the West to fend off Soviet re-expansionism. Pictured above: Global peacemaker Sarkozy visits “President” Medvedev in Moscow today; pictured below: A dead body lies in the central Georgian city of Gori, which was again bombed this morning.

Russian president halts attacks on Georgia
August 12, 2008

MOSCOW (AFP) — President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered a halt to Russia’s military offensive against Georgia saying it had been punished but could be hit again.

“The aggressor has been punished and suffered significant losses,” Medvedev told defence chiefs at a meeting on the South Ossetia conflict, which Russia says has left at least 2,000 civilians dead.

“I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace.”

Russian troops and tanks poured in to Georgia after the Georgian army launched an offensive last week to bring South Ossetia, the Russian-backed region which broke away in the early 1990s, back under government control.

The United Nations estimated that more than 100,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

“The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” Medvedev added while insisting any new Georgian attacks would be “liquidated.”

A senior Russian military commander General Anatoly Nogovitsyn also said the halt in the Russian advance into Georgia would not stop reconnaissance and other operations.

Georgia, which had offered a ceasefire, said several Georgian villages were bombed after the announcement. Russia’s military angrily denied the claim and said Georgian soldiers were still firing at its troops.

In a show of defiance, 100,000 people crammed onto the main Rustaveli avenue of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where a sea of red and white flags hung above the crowds.

People handed out free T-shirts reading: “We are together, we are united.”

President Mikheil Saakashvili told the crowd that Georgia would quit the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a grouping of former Soviet states, and urged Ukraine to follow suit.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the “only way” to end fighting in Georgia was with a total Georgian withdrawal from South Ossetia. He also said Saakashvili should leave office.

“It would be best if he left,” Lavrov told a news conference. “I don’t think Russia will feel like talking with Mr. Saakashvili after what he did to our citizens.”

The Russian announcement was welcomed by the international community though the United States remained wary.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Moscow to press a peace plan and told Medvedev the ceasefire was “good news” but that it had to be implemented.

“It’s perfectly normal that Russia would want to defend the interests both of Russians in Russia and Russophones outside Russia,” Sarkozy said.

“It is also normal for the international community to want to guarantee the integrity, sovereignty and independence of Georgia,” he added.

The French plan — already accepted by the Georgian leader — calls for an immediate truce, respect for Georgia’s territorial integrity and a return to the status quo that prevailed before fighting erupted in South Ossetia.

Russia had already criticised it as being unbalanced in Georgia’s favour.

NATO ambassadors voiced serious concern at the Georgia conflict, with many saying it could not be “business as usual” with Russia, the US NATO ambassador, Kurt Volker, said.

But the US ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, called the ceasefire a “positive” development.

“Now we have to see whether the Russians are not only stopping military operations but redeploying … and withdrawing the troops that have been brought into Georgia on August 6 and accept international monitoring of the ceasefire agreement.”

US President George W. Bush, Georgia’s main Western ally, on Monday issued his strongest condemnation yet of the Russian assault in Georgia.

“Russia has invaded a sovereign neighbouring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people,” he said. “Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

Before Medvedev’s ceasefire, Russian forces had already struck new blows.

Warplanes bombed the key city of Gori, Georgia’s security council said. The city’s central square was hit and a Dutch cameraman and a Georgian journalist were killed, officials said.

The Russian air force also attacked the key Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline near Rustavi, but it was not known if it was damaged, security council chairman Alexander Lomaia told AFP.
British energy giant BP said that it had closed the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline and the South Caucasus gas pipeline in Georgia because of the ongoing conflict.

Saakashvili said Monday that “the majority of Georgia’s territory is occupied” and that the Russian military threatened Tbilisi.

Before Medvedev’s dramatic announcement, Russia had resisted international calls for a ceasefire.

Its forces moved briefly into the western city of Senaki on Monday and destroyed a military base, officials said. They also entered Georgia’s main Black Sea port of Poti.

Abkhaz forces had surrounded Georgian troops in the Upper Kodori Gorge, a sliver of the breakaway region still held by Georgian forces, reports said quoting Abkhaz separatists.

The United Nations refugee agency stated today that 100,000 people, including 30,000 South Ossetians and 56,000 residents of the Georgian city of Gori, have been displaced in five days of fighting between Russia and Georgia.

Western analysts should take stock of the fact that during the latter two weeks of July the neo-Soviet leadership used the Caucasus Frontier 2008 military exercises to mobilize troops and armor near Russia’s border with Georgia. On July 15 we posted, citing state-run Novosti: “Russia began the active stage of large-scale military exercises in several regions of the Southern Federal District, which includes the highly volatile North Caucasus republics, a senior military official said. The exercise, dubbed Caucasus Frontier 2008, involves units of the North Caucasus Military District, mainly the 58th Army, the 4th Air Force Army, Interior Ministry troops, and border guards.”

Under the guise of these war games and drills Russia poured men and weaponry into Abkhazia and South Ossetia to establish beachheads on Georgian territory. On August 8 the Russian 58th Army spearheaded the assault on South Ossetia. Two days later the Georgian media reported that 58th Army Commander General Anatoly Khrulev was wounded after his convoy was attacked in South Ossetia by Georgian troops. He was hospitalized in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, with non-critical injuries.

On August 2 we also posted information regarding live-firing drills to be conducted by Tu-22M Backfire bombers in the Novgorod and Saratov regions between August 4 and 8, exercises that were no doubt preparations for the aerial bombardment of Georgia. Georgian air defenses, as previously blogged, shot down a Backfire bomber after the ground invasion began.

Here we see a perfect example of the Soviet Bear morphing war games into a real attack on another state. It is therefore worth noting that Russia and Belarus, which borders Poland, intend to hold joint military maneuvers on the territory of the second country this fall. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, especially true patriots in the “post”-communist regimes of Central Europe that have joined NATO, should carefully assess Moscow’s recent ruse and take appropriate action to protect their countries against the power-hungry Moscow Leninists.

Neo-Soviet Russia has in the recent past revealed its determination to hold Europe and the world hostage to the services and commodities provided by its energy entities Gazprom, Rosneft, and Lukoil. However, in the current Caucasian War it appears that Moscow would like to partly sever the flow of oil and natural gas to the West. The Kremlin has done this by attacking oil and natural gas pipelines with its warplanes over the Georgian theater of military operations and through its Marxist proxies in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which operate with impunity on Russian soil.

On August 7, one day before Russia launched its ground invasion of Georgia through South Ossetia, the PKK bombed the Turkish section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline (map above), compelling the operator, British Petroleum, to close a section of the pipeline running through Turkey’s Erzincan province, which in turn boosted world oil prices. Voice of America reported: “The pipeline stretches from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, through Georgia and to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. It carries an estimated 1.2 million barrels of oil a day and is the world’s second longest oil pipeline after the Russian pipeline Druzhba.”

Two days later and one day after the Russian ground invasion began, the government of Georgia accused the Russian military of targeting the BTC pipeline, although Russian bombs failed to damage the facility. “This clearly shows that Russia has not just targeted Georgian economic outlets but international economic outlets in Georgia,” Georgia’s Economic Development Minister Ekaterina Sharashidze declared on Saturday.

On August 12, in spite of Russia’s official imposition of a cease-fire, Georgia accused Russia of bombing but again failing to damange the mid-sized Baku-Supsa oil pipeline which terminates at the Black Sea port of Supsa without causing serious damage to it, but the general staff denied any such attack took place. Not surprisingly, Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn of the Russian General Staff insisted that Russia has never targeted any pipelines on Georgian territory.

In the wake of the Caucasian War and the terrorist operations of the PKK, British Petroleum has not only shut down the critical BTC pipeline, but also the Baku-Supsa link, which is also known as the Western Route Export Pipeline “As a precaution we have stopped pumping oil through that earlier this morning,” a BP spokesman confirmed today, adding that the South Caucasus Pipeline was also shut on Tuesday. These closures leave BP with only Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiisk and Georgia’s Black Sea ports of Batumi and Kuleva as the only available export options. How convenient for the Moscow Leninists and the Communist Bloc plan to trash the Western economies with super-high oil prices.

Soviet adventurism in the Caucasus, however, does not appeared to have yielded the expected results in Western commodities markets. The Canadian media reports today: “Crude oil prices fell to $112.50 U.S. a barrel this morning in New York, the lowest level since May, after Russia called a halt to fighting in Georgia.” A continuation of Moscow-provoked regional wars on the periphery of the “post”-Soviet space should therefore be expected

>WW4 File: US Deputy National Security Advisor confirms: Russia deployed SS-21 tactical missiles to South Ossetia on first day of Georgia invasion

>During an August 10 press briefing in Beijing US Deputy National Security Advisor Jim Jeffrey confirmed to reporters that Russia deployed two road-mobile SS-21 tactical ballistic missile launchers in South Ossetia on the first day of its invasion of Georgia, which was August 8. Present with Jeffrey during the press meeting was White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Asian Affairs Dennis Wilder. An excerpt from Jeffrey’s comments follows:

In terms of how we’ve responded to this, the President was informed immediately on Friday, when we received news of the first two SS-21 Russian missile launchers into Georgian territory. He immediately — this was at the Great Hall — he immediately met with President Putin. They had a discussion. The President then engaged with his national security staff continuously over the last two days. He has spoken with — again with Putin that evening. He then talked with President Medvedev yesterday evening, as well as President Saakashvili. Secretary Rice has spoken repeatedly with President Saakashvili, as well as with her Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and many European leaders.

The SS-21 can be fitted with a chemical or 100-kiloton nuclear warhead, electromagnetic bomb, or fragmentation filling, while the most recent variant of the missile, Scarab C, has a range of 185 kilometers. One of the first known uses of the SS-21 in combat occured in October 1999, during the Second Chechen War, when US military satellites tracked the trajectory of five or six short-range missiles that were launched within Russia and which landed in the Chechen capital of Grozny. Since the Russian Army now occupies the Georgian city of Gori, Tblisi is now easily within range of Russia’s SS-21 missiles.

>WW4 File: Soviet troops amass in Abkhazia, S. Ossetia, push into Georgia proper, capture Poti, Senaki, Gori; Kremlin wages cyberwar against Tbilisi

>The Georgian army is retreating to defend the capital. The government is urgently seeking international intervention to prevent the fall of Georgia and the further loss of life.
— Government of Georgia representative

This is a classical full-scale invasion. This is an occupation … half of Georgia is under Russian control. Our aim now is to to build up our troops and to create a defensive line in front of Tbilisi. We will fight defending Tbilisi.
— Irakli Batkuashvili, Chief of Georgia’s Military Planning Division

Saakashvili must go.
— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in statement to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, August 10, 2008

Pictured above: Under fire from Russian forces, Georgian soldiers escape burning armored vehicle on the road to Tbilisi, on August 11, 2008.

CAUCASIAN WAR HIGHLIGHTS

– Soviet Army Holds Down Georgian Positions in South Ossetia (source) as Russian Troops and Armored Vehicles Amass in Abkhazia, Push into Western Georgia

– Moscow Confirms Military Base Seized in Senaki, Interior Ministry Building in Zugdidi After United Nations Monitors Leave Town (source); Georgian Prime Minister: Russian Troops Occupy Bomb-Damaged Port of Poti (source)

– Russian Army Units in South Ossetia Move into Central Georgia, Capture City of Gori, Critical East-West Transportation Hub 60 Miles West of Tbilisi (source, also below)

– Russian Air Force Continues Widespread Bombing Campaign Across Georgia (source); Admits to Downing of Three Su-25 Frogfoot Strike Aircraft, One Tu-22M3 Backfire Bomber to Georgian Air Defenses (source)

– Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet Sinks Georgian Guided Missile Ship Yesterday (source)

– US Military Completes Redeployment of 2,000 Georgian Troops from Iraq to Tbilisi Today; Putin Lashes Out at America’s Support for Georgia, Pentagon Denies Hostile Intent (source)

– Azerbaijani Media, Citing Israeli Source Maariv: USA Shipped Weapons to Georgia Via Jordan on August 8

– Kremlin/Red Mafiya-Linked “Russian Business Network” Cripples Georgian Government Websites; Presidential Website (Ironically) Finds New Hosting Facility in Atlanta, Georgia

– NATO Agrees to Emergency Session of NATO-Russia Council Tomorrow to Resolve South Ossetia Crisis (source)

– Just in Time to Be Captured by Soviet Forces: Presidents of Five “Ex”-Communist States–Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine–to Visit Tbilisi Today or Tomorrow to Show Solidarity with Georgia (source)

In view of the present Caucasian War the big bad Soviet Bear is evidently back, on the prowl, and hungry for revenge and re-aggrandizement. No one should deny this fact. This “war,” however, is not so much a war between two comparably matched states, but a brazen push by the Soviet Bear to reclaim its satellite Georgia and resecure its political-military-economic position north of the oil-rich Middle East. Communist Bloc propaganda emanating from Moscow, Havana and other ideological “friends” in the West are portraying diminutive Georgia as a perpetrator of “ethnic cleansing” against South Ossetia and aggressor against giant Russia, while openly denouncing US, Israeli, and Ukrainian military aid for President Mikhail Saakashvili’s regime.

Accusations, and counter-accusations are freely traded between Moscow and Tbilisi, both of which are controlled by the Red Team, and thus the truth is hard to discern. Various news reports, for example, indicate that the central Georgian city of Gori is again under fire by Russian artillery and warplanes, while The Times, below, reports that the city has already fallen to Soviet troops. “Russia seems intent on overthrowing the democratically elected government of Georgia and occupying the country,” affirmed Alexander Lomaia of Georgia’s National Security Council. Today, too, in a classic case of Kremlin propaganda, Russian authorities assert that the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) arrested 10 Georgian intelligence officers who were allegedly planning to commit acts of terrorism on Russian soil.

Pictured below: Gori under attack by Russian forces.

Russian troops invade Georgia and ‘take the city of Gori’
August 11, 2008
Tony Halpin in Gori, and Kevin O’Flynn in Moscow

Georgia today claimed that Russian forces had overrun the strategic city of Gori as troops prepared to defend the capital Tbilisi from what one official called a “total onslaught”.

Georgian soldiers fled Gori, 17 miles from the border with rebel South Ossetia, in panic and disarray, clinging to the sides of cars and vehicles as they sped out of town. A Georgian armoured personnel carrier was in flames on the street, a victim of an apparent sudden rout.

Alexander Lomaia, secretary of the Georgian security council, said that the Georgian army had been told instead to concentrate its efforts on holding Mtskheta, 15 miles from the capital.

“Russian forces are occupying Gori. Georgian armed forces received an order to leave Gori and to fortify positions near Mtskheta to defend the capital. This is a total onslaught,” Mr Lomaia said.

Just hours before the retreat Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and France’s foreign minister Bernard Kouchner had been forced to dive for cover in Gori when an unidentified helicopter flew overhead.

Georgia was facing a Russian push on two fronts as as the Kremlin continued to ignore international pressure for a ceasefire five days into the conflict.

In the west, Russian troops entered Georgia from the breakaway region of Abkhazia on the Black Sea, while in the north, intense shelling continued in and around South Ossetia.

Moscow confirmed that its soldiers had swept from Abkhazia into the town of Senaki, 40 km inside Georgia.

The Defence Ministry in Moscow claimed that the raid on Senaki was intended to prevent Georgian troops from regrouping for “new attacks on South Ossetia”.

The admission marked a dangerous new phase in the conflict as Russia advanced into Georgian territory with no indication of when its offensive might cease, despite a claim from President Medvedev that much of the operation was complete.

President Saakashvili told Georgians in a televised address that Russia was attempting to occupy the whole country. He said: “This provocation was aimed at occupying South Ossetia, Abkhazia and then all of Georgia.”

He claimed that Russian tanks were rampaging through the countryside while Russian troops were carrying out summary killings and human rights abuses.

In the hours before the claimed fall of Gori, The Times witnessed Russian MiG fighter jets bombing Georgian positions about 9 km from the border with South Ossetia, and there were sustained exchanges of artillery fire.

Soldiers on the ground claimed that Russian and South Ossetian forces had established artillery positions inside the border on the Georgian side. Georgian tanks and heavy weaponry ringed the outskirts of Gori in anticipation of a Russian advance.

The prospects for a negotiated ceasefire were dealt a blow when Russia’s ambassador to Nato declared that Mr Saakashvili “is no longer a man that we can deal with”. Dmitri Rogozin said: “He must be punished for breaching international law. He is responsible for many war crimes.”

President Sarkozy of France is preparing to fly to Georgia and Russia tomorrow on a peace mission, following a round of shuttle diplomacy by his foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who is due in Moscow tonight carrying a draft ceasefire proposal signed by Mr Saakashvili.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, said that Russia would continue its military operation until “its logical end”.

He hit out at the United States in particular for transporting 800 Georgian soldiers from Iraq, some of whom were deployed in Gori.

Russia warned the West that “the Georgian side was preparing aggression,” said Mr Putin. “Nobody was listening. And this is the result. We have finally come to it. However, Russia will of course carry out its peacekeeping mission to its logical end.”

Russia’s incursion into Georgian territory follows a rapid troop build up, as thousands of Russian troops have poured into Georgia’s breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Nato’s Secretary-General today criticised Russia over its “disproportionate” use of force. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was “seriously concerned” about Russia’s response and its “lack of respect for the territorial integrity of Georgia,” a spokesperson said.

The statement followed President Bush’s comments in Beijing, where he was watching the Olympics. He said he had spoken “firmly” to Mr Putin, who was directing the Kremlin’s actions in Georgia.

Gordon Brown today made his first direct comments on the crisis, saying there was “no justification” for Russia’s military action in Georgia, and that there was a “clear responsibility” on Moscow to agree a ceasefire and bring a swift end to the conflict which threatened a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

Pictured here: A US military transport aircraft arrives in Tbilisi and unloads the first contingent of Georgian soldiers to be withdrawn from the battlefield in Iraq, on August 11, 2008.

Although the Russian air campaign has reportedly reduced the number of operational airfields in Georgia, including a near hit at the Tbilisi International Airport, the US military has nearly completed its redeployment of Georgian troops to their homeland today. These troops have already been deployed to Russian-occupied Gori, reports The Times. “We will drink Russian blood,” vowed Badri, one of Georgian soldiers newly arrived from Iraq.”

In response, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin denounced US logistical support for the Georgian military. Putin rumbled: “It is a shame that some of our partners are not helping us but, essentially, are hindering us. I mean … the transfer by the United States of a Georgian contingent in Iraq with military transport planes practically to the conflict zone. The very scale of this cynicism is astonishing – the attempt to turn white into black, black into white and to adeptly portray victims of aggression as aggressors and place the responsibility for the consequences of the aggression on the victims.”

The Pentagon denies hostile intent in the redeployment. “We are fulfilling our agreement with the Georgian government that in an emergency we will assist them in redeploying their troops. We are honoring that commitment,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman explained and then specifically refuted Putin’s assertion that US military aircraft were directly airlifting Georgian troops into the combat zone.

According to the Azerbaijani media, citing Israeli source Maariv, the USA is also transporting weapons to Georgia via Jordan: “The US established air bridge between Jordan and Georgia and sent ammunitions to Georgia, APA reports quoting Israeli newspaper Maariv. Four transports flew from Akaba, Jordan to Georgia on August 8. Georgian army has not used new weapon in the war and wants to make surprise to Russian servicemen, said in a report. U.S transport planes have sent 800 Georgian peacekeepers from Iraq to Georgia.”

Today US President George W. Bush delivered a statement on the Caucasian War from the Rose Garden:

The military crackdown has substantially damaged Russia’s standing in the world. And these actions jeopardize Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe. It is time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis. I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Georgia.

I am deeply concerned by reports that Russian troops have moved beyond the zone of conflict, attacked the Georgian town of Gori, and are threatening Georgia’s capital of Tiblisi. If these reports are accurate, these Russian actions would represent a dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia. The actions would be inconsistent with assurances that we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring peace in separatist pro-Russian areas.

Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatened a government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century. Russia’s government must respect Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Russia’s government must reverse the course that it appears to be on as a first step toward resolving this conflict.

In summary, Soviet animosity toward US intervention in the Caucasion War portends a superpower showdown between Washington and Moscow but the US President in his Rose Garden statement gives no indication of this reality. Journalist David Blair at The Telegraph rightly observes: “. . . Putin has demonstrated that the Kremlin will use force to protect the 25 million Russians who inhabit the Soviet Union’s successor states, well beyond the mother country’s borders.” Indeed.

Meanwhile, in a recapitulation of the Kremlin’s cyberattack against Estonian government computer networks in April 2007, an incident that occured after the Estonian parliament voted to relocate a Soviet war monument, Moscow has unleashed electronic warfare against Georgian government websites to support its military assault on the “former” Soviet republic. In this case, the Kremlin is again employing the services of the shadowy Russian Business Network, which reportedly relocated from St. Petersburg to China last year, to disrupt Tbilisi’s computer network. This development proves that neo-Soviet Russia planned its re-invasion of Georgia well in advance of the military action and should serve as notice to the Western Alliance that any Russian military assault on NATO-NORAD states will be accompanied by Kremlin-sponsored cyberwarfare.

Pictured below: The President of Georgia’s official website was hijacked by Russian hackers on or before August 8, the day neo-Soviet Russia launched its invasion against the Caucasian republic. Today Tbilisi arranged for a US hosting facility based, ironically, in Atlanta, Georgia, to maintain the presidential website.

Georgia: Russia ‘conducting cyber war’

Russia has been accused of attacking Georgian government websites in a cyber war to accompany their military bombardment.

By Jon Swaine Last Updated: 4:12PM BST 11 Aug 2008

The official website of Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian President, was been under external control since shortly before Russia’s armed intervention

Several Georgian state computer servers have been under external control since shortly before Russia’s armed intervention into the state commenced on Friday, leaving its online presence in dissaray.

While the official website of Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian President, has become available again, the central government site, as well as the homepages for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence, remain down. Some commercial websites have also been hijacked.

The Georgian Government said that the disruption was caused by attacks carried out by Russia as part of the ongoing conflict between the two states over the Georgian province of South Ossetia.

In a statement released via a replacement website built on Google’s blog-hosting service, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “A cyber warfare campaign by Russia is seriously disrupting many Georgian websites, including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

Barack Obama, the Democratic US Presidential candidate, has demanded Moscow halt the internet attacks as well as observing a ceasefire on the ground.

Last April the computer systems of the Estonian Government came under attack in a co-ordinated three-week assault widely credited to state-sponsored Russian hackers. The wave of attacks came after a row erupted over the removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in Tallinn, the Estonian capital. The websites of government departments, political parties, banks and newspapers were all targeted.

Analysts have immediately accused the Russian Business Network (RBN), a network of criminal hackers with close links to the Russian mafia and government, of the Georgian attacks.

Jart Armin, a researcher who runs a website tracking the activity of the RBN, has released data claiming to show that visits to Georgian sites had been re-routed through servers in Russia and Turkey, where the traffic was blocked. Armin said the servers “are well known to be under the control of RBN and influenced by the Russian Government.”

Mr Armin said that administrators in Germany had intervened at the weekend, temporarily making the Georgian sites available by re-routing their traffic through German servers run by Deutsche Telekom. Within hours, however, control over the traffic had been wrested back, this time to servers based in Moscow.

As in the barrage against Estonian websites last year, the Georgian sites are being bombarded by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in which hackers direct their computers to simultaneously flood a site with thousands of visits in order to overload it and bring it offline.

The Shadowserver Foundation, which tracks serious hacking, confirmed: “We are now seeing new attacks against .ge sites – http://www.parliament.ge and president.gov.ge are currently being hit with http floods.”

Mr Armin warned that official Georgian sites that did appear online may have been hijacked and be displaying bogus content. He said in a post on his site: “Use caution with any web sites that appear of a Georgia official source but are without any recent news … as these may be fraudulent.”

The Baltic Business News website reported that Estonia has offered to send a specialist online security team to Georgia.

However a spokesman from Estonia’s Development Centre of State Information Systems said Georgia had not made a formal request. “This will be decided by the government,” he said.

Source: The Telegraph

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Superpower showdown looms as US military transports Georgian troops from Iraq to their homeland to counter Russian invasion

>The Associated Press reports that US military aircraft are transporting Georgian troops based in Iraq back to their homeland to counter the Russian invasion.

The U.S. military began flying 2,000 Georgian troops home from Iraq on Sunday, military officials said, after the Georgians recalled the soldiers following the outbreak of fighting with Russia in the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The decision was a timely payback for the former Soviet republic that has been a staunch U.S. supporter and agreed to send troops to Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition. Georgia was the third-largest contributor of coalition forces after the U.S. and Britain, and most of its troops were stationed near the Iranian border in southeastern Iraq.

This decision by the Pentagon has the potential to push the world’s two nuclear superpowers into an open confrontation with each other, but who’s paying attention?

>WW4 File: Russian troops seize Tskhinvali, Georgian troops withdraw from S. Ossetia; second front opens in Abkhazia as Russian Navy imposes blockade

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– Russian Warplanes Widen Bombing Campaign Throughout Georgia Proper, Attack Residential Areas, Military Infrastructure, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline

– Second Front Opens in War: Abkhazia’s Unrecognized Government Mobilizes Against Georgian Forces in Region

– Eight Warships from Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet Dock at Abkhazian Port

– NATO Intervention Looms: Turkey Stations Warships off Georgian Port of Batumi

– Book by Former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn Explains Role of Caucasus Republics in Soviet Deception Strategy

The manufactured “war” between Russia and Georgia, which serves the strategic interests of the still-active Communist Party of the Soviet Union, is widening. Both “sides” are trading accusations: Russia accuses NATO aspirant Georgia of orchestrating genocide in South Ossetia, which Tblisi denies, while Georgia accuses Russia of broadening its aerial bombing campaign throughout the country, which Moscow denies.

Pictured above: Resident of the Georgian city of Gori stands near dead relative on Saturday, after Russian warplane dropped a bomb on this apartment block.

On Saturday Russian troops assumed control of the Georgian city and South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, previously the charge of a joint peacekeeping force consisting of Georgian, South Ossetian, and Russian soldiers. In the process of taking over the provincial capital, the Russian Army repelled Georgian forces, which have now withdrawn entirely from South Ossetia. “The Russians have taken South Ossetia, they are in Abkhazia and they’re looking to take control of the entire country,” Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili declared earlier today. “They have a massive military.”

Meanwhile, the Russian military is opening a second front in Georgia’s other breakaway region Abkhazia, which has a shore on the Black Sea. The unrecognized government in Sukhumi is mobilizing its forces against Georgian positions as the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet establishes a naval blockade against Georgia. Eight Russian warships docked at an Abkhaz port today. Even though ethnic Russians constitute a minority in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, more than 70 percent of South Ossetians and 90 percent of Abkhazians have Russian citizenship.

Yesterday Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin arrived in North Ossetian city of Vladikavkaz, which is located in Russia, and justified his country’s invasion of diminutive Georgia: “From a legal point of view our actions are absolutely well-founded and legitimate and moreover necessary,” Putin ranted, adding: “Georgia’s NATO drive is an attempt to draw other countries and other nations into its bloody, reckless schemes.” Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, claimed 1,500 South Ossetian civilians were killed in the burning of villages in just one day of Georgia’s offensive.

For their part, the USA and the European Union are resorting to the usual, ineffective hand-wringing, candle-clutching, and pleading about “regional stability,” while Moscow’s communist allies in Beijing shed huge crocodile tears over the peace that has vanished in the Caucasus region. “We have urged an immediate halt to the violence and a stand-down by all troops. We call for an end to the Russian bombings,” US President George W. Bush opined, tossing in his two cents’ worth. “China is seriously concerned about the worsening situation and armed conflict in South Ossetia,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang lamented in a written statement. “We call on the relevant parties to keep restraint and cease fire immediately.”

“The European Union strongly states its commitment to the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Georgia and its internationally recognised borders and urges Russia to respect them,” Brussels blathered. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who reports to self-anointed world peacemaker European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy, flies to Tbilisi today and to Moscow tomorrow to urge a cease-fire between Russia and Georgia.

Georgian sources insist that a cease-fire has been declared in the region, but Russian source refuse to confirm the claim. Pictured below: Abkhazians aim rocket launcher at Georgian positions, in this televised image grab from August 10, 2008.

Georgia Pulls Troops From South Ossetia After Losses (Update3)
By Emma O’Brien and Lyubov Pronina

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — Georgia withdrew its troops from the separatist region of South Ossetia after four days of fighting with Russian and Ossetian forces as casualties rise “into the hundreds,” a government official said.

“Casualties are very heavy in many places,” Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said by telephone from the capital Tbilisi. “We are withdrawing from South Ossetia.”

Anatoly Nogovitsyn, Russian deputy chief of the General Staff, confirmed that a Georgian withdrawal has begun. He told reporters in Moscow that most of the regional capital Tskhinvali is controlled by Russian peacekeepers.

Heavy fighting began on Aug. 7 in South Ossetia, which broke from Georgia in a war in the early 1990s. Russia sent troops and tanks into the disputed region the next day in what it said was a response to Georgia’s assault on Russian citizens and peacekeeping forces. Most residents of South Ossetia hold Russian passports.

Georgia said Russian warplanes bombed targets in the country in an offensive President Mikheil Saakashvili called a “well-planned invasion.”

Second Front

A “temporary” cease-fire has been declared in the region, to which the Russians have agreed, Utiashvili said.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry “has no such information,” a spokesman said on condition of anonymity, citing ministry rules. “I can neither confirm nor deny it.”

A second front has opened in the four-day-old conflict as eight Russian warships docked in a second breakaway region, Abkhazia, Kakha Lomaia, head of Georgia’s Security Council, said by telephone. “They’ve been bombing Upper Abkhazia,” he said. “They hit two villages overnight” in addition to the border town of Zugdidi, he said. Upper Abkhazia is a Georgian- controlled area within Abkhazia, which also broke away from the Black Sea country in a war in the early 1990s.

Nogovitsyn said Russian naval ships are not involved in the fighting.

Kristian Bzhania, a spokesman for Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh, said Russia increased its naval presence off Abkhazia at the request of the regional leadership after four Georgian warships tried to enter its territorial waters, the Interfax news service reported.

Abkhaz Warplanes

Bagapsh said Abkhaz warplanes and artillery are being deployed against Georgian positions in the upper part of the Kodori Gorge, as the Abkhaz refer to Upper Abkhazia, Interfax reported. Abkhaz forces will continue operations to “restore order” on both sides of the border with the rest of Georgia, Interfax cited Bagapsh as saying.

The Abkhaz leader ordered an urgent mobilization of reserves, Interfax said, citing Bzhania.

The Russians “have taken South Ossetia, they are in Abkhazia and they’re looking to take control of the entire country,” Utiashvili said. “They have a massive military.”

Georgia’s parliament last month approved an increase in the size of the country’s military to 37,000 troops. Russia has an army of 1.13 million.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “alarmed” by the spread of the conflict to Abkhazia, the UN said.

Possible Blockade

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner flies to Tbilisi today and to Moscow tomorrow to seek and end to hostilities between Georgia and Russia, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said. He will be accompanied by Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, the current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

In signs of an economic blockade, Russian warships prevented a Ukrainian ship carrying grain and an unidentified oil tanker from docking in the Georgian port of Poti, Economic Development Minister Eka Sharashidze said by telephone. Azerbaijan stopped sending oil to Georgian ports for export because of the clashes, AFP reported, citing Rovnag Abdullayev, head of SOCAR, the country’s state oil company.

“This is suffocation of the country,” Lomaia said. “An economic blockade like this is very close to genocide.”

Nogovitsyn said Russia hasn’t imposed a naval blockade on Georgia. Ships leaving the Black Sea country’s ports are “under greater control,” he said.

Energy Corridor

Georgia is a key link in a U.S.-backed “southern energy corridor” that connects the Caspian Sea region with world markets, bypassing Russia. The BP Plc-led Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline to Turkey runs about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tskhinvali.

U.S. President George W. Bush said yesterday the fighting was a “a dangerous escalation” and called for an “immediate halt to violence.” The State Department issued a travel advisory to discourage Americans from visiting the region.

Even before the latest fighting began, increasing tension and violence in Georgia’s rebel regions, which Saakashvili’s government has consistently blamed on Russia, made the former Soviet republic a flashpoint in Russia’s relations with the West. Georgia’s push to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in particular has caused friction. The U.S. strongly backs the bid, while Russia considers further eastward expansion of NATO a security threat.

“We always fight for our friends,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on July 10 in Tbilisi of Georgia’s NATO bid. While NATO refused to grant Georgia fast-track status for membership in April, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the alliance agreed that Georgia and another aspirant, Ukraine, “will become members of NATO.”

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the fighting in South Ossetia makes clear that Georgia’s NATO drive is “an attempt to draw other countries and other nations into its bloody, reckless schemes.”

Source: Bloomberg

Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force, which first penetrated Georgian airspace on Friday, continues to bomb selected targets in Georgia proper. On Saturday Russian warplanes bombed the port of Poti and city of Gori, reportedly killing civilians, and also damaged the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which begins in Azerbaijan, crosses Georgian territory, and terminates in Turkey. Israel has a vested interest in the security of this pipeline and thus the presence of nearly 1,000 Israeli military advisers in and Israeli military support for Georgia, facts which we believe have Biblically prophetic significance for near-future relations between Russia and Israel. Yesterday AFP news agency reported:

Russian warships headed for the Georgian coast, Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili said after air raids on the port of Poti and the city of Gori, where inhabitants said scores of people were killed. The leaders of Russia and Georgia also stepped up their war of words. “What they are doing is nothing to do with conflict, it is about annihilation of a democracy on their borders,” Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in an interview with the BBC. Saakashvili declared a “state of war” in his country on Saturday but also offered a ceasefire to Russia.

Georgia said a Russian air raid had “completely devastated” the Black Sea port of Poti in attacks that the country’s UN ambassador likened to “a full-scale military invasion”. This was followed up with air raids on Gori, the main Georgian city closest to South Ossetia. Georgia’s prime minister said another attack targeted the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline but did not damage it. Azerbaijan still suspended its oil exports through Georgia. Apartment blocks in Gori were left in flames and residents said scores of people were killed. Georgian television showed images of the body of a pilot from a Russian jet shot down.

The same source reported yesterday for the first time that a second front, involving the movement of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet towards Abkhazia, was beginning to open in Georgia’s other breakaway region:

The conflict spread to Abkhazia, another breakaway region of Georgia, where the separatist government said its forces had launched attacks on Georgian troops. Georgia accused Russia of staging the attacks in the Kodori Gorge region, the only part of Abkhazia controlled by Georgia. The United States has been informed that Russia plans to move parts of its Black Sea fleet towards Abkhazia, a US official in Washington said on condition of anonymity.

Today the Russian Air Force continued to target Georgian infrastructure and Tblisi, although on Friday Russian warplanes hitVaziani , a military base near the Georgian capital, to which 130 US servicemen are currently assigned and at which only one week ago 1,000 US soldiers were present for a joint military exercise with troops from the Caucasus republics. Until 2006 Vaziani was the site of a Russian garrison. A factory on the eastern outskirts of Tbilisi that builds Su-25 jet warplanes was damaged by Russian bombs, the story below reports.

Russia increases bombing blitz
August 10, 2008

Russia expanded its bombing blitz against Georgia, targeting the country’s capital for the first time.

Heavy Russian shelling forced Georgian troops to pull out of the capital of the contested province of South Ossetia.

Russian jets, which have been roaming Georgia’s skies since Friday, bombed a factory on the eastern outskirts of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi that builds Su-25 jet warplanes.

The attack inflicted some damage to the plant’s runways but caused no casualties, said Georgia’s Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili.

Georgia’s Security Council chief Alexander Lomaia said the Georgian troops had to move out of Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of separatist South Ossetia, because of heavy Russian fire.

“Russia further escalated its aggression overnight, using weapons on unprecedented scale. In these conditions our forces conducted redeployment,” Lomaia said.

Georgia, whose troops have been trained by American soldiers, began an offensive to regain control over South Ossetia on Friday, launching heavy rocket and artillery fire and air strikes that pounded Tskhinvali.

In response, Russia, which has granted passports to most South Ossetians, began overwhelming bombing and shelling attacks against Georgia and Georgian troops.

The Georgian president proposed a ceasefire on Saturday but Russia said it wants Georgia to first pull its troops from South Ossetia and sign a pledge not to use force against the breakaway province.

The UN Security Council planned to meet for the fourth time in four days to try to resolved the situation.

The South Ossetian Conflict and Soviet Strategy

Pictured here: The Kremlin’s rent-a-mob youth groups rally outside the Georgian embassy in Moscow, on August 10, 2008.

As we have previously documented, the conflict between Moscow and Tblisi is contrived and related to the Soviet deception strategy, implemented in 1960 at the Eighty-One Party Congress. The main objectives in this manufactured war probably include: 1) perpetuating the ruse that the “post”-Soviet states are disunited and weak, 2) portraying the government of alleged KGB agent Mikhail Saakashvili as a Washington-backed puppet regime, 3) providing a pretext for the Soviet Army to re-occupy Georgia, from which it formally withdrew in 2006, and thus maintain its position near strategically important ally Iran and the Persian Gulf, and 4) distract NATO-NORAD commands from possible Russian preemptive strike against Western Europe and North America.

In The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998) former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn describes the secret channels of control that bind the “post”-communist Caucasus republics to Moscow, as well as explains the communist strategy behind the “national forms” promoted in the Not-So-Former Soviet republics:

The present Communist strategists are concealing that it is they who are now creating “independent” Republics–repeating on a much broader scale Lenin’s experience with the Far Eastern and Georgian Republics, and also Stalin’s deceptive dissolution of the Comintern in 1943. The strategists are concealing the secret coordination that exists, and will continue to exist, between Moscow and the “nationalist” leaders [like Saakashvili] of these newly “independent” Republics. There has been ample time, and every opportunity, to prepare for this coordination in advance. Given such coordination, the fragmentation of the Soviet Empire will not be real or lasting, as the West assumes, but fictional. This is not true self-determination, but the use of “national” forms in the execution of a common Communist strategy along lines pioneered by Lenin.

The central domestic purpose of the strategy and the final phase of “perestroika” is to renew the regimes of the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, and to convert them into states of “mature socialism with a human face” in order to promote the external strategy of “convergence.” These regimes must be “acceptable” to the West for “convergence” purposes. Thus the strategy goes far beyond domestic political restructuring, since it is aimed at the “restructuring” or “re-shoeing” of the West–the “reform” of Western attitudes and policies–and ultimately the peaceful conquest of the United States and Western Europe from within [pages 204-205].

“NATO-friendly” President Saakashvili described the Russian incursion as a “well-planned invasion.” Indeed. As Moscow’s man in Tblisi, he was no doubt briefed on the attack through secret channels well in advance of the military action. Saakashvili is thus playing his part well as leader of a small country victimized by the Big Bad Russian Bear and is already attempting to drag the Western Alliance into the Caucasus conflict with pleas for intervention. On August 8, the first day of the Russian incursion into South Ossetia, the Georgian president appealed to the international community, including the USA:

Our troops are being attacked by thousands of troops from Russia. Right now, we have 150 Russian tanks, and other armoured fighting machines, coming into Georgian territory. The movement started last night and throughout the day Russian planes have been continuously attacking Georgian towns outside the conflict zone. We have no chance of defeating the might of Russia. The outside world must step in and halt Moscow’s blunt aggression.

In effect, Saakashvili, in collaboration with Moscow, is establishing a scenario for the Fourth World War. NATO intervention in the South Ossetian crisis may be nearing as news reports yesterday indicate that NATO member Turkey has stationed its warships off the Georgian port of Batumi. Meanwhile, the shopping mall regimes slumber, oblivious to Soviet strategy and disinterested in the Russian strategic bombers once again probing NATO-NORAD airspace.

>End Times File: Russian warplanes bomb Georgian military base to which 130 US servicemen are assigned, Israeli advisers accompany Georgian troops

>The Hook in Gog’s Jaws: Israeli Military Presence in Georgia Setting Stage for Early-Tribulation Russian-Arab Invasion of Jewish State Prophesied in Bible

– Secular Jews Join Orthodox Groups in Urging Construction of Third Temple in Jerusalem

A senior Georgian security official was quoted by Reuters as saying that Russian warplanes bombed the Vaziani military base near the capital Tblisi today. “No one was wounded but some buildings have been destroyed,” explained Kakha Lamaia. “They [the Russians] have declared war against us.”

Pictured above: Russian armored column approaches Georgian city/South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali today.

This is an interesting development because visiting US forces, in collaboration with Ukrainian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian troops, wrapped up a joint military exercise called Immediate Response 2008 at the Vaziani base only one week ago. More than 1,000 US soldiers were present at this site at the time, but this number appears to have dropped to 130 as American servicemen returned home or transferred to new assignments. “They are not involved in any way in this conflict between the Russian military and the Georgian military,” revealed Lieutenant Colonel John Dorrian, spokesman for the US European Command. “We have upwards of 100 military trainers who are in Georgia now. We’ve been able to account for all of them.”

“We have forces in Georgia, so obviously the secretary is interested in the situation there,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman stated, referring to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. “What they do in a situation like this is contact the embassy, contact our troops there, assess the situation, and begin to receive any information or request for support from the embassy, or any reports about US citizens being in danger. At this point we are early in the hostilities. The situation is sort of dynamic at this point.”

An anonymous US military official was quoted as saying: “We’re obviously very concerned. We are watching it closely. We are looking at the situation, and how it develops. It’s still early.”

Pictured here: Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin chats with Israeli President Shimon Peres today in Beijing, on the occasion of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, in an interesting twist to the unfolding, communist-scripted war drama unfolding in Georgia, Debkafile reveals that as many as 1,000 Israeli military advisers are accompanying Georgian troops into South Ossetia. According to Debkafile, Israel’s stake in the conflict between Russia and South Ossetia in the one camp and Georgia in the other derives from the plans of Israeli and other Western energy companies to ensure that oil pipelines from Azerbaijan and gas pipelines from Turkmenistan, transit through Georgia and Turkey, rather than Russia. In 2007, the Israeli intelligence source also reveals, President Saaskashvili commissioned up to 1,000 military advisers from private Israeli security firms to train the Georgian armed forces in commando, air, sea, armored, and artillery combat tactics. “They also offer instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime,” Debkafile reports, adding: “Tbilisi also purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel.” This source concludes:

These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian army’s preparations to conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday. In recent weeks, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was “defensive.” This has not gone down well in the Kremlin. Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in South Ossetia, Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention.

On August 5 the Jerusalem Post confirmed the political-military link between Tblisi and Jerusalem with the following news: “Israel will continue to sell Georgia defensive arms, but not offensive weapons, defense officials said Tuesday amid reports that Israel decided to halt the sale of military equipment to Georgia because of objections from Russia, Georgia’s bitter rival.”

From the vantage of Bible prophecy, the Israeli military presence in Georgia-South Ossetia may possibly be setting the stage for the mid-tribulation Russian-Arab invasion of Israel, predicted by Ezekiel nearly 2,500 years ago. “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,” Ezekiel prophesies in 38:4, “and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Later, in 38:18, the prophet says: “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.” Still later, in 39:11, Ezekiel says: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog.”

Some Bible prophecy experts point out that the origin of the word Caucasus can be traced to the ancient Chaldaic language, in which “Gog-chasan” meant “Gog’s fortress”:

Going back in history, prior to the writing of the book of Ezekiel, we find Hesiod, the father of Greek didactic poetry and literature, identifying Magog with the Scythians and with southern Russia in the 7th century BC. Hesiod likely derived this identity from the Colchians or Colchi people (a Thracian tribe) where, in their ancient Chaldaic language, described the region of southern Russia as “Gog-chasan” or “Gog-hasan” (Arabic “Gog-i-hisn”) meaning “fortress of Gog” or “Gog’s fort.” There are scholars who suggest that Gog and Magog, as a region, is where the name “Caucasus” originated. Scholars speculate the name “Caucasus” was derived from “Gog-chasan” which the Greeks translated as Gogasus or Caucasus.

“Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention [in Georgia],” Debkafile observes. Indeed, and God will punish Russia on the mountains of Israel (39:4). In a related story portending the nearness of Daniel’s seventieth week (D70W), secular Jews are joining Orthodox groups in advocating the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, a structure that will be defiled by the Antichrist during D70W. Today Arutz Sheva quotes Ahuvyah Tabenkin, a left-wing kibbutznik, as saying: “There are many religious authorities, including Maimonides, who say that the Temple must be rebuilt, and so I think it should be done… As a first step, we must show that we control the Temple Mount… I call upon all of Israel to come to the Mount on [Tisha B’Av] and show that it belongs to the Jewish nation.” Christian, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russian forces invade, bomb Georgia as Tbilisi reasserts control over South Ossetia; Saakashvili alleged KGB agent

>War Erupts between Russia and Georgia as Putin Attends Beijing Olympics, Confers with Fellow Communist Hu, Chats Up Bush

– South Ossetian President Blames USA, Ukraine for Provoking Georgia into Attacking Breakaway Region

– Two Tu-160 Bombers Complete 12-Hour Mission over Arctic, Atlantic

The manufactured crisis in the Caucasian republics exploded into full-blown war yesterday as Georgia launched a major offensive to reassert control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia. This region and Abkhazia, another rebellious microstate, are both legally part of Georgia. During Thursday’s offensive 10 Russian peacekeepers stationed at a barracks in the regional capital of Tskhinvali were reportedly killed as a result of Georgian shelling, providing the pretext required by Moscow to dispatch its troops and tanks into South Ossetia today.

All of the actors in this red-scripted drama are “ex”-cadres of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, graduates of the Soviet Komsomol, proteges of some communist official, or “ex”-KGB or “ex”-GRU types. This includes South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity, Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev. In June Kokoity attended a low-profile meeting in North Ossetia with Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuagnov, whom we consider to be one of the powers behind the throne in “post”-communist Russia. According to Georgian dissident Irakli Kakabadze, “pro”-Western Saakashvili is a long-time KGB agent, while it is more commonly known that his political career was jumpstarted under the auspices of former Georgian Communist Party boss and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.

Pictured above: The “one clenched fist” of the Moscow-Bejing Axis personified: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet in Chinese capital on the occasion of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony; pictured here: US President George W. Bush (center) walks with his bud Putin (left) to a banquet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing; pictured below: A Russian fighter jet attacks a Georgian position near the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, 100 kilometres from Tbilisi; pictured at bottom: Russian tank column moves toward Tskhinvali, in this image grab from Russian Channel 1. All of these pictures were taken on August 8, 2008.

Georgia surrounds capital in rebel province
August 8, 2008 – 8:19PM

Georgian forces surrounded and shelled the capital of the breakaway South Ossetia province on Friday, drawing warnings of retaliation from Russia which supports the separatist administration.

Amid spiralling tensions, reports said Russian forces on peacekeeping duty in South Ossetia had been killed and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned his country would respond to Georgia’s offensive in the Caucasus trouble spot.

A Kremlin spokesman said President Dmitry Medvedev was considering “emergency measures” in response to the Georgian attack.

Georgia said Russian warplanes had bombed targets in its territory but this was denied by the Russian foreign ministry.

At least 15 civilians were killed in the fighting and Georgian shelling and air raids on the separatist capital Tskhinvali, South Ossetian officials and reports said.

The European Union, United States, NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) all called for a halt to the fighting in South Ossetia — which broke away from Tbilisi’s control in the early 1990s.

The International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for a “humanitarian corridor” to be set up to evacuate the wounded from the province.

The United Nations expressed concern but failed to agree on a Russian statement urging Georgia and the rebels to halt the fighting.

Georgia accuses Russia of seeking to take over South Ossetia.

An AFP reporter saw Georgian forces fire over a dozen missiles towards South Ossetia from a position inside Georgia and witnessed helicopters and hundreds of soldiers in trucks moving towards the region.

A large plume of smoke rose from Tskhinvali shortly after dawn and explosions and heavy weapons continued regularly as they had all night.

The Russian military said a barracks for Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali was hit and that some troops were killed, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

“As a result of the Georgian artillery shelling there are fatalities among the peacekeepers,” a representative of the Russian command was quoted as saying.

Three Russian Sukhoi-24 aircraft entered Georgian airspace and one dropped two bombs near the border village of Kareli, a Georgian interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

The Georgian defence ministry said Russian planes dropped four bombs near Gori, the main Georgian city near South Ossetia.

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman told AFP the Georgian claims were “nonsense” and “rubbish”.

Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili said “Most of South Ossetia’s territory is liberated and is controlled by Georgia.”

He added in televised comments that Russia was conducting flights over Tskhinvali and declared: “I demand Russia stop bombardment of peaceful Georgian cities.”

But Putin, the former Russian president who is now its influential prime minister, condemned Georgia’s “aggressive actions” and said his country would have to retaliate.

“It is regrettable that on the day before the opening of the Olympic Games, the Georgian authorities have undertaken aggressive actions in South Ossetia,” said Putin in Beijing.

“They have in effect begun hostilities using tanks and artillery,” he added. “It is sad, but this will provoke retaliatory measures.”

Putin said he had discussed the crisis with Chinese leaders and with US President George W. Bush. “Everybody agrees — nobody wants to see a war.”

Russia called a special meeting of the UN Security Council which expressed concern over the fighting but could not agree on a Russian statement urging the warring sides to renounce the use of force and return to the negotiating table.

The European Union, NATO and United States all called on both sides to stop the fighting and hold talks.

South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity said earlier his forces still controlled Tskhinvali.

“We fully control our capital. The battle is continuing on the outskirts of Tskhinvali,” Kokoity was quoted as saying by Interfax. “The situation is completely under control.”

“Georgian SU-25 planes are dropping bombs on innocent civilians in the Republic of South Ossetia,” a statement on the official website of the South Ossetian authorities said.

The offensive was described by General Mamuka Kurashvili, who leads Georgia’s contribution to the peacekeeping mission in South Ossetia, as an attempt to “restore constitutional order” in the region.
In recent months, Moscow and Tbilisi have sparred repeatedly over South Ossetia and another breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia.

Georgia’s pro-Western government accuses Moscow of seeking to annex the two regions and derail its efforts to join the transatlantic NATO alliance, which Russia vehemently opposes.

The Georgian offensive came within just hours of reports that Georgia and South Ossetia agreed to meet Friday for talks and the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by the Georgian president.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Two days ago communist organ Pravda quoted President Kokoity, with reference to earlier Georgian “provocations,” as saying: “Georgia has declared a sniper war on the Republic South Ossetia and again undertook an attempt to unleash a large scale war. The Ukraine and the USA bear responsibility together with Georgia. The Ukraine transmitted to Georgia 40 units of sniper armament, 120 units were transmitted from the USA. Those countries bear responsibility together with Georgia in supporting the pseudo-democratic image of Georgia.”

Keeping in mind the disengenuous nature of the Sino-Soviet border clash of 1969, which was portrayed by Moscow and Beijing as evidence of disunity within the Communist Bloc, the nationalistic dispute between Moscow and Tblisi should be viewed as part of the ongoing Soviet strategy to portray the Commonwealth of Independent States as a target of Western subversion and NATO aggression. The “pro”-Western regimes in both Georgia and Ukraine have sought admission to NATO, prompting no end of fulminations from Moscow.

The Great Chess Game of Geopolitics

Meanwhile, we must consider the following questions in light of the current geopolitical situations unfolding in the world today: Is the USA using the Olympic Games and the Caucasus conflict to divert world attention from its plans to impose sanctions upon Iran? Or, are Russia and China using the Olympic Games and the Caucasus conflict to divert world attention from their plans to attack the West?

The US, British, French, and Brazilian navies have just wrapped up the two-week joint maneuver Operation Brimstone in the Atlantic Ocean. The geopolitical analysts at Debkafile expect that the first three countries that participated in this drill are preparing to implement a naval blockade against Iran should Tehran fail to terminate its “peaceful” nuclear power program, following the ultimatum produced by an international meeting in Geneva on July 19.

Yesterday American blogger “Lord Stirling” rightly observed that Russia and China will oppose a naval blockade against Iran and, intriguingly, suggests that a “strategic diversion has been created for Russia” by the Western Alliance in the form of Georgia’s offensive against South Ossetia. However, Lord Stirling rightly concluded that “The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.” Indeed. Washington may believe that it is using Tblisi to advance its own interests in Central and Southern Asia when, in fact, Tblisi is doing Moscow’s bidding.

The large and very advanced nature of the US Naval warships is not only directed at Iran. There is a great fear that Russia and China may oppose the naval and air/land blockade of Iran. If Russian and perhaps Chinese naval warships escort commercial tankers to Iran in violation of the blockade it could be the most dangerous at-sea confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis. The US and allied Navies, by front loading a Naval blockade force with very powerful guided missile warships and strike carriers is attempting to have a force so powerful that Russia and China will not be tempted to mess with. This is a most serious game of military brinkmanship with major nuclear armed powers that have profound objections to the neo-con grand strategy and to western control of all of the Middle East’s oil supply.

A strategic diversion has been created for Russia. The Republic of Georgia, with US backing, is actively preparing for war on South Ossetia. The South Ossetia capital has been shelled and a large Georgian tank force has been heading towards the border. Russia has stated that it will not sit by and allow the Georgians to attack South Ossetia. The Russians are great chess players and this game may not turn out so well for the neo-cons.

In a possibly related story, two supersonic Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, which are comparable to the US Air Force’s B-1 Lancer bomber only larger and faster, completed a 12-hour mission over the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans today as part of the Russian Air Force’s revived regular overseas bomber patrols. As usual, reports state-run Novosti, neo-Soviet officialdom denies that Russia’s strategic aviation violated international rules of flight. The Blackjack is the heaviest combat aircraft ever built.

>End Times File: Rick Warren, National Association of Evangelicals leader Leith Anderson endorse Yale statement promoting Christian, Muslim unity

>The New Testament predicts that prior to the fulfillment of the Hebrew prophet Daniel’s seventieth week (D70W) an apostasy from sound Bible doctrine will occur among professing Christians (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 2 Timothy 4:3). D70W includes the rapture of the church followed by the seven-year tribulation period and the glorious return of Jesus Christ to earth. The religious trend toward ecumenical/interfaith compromise has in fact been ongoing for some decades now but is finally reaching its denouement in the so-called “Yale statement” promoting “peace” between Christianity and Islam.

There should be no surprise that the pro-communist National Council of Churches (NCC) climbed on board this invitation by the Muslims to betray the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, the endorsement given by “America’s Pastor” Rick Warren and National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president Leith Anderson to this rapprochement with a religion at war with the West should serve as a wake-up call to faithful Christians everywhere that the physical translation of the saints to heaven is just around the corner.

The article below reports that: “The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.” From the Muslim point of view, however, there will be no peace on earth until every Christian, Jew, and “infidel” has bowed the knee to Islam, or offered his neck to the jihadist’s sword. Noteworthy attendees also included: Jordanian Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad; former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi of Sudan; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, to which the NAE belongs; Antonios Kireopoulos, representing the NCC; and leftist US Senator John Kerry, who was slated to deliver the keynote address. Pictured above: Warren with bud Barack Hussein Obama, presidential nominee for the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party.

Christians, Muslims Seek ‘Common Ground’ at Historic Conference
By Katherine T. Phan
Christian Post Reporter
Sun, Jul. 27 2008 10:28 AM EDT

Top Christian and Muslim leaders have convened at Yale University for a historic conference that is expected to promote understanding and peace between Christianity and Islam on an unprecedented level.

The conference, “Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed: Implications for Muslims and Christians,” will officially be held July 28-31 but leaders from both faiths have initiated dialogue on peace during closed-session workshops since Thursday.

The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.

The letter, entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You,” urged followers of the two faiths to find “common ground” in the love of God and engage in more sincere discussions on peace rather than simply just “polite ecumenical dialogue” between certain religious leaders.

Yale scholars responded with a statement that pledged more open dialogue to “reshape” the two communities to “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another.” Some 500 Christian leaders – including prominent Christians including Saddleback pastor Rick Warren, theologian John Stott, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson – endorsed the Yale statement.

But several withdrew their names from the letter following criticism by respected theologians.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, disagreed with key points raised in the letter because he felt they compromised the Christian faith. Among them, he said that amid calls for love in a common God, the letter “failed to clearly define the Christian understanding of God as the trinity.”

Participants at the “Common Word” conference will explore ways to “rectify distorted perspectives Muslims and Christians have of each other and repair relations between the Middle East and the West,” according to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

Notable leaders at the event include Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan; former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi of Sudan; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and international director of World Evangelical Alliance; Leith Anderson, president of NAE; and Antonios Kireopoulos of the National Council of Churches. A handful of Jewish leaders will also attend the conference.

On Tuesday, Senator John Kerry is scheduled to give a keynote address.

“Christians and Muslims have gone through periods of good relations and bad relations over the centuries,” said Kireopoulos, senior program director for NCC’s Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations.

“Recent history has reinforced ill will between the two communities, so this interfaith initiative can make progress toward mutual understanding.”

The “Common Word” conference at Yale is one of a series of interfaith workshops and events. The other conferences will take place in October (Cambridge University), November (the Vatican), March 2009 (Georgetown University), and October 2009 (Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute, Jordan).

This blog’s Christian visitors might be aware of the fact that the tribulation saints, according to Revelation 20:4, are martyred by decapitation. This is an intriguing prophecy, the fulfillment of which appears to be looming in the near future. It is very likely that Islam, which is seeking through the United Nations to criminalize Christianity, will be part of the ungodly one world religion that will persecute true believers during D70W. As we have posted before, the murder of “infidels”–meaning Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims–by beheading is sanctioned in the Koran.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russia seizes US NMD plans as pretext, prepares for multi-theater war in Europe, Asia, Americas; shopping mall regimes sleep

>– Retired General Ivashov: Ex-FSB/KGB Chief Patrushev’s July 30-31 Visit to Cuba Included Discussions on Renewing Russia’s Military Presence on Island; Soviet Naval Port in Vietnam May Be Reactivated

– Russian Ambassador to Minsk: Kremlin Brass Seriously Considering Deployment of Bombers and Iskander Missiles in Belarus

– Russian Air Force to Hold Joint War Game with Belarus, Multi-Branch Exercise with Russian Navy in Indian Ocean this Fall

– Russian Military to Implement Unified Missile Defense System Throughout Commonwealth of Independent States

Pictured above: Russian Air Force commander Colonel-General Alexander Zelin.

Missile Day is fast approaching. Over the last 20 years the Soviet strategists have carefully developed a pretext for launching a preemptive strike against the Western Alliance. By withdrawing their troops and overt political influence from Eastern Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was lured into the “old” Soviet Bloc, enabling the Kremlin to portray the US-led military coalition as the aggressor. Now, as Russian generals consider the possibility of stationing their strategic bombers and ballistic missiles in Belarus, where they can rapidly “neutralize” the US National Missile Defense interceptor missiles and radar installation that are planned for Poland and the Czech Republic, the Union State of Russia and Belarus has announced its intention to hold a joint war game this fall in Belarus, which borders Poland. State-run Novosti reported yesterday:

The Russian Air Force is ready to contribute Su-27 Flanker or MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets to an upcoming drill in Belarus, the Air Force commander said Tuesday. “Russian ground attack, fighter and army aviation assets are expected to take part in a comprehensive tactical exercise by the Belarusian Armed Forces,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said, confirming Russia’s willingness to provide Su-27 or MiG-29 aircraft and Mi-24 or Mi-8 helicopters for the Fall-2008 exercises. However, he said Belarus had yet to make a formal request. The Belarusian Air Force and Air Defense Forces command earlier said that the country would send a formal invitation to the Russian Armed Forces to take part in the drill.

We posted several days ago, citing the independent Belarusian media well before the MSM picked up the news, on Moscow’s stated intention to deploy offensive weapons in Belarus, on the frontlines with NATO. Reuters quotes Russia’s ambassador to Minsk Alexander Surikov as saying today in a news conference: “Once Poland has signed an agreement with the American side on deployment of elements of the missile defense there, we will be able to discuss some additional aspects of our military and technical cooperation with Belarus. The Russian military are talking of strategic bombers and Iskander systems. Probably, some actions will be taken, albeit without Belarus regaining its nuclear status.” Surikov ruled out the possibility of deploying Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus.

Reuters notes: “Military experts in Moscow have also said Russian strategic bombers would not even have to cross the borders of Russia or Belarus to successfully launch cruise missiles and reduce the planned missile defense in Eastern Europe to rubble.” Russian “military experts,” the reader should be advised are often connected to Kremlin-run think tanks, so such observations should be interpreted as subtle warnings from neo-Soviet officialdom.

In addition to staging a joint war game with Belarus this fall, the Russian Air Force has announced its intention to conduct exercises in the Indian Ocean, in conjunction with the Russian Navy. This is not the first time that Russian bombers have completed missions over the Indian Ocean. In 2003 Russia and India conducted a joint military exercise in this region in which Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear bombers flew a 12-hour mission that included firing cruise missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean. However, the return of Russia’s strategic bombers portends ill for the US-British naval support facility on Diego Garcia, which is home to 1,700 military personnel and 1,500 civilian contractors. “Since August 2007, Russian strategic bombers have carried out about 150 patrol flights with tactical interference of foreign aircraft, which accompanied our planes on their missions and in some instances jeopardized the success of these missions,” air force commander Colonel-General Alexander Zelin explained. Novosti reports:

Russia to conduct military exercises in Indian Ocean this fall
18:52 05/08/2008

MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers will join the Russian navy in a series of exercises in the Indian Ocean, the Air Force commander said on Tuesday.

“We are preparing the flights of our strategic aircraft to the Indian ocean to practice interoperability with the Russian navy task force in the region,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said.

A Defense Ministry source later confirmed that a joint exercise involving Russian strategic bombers and combat ships had been scheduled for the fall 2008.

The AF commander said that the Air Force had received orders to increase joint training with the Navy and the number of patrol flights across the world’s oceans to ensure the security of Russian shipping in strategically and economically important zones.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by former president Vladimir Putin.

“Since August 2007, Russian strategic bombers have carried out about 150 patrol flights with tactical interference of foreign aircraft, which accompanied our planes on their missions and in some instances jeopardized the success of these missions,” Zelin said.

The patrols allowed the crews of Russian strategic bombers and aerial tankers to gain experience in mid-air refueling, flights in northern latitudes and the use of forward landing airfields, the general said.

The Russian Air Force is also presently coordinating the operation of the separate missile defense systems of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States. “The practice of military cooperation in missile defense systems illustrated expediency to further develop the United Missile Defense System of CIS members on regional basis,” Colonel-General Zelin announced. He continues: “In general, the established system of control ensures coordination of forces and means that are parts of the United Missile Defense System as well as the interchange of data on air situation, combat alertness and results of combat actions of missile defense forces of member states.” This development should be a big heads up to the Pentagon and “allies” in NATO, but will dot.gov correctly interpret the war signals transmitted to the West during an election year in the USA? State-owned Kommersant Daily reports:

Russia to Set Up Missile Defense Sites in Caucasus, Middle Asia
Aug. 05, 2008

It is necessary to create in the near term united regional systems of missile defense in the Caucasus and Middle Asia, Russia’s Air Force Commander-in-Chief General-Colonel Alexander Zelin announced August 5.

“The practice of military cooperation in missile defense systems illustrated expediency to further develop the United Missile Defense System of CIS members on regional basis,” Zelin specified.

“Active work is underway to create the United Regional Missile Defense System of Belarus and the RF in the East European Region of Collective Security, and it appears expedient to proceed in future to establishing the respective systems in Caucasus and Middle Asia.”

The United Missile Defense System, Zelin reminded, currently consists of the Missile Defense Force of Armenia, Air Force and Missile Defense Force of Belarus, Air Defense Force of Kazakhstan, Air Defense Force of Kyrgyzstan, Air Force of the Russian Federation, Air Force and Missile Defense Force of Tadjikistan, Missile Defense Force and Air Force of Uzbekistan, and Air Force of Ukraine.

“In general, the established system of control ensures coordination of forces and means that are parts of the United Missile Defense System as well as the interchange of data on air situation, combat alertness and results of combat actions of missile defense forces of member states,” Zelin concluded.

While it is very possible that the Fourth World War will be underway at the time, Colonel-General Zelin stated that between 2011 and 2015 the Russian Air Force expects to receive more than 100 new helicopters, including Mi-28N Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, and Mi-8MTB5 Hip multi-purpose helicopters. In addition, Zelin revealed, Russia will upgrade its fleet of Mi-24PN Hind gunships and Mi-26 Halo heavy transport helicopters. “Helicopter regiments equipped with new aircraft must become the backbone of air mobile special purpose reserves and mountain brigades,” the general explained. “The Mi-26 helicopter is the heaviest and most powerful helicopter in the world,” Novosti boasts.

Pictured here: Cuban President Raul Castro speaks at an event marking the 55th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution at the former Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba, on July 26, 2008.

In the wake of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and ex-FSB/KGB chief Nikolai Patrushev’s “business” trip to Havana on July 30 and 31, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his sidekick “President” Dmitry Medvedev are calling for the restoration of “ties” with Cuba, not that those political linkages ever totally evaporated after the phoney fall of Soviet communism in 1991. Clearly, however, the Soviet strategists are confident that the shopping mall regimes of the West are too distracted by the deceptions of the Hollyweird freakshow and news of economic doom and gloom to care about a revitalized Russian presence in the USA’s backyard, Latin America.

The hoary old communist regime in Cuba, oil-rich Venezuela, and cash-strapped neo-Sandinista Nicaragua are high on Moscow’s list for reactivating Cold War-era alliances. “We need to rebuild our positions in Cuba and other countries,” Putin intoned at his weekly Presidium meeting, the independent Moscow Times reports. “Russia and Cuba will put their long record of mutually beneficial across the board cooperation to the service of building a new and just world order,” Medvedev chimed in a greeting to his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro. The Russian head of state, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, called for “close” bilateral relations in the production and processing of oil and natural gas, energy, transportation, information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and joint investment projects.

Roving Soviet propagandist Leonid Ivashov, retired general and president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences and panelist for the Paris-based leftist think tank Axis for Peace, warned on August 4 that Russia might not only renew its military presence in Cuba in the form of strategic bomber bases, but also renew its naval presence in Communist Vietnam. Ivashov was chief of the Department for International Defense Cooperation of the Russian Defense Ministry between 1996 and 2001.

“It is an open secret that the West has been establishing a buffer zone around Russia during the recent years, getting European, Baltic states, Ukraine and the Caucasus involved in the process. The expansion of the Russian military presence abroad, particularly in Cuba, could become a response to US-led activities,” Novosti quoted Ivashov as complaining. “There are convenient bays for reconnaissance and battleships and a network of so-called forward staging posts in Cuba. We can resume the operation of the radar center in Lourdes upon the agreement of the Cuban administration. A shipment of new radar equipment will be necessary for it, though.”

Ivashov emphasized the imperative nature of Russia modernizing its naval support facility in Tartus, Syria, as well as resuming talks with Hanoi in order to redeploy Russia’s battleships to the Cam Ran port, which was closed down in 2002. “Cam Ran,” communist organ Pravda reveals, “used to play the key role in the plans of the Russian Navy, because it was the only base that was capable of providing the presence of Russian vessels in the Indian Ocean and in the Persian Gulf area. The annual rent made up $300 million. The technical support center for the Russian Navy in Syria’s Tartus still operates free of charge.”

Meanwhile, lost in the shuffle of international affairs, state-run Voice of Russia reports that 60 Russian mine clearing specialists have arrived in Serbia, a staunch ally of the neo-Soviet state while maintaining a “pro”-European Union stance, to remove unexploded bombs dropped by NATO aircraft in 1999. The Russians defused an explosive device at an airfield near the city of Nis and will resume their demining project next year in other parts of Serbia. This news item is significant since it suggests that the Soviets may be using “demining” as a cover story to explain away the presence of Russian military personnel in Serbia. Moscow has stood shoulder to shoulder with Belgrade on the issue of Kosovar independence, another potential flashpoint for war with the West, and earlier this year even offered to deploy nuclear weapons to the Balkan country in order to preserve its territorial integrity.

Lastly, Voice of Russia also reports that the Kremlin is rotating the personnel of a Russian helicopter group attached to the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan, where an insurgency is active in the region of Darfur: “The Russian helicopter group was founded in Sudan in April 2006. The rotation of the personnel, which comprises 120 officers, takes place twice a year. Among other things, the group`s task is to transport observers of the UN Mission, to deliver cargoes and carry out rescue operations. The Russian pilots do not take part in the fights and there are no weapons on board of the helicopters.” However, in July the Kremlin media admitted that Darfur rebels shot down a MiG-29 fighter jet in May, killing the Russian pilot. Thus, we see that neo-Soviet Russia endeavors to exert its baleful influence in Africa to this very day.

>Grey Terror File: Islamic terror comes to Canada: Gruesome Greyhound bus killing carried out by Chinese Muslim, CBC retracts information

>– Decapitation on Winnipeg-Bound Coach Perpetrated Three Weeks After Al Qaeda Calls for Jihadists to Murder Canadians

– Ex-Muslim Website: Islamic Practice of Beheading in Accord with Koran

– Police Officer: Alleged Killer Vince Li Ate Victim’s Flesh; China, Perpetrator’s Country of Citizenship, Sanctioned Cannibalism During Cultural Revolution

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the Communist Broadcasting Corporation by freedom-loving Canadians, unwittingly released incriminating information about the perpetrator of a gruesome Greyhound bus killing in Manitoba, Canada on July 30, before deleting the information from its website. The accused killer, 40-year-old Vince Weiguang Li, is accused of repeatedly stabbing his sleeping victim, 22-year-old Tim McLean, with a hunting knife, before decapitating the young man and, according to a police officer who witnessed Li’s activities on board the bus, cannibalizing the corpse’s flesh. Meanwhile, the other passengers fled, the driver disabled the bus, and bystanders barricaded Li in the vehicle until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived. A several-hour stand-off with the perpetrator ensued before he was arrested.

Li is apparently a Chinese Muslim who was motivated to commit the atrocity by the teachings of Islam. The original CBC report, screenshots of which are preserved at various Internet forums discussing this incident, stated: “Posted by: CBC News Aug 1 2008, 10:53 AM: RCMP announced Friday morning that they have charged Vince Weiguang Li, 40, of Edmonton with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear at the Manitoba provincial court in Portage la Prairie. A Chinese Muslim, Li expressed to investigators that his actions were motivated by the Koran.” An excellent analysis of Canadian officialdom’s reportage of the event can be found here.

Li had no previous criminal record and his employer, an independent contractor who distributes newspapers in Edmonton, Alberta, noticed nothing unusual about the perpetrator’s character or lifestyle. In addition to delivering newspapers, Li was formerly custodian at Grant Memorial Church in Winnipeg. The church’s minister Pastor Tom Castor hired Li soon after the man immigrated from China in 2004. Pastor Castor describes Li as a “quiet, hard-working immigrant.”

On the one hand, it is possible that this information is not true and CBC retracted it accordingly. However, there is good reason at this time to believe that Li is a Muslim since the international terrorist group Al Qaeda recently renewed its call for the murder of Westerners, including Canadians. On July 7, the third anniversary of the Al Qaeda-sponsored London bombings, a posting under the nom de guerre Abu Hajar Abdul Aziz al-Moqrin appeared at the password-protected al-Ekhlaas.net forum, calling for the killing of Jews, Christians, Americans, Canadians, and other enemies of Islam. In 2007 Al Qaeda issued a call to its jihadists to attack Canadian oil facilities since America’s northern neighbor is the largest provider of petroleum to the USA.

As the murder of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 and a 2007 plot by Canadian Muslims to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper remind us, Muslims are not averse to decapitating their victims. The ex-Muslims at FaithFreedom.org insist, by appealing to quotations from the Koran, that beheading “infidels” is in accord with mainstream Islamic teaching.

By contrast, Islamic scholars insist that their religion forbids the consumption of human flesh, which apparently occurred in the Greyhound bus killing. That being so, it should be pointed out that cannibalism is not unknown in Communist China, Li’s country of origin. Officially sanctioned cannibalism occurred during the Cultural Revolution and, although such reports are dismissed as “urban legends” by Sinophiles, the eating of dead babies, of which there are many in China due to Beijing’s one-child and forced abortion policies, is also practiced, openly and on the sly.

Expect the politically correct media and government agencies in Canada to spin this story big time in order to hide or downplay Li’s immigrant status and alleged Muslim beliefs. Last night, I was reflecting on this incident and duly noted its terrorist-like qualities, but will anyone else in Ottawa?

>USSR2 File: Cuban Missile Crisis 2: United Russia politician renews talk of bomber deployment in Cuba; Patrushev, Sechin meet Raul Castro in Havana

>Cuba’s Communist President and ex-FSB/KGB Chief Meet, Agree that Russia and Cuba Should “Expand Their Traditional Relationship”

Today, more than a week after the Russian Defense Ministry denied that it was planning to station nuclear-armed bombers in Cuba, Andrei Klimov, deputy head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee and a member of the crypto-Stalinist United Russia party, affirmed that such a plan accorded well with Russia’s national security.

“It’s possible Russia could use this to react to US plans for a missile defence system in Central Europe,” Klimov intoned. “We must defend our national interests – also in the area of security.” The original story about potential Russian bomber deployments in Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria appeared in Izvestia, which is owned by Gazprom Media, a subsidiary of state-owned Gazprom, suggesting that the publication of the story was not accidental but, rather a carefully contrived leak to “stir the pot” in Washington.

Pictured above: Russian Deputy Prime Minister, or Vice Premier, Igor Sechin and “President” Dmitry Medvedev meet at latter’s Gorki resident on July 18. After graduating from Leningrad State University in 1984 Sechin worked as a translator/interpreter at the Soviet embassy in the African communist states of Angola and Mozambique. From 1991 to 1996 Sechin worked in the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Office and since 1994 as Chief of Staff of then First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator. Sechin is chairman of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft, which purchased the assets of bankrupt Yukos in 2007.

The article notes below that accompanying Vice Premier Sechin in the Russian delegation to Havana was current Russian Security Council member and former Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev. Together Sechin and Patrushev swapped notes with Cuban President Raul Castro. According to Comrade Klimov, President Castro and Patrushev concurred that Russia and Cuba should “expand their traditional relationship.” Um, hello, Earth to shopping mall regimes, Earth to shopping mall regimes?!? Got CD?

Russian official renews talk of military presence in Cuba

Aug 2, 2008, 21:10 GMT

Moscow – A week after Russia’s defence ministry denied it planned to send nuclear-armed bombers to Cuba, a high-ranking Russian elected official renewed the idea of military cooperation, according to a report Saturday.

Andrei Klimov, the deputy head of Russia’s International Affairs Committee in the Duma, said Russia intended to become more involved in Cuba. He did not rule out the possibility of a military presence on the Caribbean Island just off the US coast, according to the state news agency RIA Novosti.
‘It’s possible Russia could use this to react to US plans for a missile defence system in Central Europe,’ the member of the United Russia Party said.

But Klimov, who was speaking at the end of a Russian delegation’s visit to Cuba, said that such plans would not involve pointing Russian rockets at the US.

He emphasized that Russia must build a presence in as many regions as possible, in both economic as well as military affairs.

‘We must defend our national interests – also in the area of security,’ he said.

Cuba’s location has geopolitical importance, he noted.

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council and former head of domestic security, met over the past week with Cuban leaders. According to Klimov, Cuban President Raul Castro and Patrushev agreed that Russia and Cuba should ‘expand their traditional relationship.’

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia cut back on its Cold War programme of supporting the communist island economically and militarily.

Russia’s defence ministry last week denied a report in the state newspaper Izvestia that it was considering basing nuclear-armed bombers in Cuba to warn against US plans to base a missile defense shield in Europe.

The United States had refused to comment on the anonymously- sourced report but welcomed Moscow’s denial of the intentions to resume bomber flights to Cuba.

In a related development last week, Alexander Pikayev of the Institute for World Economic Sciences raised the possibility of reactivating a radar facility on Cuba in response to US plans for a missile defence shield based in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Source: Monsters and Critics

Meanwhile, neo-Soviet Russia continues to prepare for the Fourth World War in the latest round of live firing drills in Central Russia, carried out by the Russian Air Force’s fleet of Tu-22M3 Backfires, which are used primarily, as the story below relates, to protect the country’s southern flank. At least 141 Backfires are in service with the Russian Air Force.

Strategic bombers to hold live firing drills in central Russia
18:46 | 01/ 08/ 2008

MOSCOW, August 1 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire strategic bombers will participate in a series of exercises involving live firing drills in central Russia on August 4-8, an Air Force spokesman said on Friday.

The Tu-22M3 Backfire-C is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber that Russia uses mainly to patrol the skies over its southern borders, Central Asia and the Black Sea region.

“During the exercises the crews will practice simulated bomber runs at testing grounds in the Novgorod and the Saratov regions,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

There are at least 141 Tu-22M3 bombers in service with Russian Air Force.

The Tu-22M3 has a flight range of 6,800 km (4,300 miles) and can carry a 24,000 kg (52,910 lb) payload, including nuclear bombs and cruise missiles fitted with nuclear or conventional warheads.

Source: Novosti

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia test-fires SLBM in Barents Sea; generals want to deploy bombers in Belarus; Russians hold key posts in Minsk

>– Russian-Led CSTO Military Force to Protect New Railway Corridor Between Persian Gulf and Europe

– Russian Court Convicts In Absentia Oligarch Leonid Nevzlin of Murder

The world is trembling on the brink of the Fourth World War after many decades of Leninist plotting in Moscow. The Soviet communists carefully laid a trap for the USA and its few remaining allies by feigning their demise on Christmas Day 1991, by inviting the Western Alliance to aborb “post”-communist states into the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, by infiltrating its agents into the highest levels of decision-making authority in the EU and NATO, by “capitalizing” on the West’s dependence on fiat money and cheap oil, food, and consumer trinkets, by promoting a strategic political-military-economic alliance with the Chinese communists, by arming the Islamist radicals in Tehran, Damascus, Beiruit, and Ramallah, and by facilitating the transformation of Latin America’s jungle guerrillas into suit-and-tie-wearing “social democrats.”

Today the Kremlin media reports that the Russian Navy successfully test launched a ballistic missile from the nuclear-powered submarine Ryazan, deployed in a submerged position in the Barents Sea. The missile’s target was located in the Kura test range in the northern Kamchatka Peninsula. “Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky has congratulated the submarine crew on the successfully accomplished mission,” Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo crowed. Dygalo added that the Ryazan was under the command of submarine Capt. 1st Rank Igor Stepanenko.

In a related story, the Kremlin media reports that that the RS-20 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) ICBM will remain in service with the Strategic Missile Forces until 2014-2016. “A spokesman for the forces,” states Novosti, “said the missile remains the most powerful ICBM in the world.” As of 1992 88 S-18 missile launchers were deployed in Russia, most of them at the Dombarovsky missile base in the Orenburg Region, in the southern Urals. The SS-18 can deliver a MIRV-able nuclear warhead 6,800 miles. Flush with oil and natural gas profits, Moscow also plans to allocate 127 billion rubles (US$5.42 billion) to a program dedicated to producing the next generation of nuclear energy technology, a scheme that will no doubt provide covert support for Russia’s plans to wage war against the West.

Following several weeks of controversy surrounding reports in the Kremlin media that Russian military brass were considering the deployment of their strategic bombers to Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria, the independent Belarusian media reports today that “Russian generals want to deploy missiles and bombers in Belarus.” General-Major Viktar Esin, first vice president of a Kremlin think tank, warns that Moscow is discussing the option of transporting Iskander-M missiles from Russia to Belarus to “neutralize” the US National Missile Defense “anti-missile elements” that will shortly be constructed in the Czech Republic. Esin also suggests that the Russian Air Force might forward deploy some bombers to the Machulishchy air base near Minsk for the same purpose. He reminded his interviewer that Topol mobile missiles were deployed in Soviet Belarus during the First Cold War. Belarus, which has stagnated politically and economically under the 14-year dictatorship of “ex”-communist President Alexander Lukashenko, shares a border with Poland, a “post”-communist state that is technically part of the Western Alliance but in reality serves the long-range objectives of the Soviet communists.

In a related story, the same source quoted above reports that Russians and Ukrainians are being promoted to key positions in the Belarusian military and security apparatus, including Major-General Yuri Jabodin, Ukrainian-born head of the Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB); Russian-born Vladimir Naumov, Minister of Internal Affairs; and Russian-born Andrei Utsyuryn, chief of President Lukashenko’s personal security service. These people,” observes Charter 97, “have a common feature of being injured by USSR collapse.” Indeed, this phenomenon is yet more proof that the death of Soviet Union is a sham propagated for the purpose of confusing Western analysts and the shopping mall regimes.

Apparently in anticipation of the next world war and Iran’s pending full membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Moscow is planning to deploy a Russian-led military force to protect a new railway corridor between the Persian Gulf and Europe. In this amazing revelation, state-run Voice of Russia reports: “The post-Soviet Collective Security [Treaty] Organization is putting together a Russian-led joint force to protect rail lines in a planned railed corridor from the Persian Gulf to Europe. The announcement is from the Russian Rail Force. The Collective Security [Treaty] Organization brings this country together with Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Armenia.”

Yesterday we posted on Moscow’s latest move to keep Tajikistan within its orbit through an existing bilateral defense agreement that permits Russia to maintain a military base in the Central Asia republic. Today state-run Itar-Tass reports that a similar process of centralized control is taking place between the “ex”-communist leaders of Russia and Kyrgyzstan: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held a telephone talk with Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Friday. The talk was initiated by the Russian side, the Kremlin’s press service said. The Russian president warmly congratulated Bakiyev on his birthday. The heads of state discussed plans of bilateral contacts, including at the top level, that are planned at many multilateral international functions.” Bilateral relations between the Soviet republics after a staged collapse of communism were predicted by former KGB Major Anatoliy Golitsyn in his two books New Lies for Old (1984) and The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998).

Pictured here: Good comrades: Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev (right) greets Lukashenko at an informal CIS summit at the Konstantin Palace in Strelna, near St. Petersburg, on June 6, 2008.

In yet another move to ensure that its “ex”-satellites remain obedient to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s long-range plan for world communist domination, Moscow plans to establish a new federal agency that will coordinate its relations with the other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Russian nationals residing in the “former” Soviet republics, and international humanitarian cooperation. Valery Mikhaylov, deputy head of the CIS States First Department outlined the proposed body’s mission in the following manner: “The financing of the agency must be stipulated in the state budget separately. As to the amount of the money which will be allocated for its needs, it’s the Finance Ministry that is to address this issue. It’s an attempt to strengthen our policy in the CIS in terms of practical projects we had no opportunity to carry out earlier. We must help the countries of the Commonwealth and address their challenges under the auspices of Russia.”

A “high-ranking” official in the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed: “We’ll reach a new level of relations with the CIS states with the help of the agency. The time of threats has gone for good. Now we have every resource to expand its influence in the Commonwealth using peaceful methods – via support of friendly NGOs, and targeted financing of educational, humanitarian and cultural programs for the Russian-speaking.” State-owned Kommersant Daily reports that Valery Loshchinin, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Duma International Affairs Committee, have been offered the post that will direct the proposed agency.

Neo-Soviet Russia continues to aggressively build up its military and commercial alliances with communist regimes in Latin America, such as Cuba and Venezuela. In the midst of Vice Premier Igor Sechin’s visit to Havana, Russia’s leasing company Ilyushin Finance and Cuban Aviaimport S.A. have finalized an agreement to supply a mid-range Tu-204SE to Cubana de Aviacion in the third quarter of 2008. This is the seventh jet that Ilyushin Finance will deliver to Cuba since 2005. Cubana de Aviacion, Kommersant Daily reports, operates three long-range Il-96-300 passenger jets, two mid-range Tu-204-100 passenger jets, and a Tu-204SE cargo plane. A cener for maintaining Russian-built aircraft has been established in Cuba too. Voice of Russia also reveals that Moscow and Caracas are forming a joint venture in which the regime of Hugo Chavez will purchase two Il-96-300 planes, four or five Tu-204-100CM planes, and as many as 10 regional An-148 planes.

Aeroflot, which was partly privatized following the “collapse” of communism and has now become a profitable enterprise, is also upgrading its venerable fleet of commercial aircraft with the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Tupolev Tu-334. Not surprisingly, Russia’s de facto national airlines retains the hammer and sickle logo of the “old” Soviet Union to this very day, but not out of nostalgia, we are assured by Aeroflot execs.

Finally, official persecution of Russian capitalists continues with the in absentia conviction of former Yukos executive Leonid Nevzlin with life in prison for orchestrating the murders of the mayor of Nefteyugansk, a bodyguard, and a Moscow businesswoman. Nevzlin lives in exile in Israel, where authorities refuse to extradite the oligarch. In another related story, Money Week reports that the legal dispute between British Petroleum and its Russian partners in the joint venture TNK-BP has taken another twist, in which the venture’s chief executive, Robert Dudley, has fled Russia, “citing uncertainty over the status of his work visa and ‘sustained harassment of the company and myself.” The same source continues: “While the government has said it will not intervene, the upshot of this latest ‘bear bites man story’ is that a ‘Kremlin-backed energy giant’ is likely to take control of the venture, says The Wall Street Journal. Prime minister Putin has previously shunted aside other big players, such as Yukos’s Mikhail Khodorkovsky – he was imprisoned and the company broken up – in his quest to ‘Kremlinise’ oil and gas wealth.” In Putin’s Russia, Kremlinization means nationalization, which means communism.