Grumpy Old Anarchist writes:
If there was a Olympic gold for being a dick then Saakashvili, boss of former Georgia, would have walked away with it by a lap and a half.
A week ago Saakasvilli invades Russia with a few of his hundred or so tanks and two dozen jet fighters. Russia’s first strike should have been enough to send him scurrying for a comfy place of exile. Ivan took out the entire national communications structure:- port, principle road and rail junctions and all the airports except the capital.
Even if Saakasvilli had not heard about the Soviet invasion through Prague International Airport in August 1968, he might just have heard of Napoleon or Hitler; but alas no. Faster than the speed of news agencies, an overwhelmingly successful attack had destroyed the fragile State of Georgia.
The Soviet advance out of the “pockets” that our media had delegated to them confirmed that the USSR, Europe’s tourists in tanks, were back. This despite the US happy-ending scenario, in which the Evil Empire lost.
Clearly China, not the USA is Russia’s most pressing threat. If it were otherwise this operation would have been staged during the US elections when America not China was in check.
Events are the raw material of realities. From realities facts are selected. Socialist War is a contest of realities. Once Saakasvilli had fallen into the meticulously prepared Soviet illusion-provocation-trap the war was over.
Defeat in Afghanistan does not seem to have damaged Russian military doctrine in the way Vietnam has deprived the USA of the ability to wage war.
Men of the Match:- The Russian air/ground teams bombing display, up close to, but not quite on the oil-pipe. An idea that did not seem to have occurred to the Georgians.
Paul Robeson sings. Marshal Zukhov rides by on a white charger and Stalin can’t stop talking.