Is it just me, or have other people noticed the deafening silence from the peace groups over Russia's brutal invasion of Georgia?
The conflict started nearly a week ago when Georgia dispatched troops to try and retake the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The result was a devastating counterattack from Russia, not South Ossetia. Georgia, crippled by the Russian assault, called for a cease fire which Russia agreed to then promptly violated today. There is speculation that the real reason for the Russian offensive is not to help the South Ossetians but to topple Georgia's pro-American government. And where are the peace activists?
Some might say that Georgia provoked Russia's invasion by trying to retake South Ossetia. I don't buy that. Georgia sent it's military ONLY into land it considers its own, however much the Ossetians might dispute that claim. The Georgians NEVER entered Russia. Therefore the Russians had no right to invade Georgia proper in order to aid South Ossetia. All they had to do was drive the Georgians out of the province; they had no just cause to set one toe in Georgia itself. And then the Russians brazenly violated the cease fire by encroaching on the Georgian city of Gori. Again I ask, where are the peace activists?
Where are those people who vehemently opposed the Iraq War before even one US soldier had entered that country? Where are the people who loudly and sanctimoniously proclaimed their revulsion to war? Where are the people who raucously displayed their virulent hatred of George W. Bush? Why aren't they now marching in the streets against Russia and Putin?
By invading Georgia Russia has committed a brazen act of imperialism. It's trying to redominate the countries it lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union. For years Russia has been outraged by Georgia's closeness to the West, especially America, and it's efforts to join NATO. The current fighting is Russia's attempt to punish Georgia for the crime of building democracy and acting like the sovereign nation that it is.
So, Russia invades an independent country in order to destroy its democracy and sovereignty and the peace activists say nothing. America invades an independent country in order to topple a murderous tyrant and the peaceniks have a tantrum. There's something wrong with that.
As I said above, there is speculation that Russia's goal is to overthrow Georgia's pro-American president--and send a warning to the US. I suspect that objective is one reason why the notoriously anti-American peaceniks aren't objecting to Russia's aggression. Any violence is ok with them if it's targeted, however indirectly, against America. Another possible reason for the silence is Russia's control over Europe's energy supply. Western Europe, particularly Germany and Italy, gets much of its gas and oil from Russia. Ticking off the slavic bear might have unpleasant consequences for Europeans this winter. So the shameful silence from the peace lovers is a combination of anti-Americanism and cowardly self-interest.
I'm praying to God that He will deliver tiny Georgia from the Russian giant. I'm not praying for peace. I'm convinced that the so-called struggle for peace is in truth warfare by other means. And since that's the case I pray for deliverance; I pray for victory. Victory for Georgia! And God damn the peace lovers.