First, the conflict above might not be my business, and it has little, if no effect on my life. However, I am inclined to write about it after one major ‘Superpower’ (the United States of America) posted a comment about how wrong it was to invade a sovereign, democratic country. I guess it is not wrong for USA to invade Iraq, but wrong for Russia to invade Georgia. A case of double standards? No, some may say, since Iraq is not a democratically free country, so the USA has all the rights in the world to invade. Who is then to say a communist, or monarchy is worse off than democracy? Is there then justice when the world’s media seems to potray the Russian-Georgia conflict in favour of Georgia and the USA?
The point here is that Georgia was first to initiate a conflict through the use of force to subdue an already autonomous region of South Ossetia. As this region/province had close ties of Russia, the latter had to act on behalf of the people in that region. It’s just like the Taleban in Afghanistan attacked the US mainland, and they have every right to retaliate back. And when the US attacked Iraq unilaterally (albeit with close allies from the UK), everyone just kept quiet, and there wasn’t even any pressure for them to withdraw their troops, after say nearly 5 years. Compare this to the conflict in Georgia, with Russia withdrawing their troops in 1 week. Who is more responsible to the world stage in this case? +1 to Russia.
This scenario might be comparable to the school playground bully. Whoever is friends with the bully is safe and they have all rights to initiate any kind of bully tactics on the rest of the school population. But if you are not associated with the bully, then don’t ever try to bully anyone. The bully in this case is of course the ‘Great’ United States of America.