By Ronald Asmus
The short warfare among Russia and Georgia in August 2008 appeared to many like an unforeseen shot instantly that used to be long gone as fast because it got here. Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of nation Ronald Asmus contends that it used to be a clash that was once ready and deliberate for a while by means of Moscow, a part of a broader technique to ship a message to the United States: that Russia goes to flex its muscle in the twenty-first century. a bit battle that Shook the realm is an engaging examine the breakdown of family among Russia and the West, the decay and decline of the Western Alliance itself, and the destiny of jap Europe in a time of economic crisis.
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Was this just another attempt to pressure Saakashvili or was Russia actually preparing to invade Georgia? When Saakashvili tried to place a call to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to discuss what was happening, he was turned down. As the signs of Russian forces moving into South Ossetia multiplied, the Georgian president faced a choice fraught with peril—either to let it happen or to try to fight back. His Western allies had repeatedly urged him not to get into a fight with Russia—no matter what.
They were not “to conquer” South Ossetia. Georgian forces were ordered to fight a limited engagement around Tskhinvali to protect threatened Georgian villages and to try to intercept Russian forces entering form the north. Had their goal been the former, they would have needed a different operational plan than the one they employed. The Georgian strategy— and critics might say the illusion—was to defend their citizens and to hope that this show of force and the willingness to fight back might deter further escalation.
They, too, had become an extension of Russia’s own imperialist policy as opposed to the objectives of the international community they were supposed to serve. The division between friend, foe, and neutral peacekeeper had become blurred on the ground during peacetime—and thus quickly became blurred in battle as well. Tbilisi was aware of the risks of killing Russian peacekeepers—and took precautions to avoid such casualties. Prior to launching the assault on the evening of August 7, Kurashvili phoned Kulakhmetov to tell him that Russian peacekeeping positions would not be attacked so long as they stayed neutral.
A Little War that Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West by Ronald Asmus