What Does Russia Want?
by carol. Originally posted 2008-08-12 09:17:15 -0500
Even though Dmitry Medvedev is now the President of Russia its clear that Vladimir Putin is the real power in that country given the statements made by the Kremlin since the fighting began 5 days ago.
"They had to hang Saddam Hussein for destroying several Shia villages," he said. "But the current Georgian rulers who in one hour simply wiped 10 Ossetian villages from the face of the earth, the Georgian rulers which used tanks to run over children and the elderly, who threw civilians into cellars and burnt them - they are players that have to be protected."
Russia would continue its military operation until “its logical end”.
The Russian Prime Minister blasted the West for continuing to support President Saakashvili despite Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia, which he said “wiped from the face of the earth ten Osettian villages”.
“The scale of cynicism is surprising and the skill to present white as black and black. The trick to present the aggressor as the victim of an aggression and to place the responsibly for the effects on the victims,” Mr Putin said.
What are Russia's and Vladimir Putin's real intentions?
Is it the restoration of the old Russian empire through economic and political pressure because it wants its status as a Super Power restored?
Does Putin believe that Russia has some how been slighted or diminished since the break-up of the old Soviet Union?
Has the expansion of NATO into the former Warsaw Pact countries caused Russian paranoia or to feel threatened by this expansion?
Given that Putin is the architect of the war in Chechnya why should anyone be surprised that Russia would intervene in South Ossetia given that they had given Russia passports to the citizens of South Ossetia and that Russia has pressuring Georgia to bend to its will.