Stormclouds over Georgia
No sooner had we republished last week a report by the brilliant defense analyst Pavel Felgenhauer warning that dark clouds of Russian war were hovering over Georgia than the Georgian government arrested a group of so-called “opposition” political actors and charged them with attempting, on video, to purchase a huge cache of automatic weapons.
That’s “opposition,” all right — Russian-style opposition!
We dare to wonder how the people of Russia would react if Gary Kasparov and a group of followers were apprehended buying combat weapons and speaking about how to stir unrest and unseat the Putin regime. Would they accuse Putin of destroying democracy by arresting them, as Russian nationalists are now doing in regard to Georgia? Would they give any credence to accusations that Putin’s minions had planted the weapons to frame the would-be terrorists, as the Russian nationalistss are now claiming in regard to Georgia?
We don’t think that’s conceivable.
Radio Free Europe reports that Russia is already engaged in an aggressive effort to impose the Russian language on Abkhazia, and based on Felgenhauer’s reports it’s clear Russia has no plans to limit its annexation to Abkhazia and Ossetia. It wants to have Georgians in Tbilisi speaking Russian too, and the sooner the better.
Given all this horror, it’s not difficult to see the efforts of Senators Hart and Hagel described in our lead editorial as part and parcel of an ongoing battle plan developed by the Kremlin to recreate the Soviet empire, with helpful American stooges playing their role.
Perhaps it’s time to get serious, Mr. Obama?