Johns Hopkins Agrees withLa Russophobe
One of our esteemed commenters points us to the following statement on the Council of Europe report on the Russo-Georgian war of 2008, about which we editorialized last week. It comes from the lofty towers of Johns Hopkins University’s Central Asia Caucasus Institute, one of the world’s leading authorities on Caucasus politics. Here’s what they say about the COE report:
It is . . . apparent that its most scathing criticism is reserved for Russia’s role in the conflict. Significantly, the report found that Russia had long been purposefully engaging in provocations against Georgia and unlawful intervention in its internal affairs, and that none of Moscow’s various justifications for its invasion of Georgia hold water. Moreover, the report goes on to fault Russia’s behavior following the conflict, as it continues to be in material breach of the EU-negotiated cease-fire agreement.
Over and over and over again, the COE report finds Russia guilty of the most blatant and egregious violations of international law in every fundamental aspect of its behavior before, during and after the war. The bitingly acidic language the COE uses to discuss the profligate manner in which Russia has flouted the Council’s authority in the post-war environment makes it abundantly clear that Russia is simply not behaving like the one who is in the right. Instead, it is behaving very much like country with something to hide, a country that is ashamed of its misdeeds.
And that’s because, of course, it’s exactly what Russia is.
In our issue today, we provide yet more proof. Human Rights Watch has published a sensational new report proving without a shadow of doubt how Russia has flagrantly ignored basic precepts of international law in attempting to govern the Caucasus region in general, and especially in dealing with Chechnya. All across the region, over and over and 0ver again, Russia has committed human rights atrocities that have resulted in convictions by the European Court for Human Rights, and Russia has flouted the jurisdiction of that court and totally failed to reform its barbaric policies much less to fairly compensate its victims.
Russia is a nation run amok. It is ruled by the secret police and it is incapable of behaving like a civilized nation. As much as the USSR ever was, Russia is bent on world conquest, extinguishing democracy and terrorizing the planet by any means possible.
Barack Obama is fiddling while the world catches fire.