How is that entirely our fault ? if he didn't flee and was still in Georgia, he'd be prosecuted like the rest. We don't simply kill someone like him to prevent him from escaping.
Take active steps to bring him to justice. Have a trial... if he does not want to return and defend himself try him anyway. Freeze his assets.
ie take reasonable steps to make it clear what you think of his actions... otherwise it makes you look like you condone his actions and only pretend to be upset for image sake.
we have plenty of trials waiting for him. Including political murder, assasination, provoking and staging false operations, warmongering, torture, opression, destroying independent media and businesses. Selling lands without consolidating anyone. Allmost completly wiping out Georgia's agricultural capabilities.
Try him in absentia... if he chooses not to defend himself and hide somewhere chewing ties... then you as a taxpayer will not have to foot the bill for a long trial and South Ossetia know there is no chance he will come back and do it again and future Georgian presidents will not try the same thing so easily.
For EU it is enough of us to just mention his name and they allready drop a shitstorm of criticism on our goverment.
You know you are doing right by your people if the EU or the US criticises you.
.... Poor Russians, evil Georgians.
No. Poor cornered Russians given very little choice in the matter. Evil Suck Arse Milli Vanilli for dragging Georgia into a war it could never win, whose objectives could never be met even if it succeeded... what sort of South Ossetia do you think it would be occupied by Georgian forces... do you think displaced Georgian families could return and be welcomed with open arms?
3. I do not approve any kind of foreign intervention into my country. Period.
Most of the artillery fire was launched from Georgian territory... do you think the Russians are idiots?
Russia does not approve of its international peacekeepers on the ground by signed agreement with Georgia being slaughtered via artillery... the difference is that they had the military might to ensure their will be done. The best chance for you to get your wish of no Russian intervention was to not attack South Ossetia in the first place.
.... and I said or implied such a thing where .... ?
So now you are saying the South Ossetian forces had every right to engage invading Georgian forces.
Tskhinvali was being evacuated days before the war and that pretty much attracted Saakashvili to use momentum.
I have never read any evidence of that. If they didn't expect the attack why would they be evacuating?
You have three things that factualy happened. Georgian assault on Tskhinvali which was beaten back, which was partialy very inappropriate and undisciplined and caused a lot of damage.
Then you have Russian counterattack on Georgian held positions in villages etc which inlcuded air sorites not only there but all of Georgia to take out military capabilities and you have Ossetian soldiers / volunteers looting campaigns to sack or destroy Georgian villages along the way almost up to Gori. As sort of revenge to what happened to them.
The result of all that is plenty of civilian casualties on both sides. People are still missing and entire villages ceased to exist. Mostly on Georgian side. Will you denie that too .... ?
Well at least the claim that Russian forces were invading South Ossetia and Georgian forces went in to try to stop them is off the list... that is what Saakashvili was claiming to justify his treacherous attack on people he called his brothers.
When you set a fire in your brothers bedroom you can't claim innocence when your house burns down. The fact that your things got burned too...
But they are your brothers, you have treated them so well before and since... why would they attack Georgian villages except if maybe they don't feel you have been treating them like brothers over the last few years...
Or it could be a group of idiots like in the Ukraine who have taken things into hand for their own agenda.
When you start a war you have to take responsibility for the actions of idiots as well...
It's not because they are awesome. It's because the 5th brigade left all it's positions there without a fight amidst the one sided ceasefire agreement. There were enough entrenchament and strategicaly advantigous hidden emplacements, minefields, traps, hidden weapon caches etc that the Abkhaz army would have never penetrated those defenses on their own.
The botched attack on South Ossetia was an opportunity to take advantage of Georgia while its attention was elsewhere. Very much common sense though of the two sides the Abkhazian forces seem to be the better equipped and more capable.
Sure. You expect only things to be done from our side. How about offering us also what we want. Maybe get yourself into our positions as well for a moment .... ?
There was no point talking to Georgia when Saakshvili was in charge. Now at least they are listening. If you killed US peacekeepers do you think they would be listening even now? Ask Cuba if the US can hold a grudge and for how long.
Russia will be interested in good relations with Georgia, but they have plenty of time... Georgia isn't going anywhere... if they can't deal with you now then 20 or 30 years time is OK too.
To be honest I think it is more in Georgias interests for good relations with Russia, because South Ossetia is not going to come around any time soon if at all if she can rely on Russian support... if Russia starts pushing her back to the table with Georgia... well that would be your best chance... but as I say you are going to have to drop the "We both were in the wrong" line even if it is not totally untrue. Try to blame the car you ran into on the wrong side of the road... obviously if they hadn't been there there wouldn't have been an accident but at the end of the day in every sense of the words Georgia crossed the line and I thought despite all the crap on TV about Russia violating soverign territory and being too aggressove, that in reality they were very restrained and controlled... like I have mentioned... if Milosovich had shelled NATO peacekeepers there would have been regime change... and in the case of Kosovo Serbia had a UNSC resolution declaring Kosovo as being part of Serbia... Georgia has the word of a deceased dictator... ironcially reviled by NATO and the EU and the US who so virulantly support Georgia in its violent criminal attempts to reclaim South Ossetia.