I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgias territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.
"For many years, I have warned against Russian actions that undermine the sovereignty of its neighbors. Unfortunately, we have seen in recent days Russia demonstrate that these concerns were well-founded.
This afternoon I spoke, for the second time since the crisis began, with Georgian President Saakashvili. It is clear the situation is dire. Russian aggression against Georgia continues, with attacks occurring far beyond the Georgian region of South Ossetia. As casualties continue to mount, the international community must do all it can to avert further escalations. Tensions and hostilities between Georgians and Ossetians are in no way justification for Russian troops crossing an internationally recognized border. I again call on the Government of Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from the territory of Georgia."
Georgia and Russia have a border dispute. Russia has 140 million people and thousands of nuclear weapons. Georgia has six million. Georgia was part of the Russian Empire/USSR for almost 200 years. The Russians gave Georgia Independence 18 years ago. This is Russia's backyard and their business. We have no dog in this fight and we should be working with the UN, NATO, and the parties involved to bring peaceful solution to the situation. McCain's imperialist and belligerent response bods ill for this country if he is elected. He is frankly, a scary man, a JFK/Wilson crusader who wants us to "bear any burden, pay any price". As someone said, McCain platform seems to be :
- The illegals are never going home;
- The jobs are never coming back;
- and more wars.
Added: McCain's top Foreign Policy adviser Randy Scheunemann, is also a paid lobbyist for Georgia. Interesting.