By Ronald Asmus
The short warfare among Russia and Georgia in August 2008 looked as if it would many like an unforeseen shot all of a sudden that was once long gone as quick because it got here. Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of country Ronald Asmus contends that it was once a clash that was once ready and deliberate for a while via Moscow, a part of a broader technique to ship a message to the United States: that Russia goes to flex its muscle in the twenty-first century. a bit conflict that Shook the realm is an interesting examine the breakdown of family among Russia and the West, the decay and decline of the Western Alliance itself, and the destiny of japanese Europe in a time of economic crisis.
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It reinforced the Georgian conviction that a larger Russian invasion was already in the works. To this day, controversy swirls around Saakashvili’s decision to fight. While many Western countries subsequently expressed their solidarity with 01 asmus text:Layout 1 9/8/09 11:45 AM Page 37 THE DECISION 37 Georgia, not a single country in the West has defended the Georgian leader’s decision to go to war. ”21 Many see it as proof of the Georgian president’s impulsive or hot-headed nature, and an indication of why the West was right to be careful in embracing him lest he pull them too into a conflict with Moscow.
That is what I try to describe here. Fortune has provided me with a unique perspective on the events that led to this war and that make it a story worth telling. In any case, that is a judgment I leave for you the reader to decide yourself. 01 asmus text:Layout 1 9/8/09 11:45 AM Page 19 CHAPTER 1 THE DECISION G eorgian president Mikheil Saakashvili put down the phone. It was 2335 the night of August 7 in Tbilisi. He had just given the order for his armed forces to attack what his intelligence had reported to be a column of Russian forces moving from the small South Ossetian town of Java just south of the Russian-Georgian border toward the city of Tskhinvali, the capital of the small separatist enclave, as well as Russian forces coming through the Roki Tunnel on the Russian-Georgian border into Georgia.
There was no evidence that Moscow wanted to calm the situation. On the contrary, Saakashvili was cornered by a Russia that seemed intent on escalating the pressure on Tbilisi by creating new facts on the ground. Moscow was delivering a de facto ultimatum. He could either acquiesce to the encroachment of Russian power and abandon and lose the separatist provinces once and for all or he could fight back in a hopeless battle to try to defend Georgian citizens and positions there with the likelihood that he would be crushed—but with some hope that a show of military force might lead the Russians to halt their plans or mobilize the West to intervene diplomatically before Moscow could crush him.
A Little War that Shook the World: Georgia, Russia, and the Future of the West by Ronald Asmus