From Trend News in Azerbaijan:
Tbilisi, March 31 / N. Kirtskhalia/
Georgia is prepared to send a military contingent to Afghanistan, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said at a press conference with U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman General James Cartwright.
“I have told this to General Cartwright and the U.S. administration earlier,” he said, adding that Georgia is ready to contribute to the war on terrorism.
Duh … the new Obama administration in the USA is just dumping the phrase “war on terrorism” (whether they will dump the practice is another issue). Maybe Saakashvili thinks that George W. Bush is still in the White House.
Georgia has deployed a peacekeeping force in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
Strange types of “peace” indeed which Saakashvili helped George W. Bush to keep. In Kosovo, most Serbs, Roma, Egyptians, etc., and all Croats and Jews, have been ethnically cleansed under the aegis of NATO. The remaining people mainly live in dire poverty. Unless you are
an Albanian Kosovar a rich Albanian Kosovar a rich Albanian Kosovar with a good relationship with armed nationalist paramilitaries. “National independence” is marred by foreign soldiers and military bases; and by the fact that most countries in the world do not recognize it, only a minority of close United States allies do. Meanwhile, people still die from NATO’s depleted uranium.
Nearly 2,000 soldiers were withdrawn from Iraq during the August conflict.
Georgia has said it is ready to send 300 soldiers to Afghanistan.
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How will United States generals in Afghanistan like it, if Saakashvili maybe will withdraw his cannon fodder from Afghanistan as he did from Iraq; as he will prefer to use it in war in South Ossetia or Abkhazia again, with the same disastrous consequences for civilians as in 2008? If Saakashvili will have a fit of playing at being Napoleon Bonaparte in the Caucasus again, maybe to distract by external war attention from the Georgian internal opposition to his autocratic rule?
The Georgian army is a conscript army. So, people justifying using soldiers’ lives as cannon fodder cannot use the bromide “Well, after all they are professional soldiers etc.” here.