Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Count Vlad's Rampage and 'Operation Vittles II'

Wow! Get behind in blogging for a few days and a new world crisis breaks out. The situation in Georgia is very serious and many people are suffering. While there is ambiguity on how this conflict started, it is clear that the Russian invasion has gone far beyond any possible justification regarding one breakaway province. The strong response of the US and some other nations is critical.

While direct US military intervention would be highly dangerous and probably not very practical, President Bush seems to have found a smart way to project a US presence in the region via a military airlift of humanitarian aid to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Interestingly, this move recalls, on a smaller scale, President Truman's initiating the massive Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles) of sixty years ago to thwart the Soviet blockade of that city. Like that operation, this one puts the Russians on the spot, for they would have to be the ones to initiate conflict in order to stop the airlift or attempt to occupy the Georgian capital. Let's pray this situation ends peacefully without awarding aggression that puts the world at future risk of war.

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