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With the corporate media and both of the leading presidential contenders accepting the premise that "Russian aggression" is the problem to be addressed in, and the central cause of, the conflict between Russia and Georgia, it is vitally important for the peace movement to get a more balanced view of the conflict. Here are some resources that will help provide that balance and remind us to look at the corporate powers behind our own government (or, if you will, "follow the money") as we try to determine what is really going on.
Russia-Georgia Conflict Fueled by Rush to Control Caspian Energy Resources
(Michael Klare on Democracy Now)
The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power
(Article by George Friedman that examines the conflict in broader geopolitical terms)
The End of the Post-Cold War Era
(By M K Bhadrakumar, Asia Times)
Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?
(Article by Robert Scheer and Washington Post article)
Did Karl Rove Chat to Saakashvili about South Ossetia Too?
Human Rights Watch monitors human rights abuses by both Russia and Georgia in the conflict:
US MILITARY TRAINED GEORGIAN COMMANDOS
By Charles Clover in Moscow and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington Published by The Financial Times. Copyright The Financial Times Ltd 2008 September 5 2008
The US military provided combat training to 80 Georgian special forces commandos only months prior to Georgia's army assault in South Ossetia in August. The revelation, based on recruitment documents and interviews with US military trainers obtained by the Financial Times, could add fuel to accusations by Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister, last month that the US had "orchestrated" the war in the Georgian enclave.
This article can be found at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bdffd9a6-7b71-11dd-b839-000077b07658,_i_email=y.html
Finally, the Wikipedia article on the Georgian-Ossetian conflict does provide a number of additional sources and historical background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgian-Ossetian_conflict
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