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Statement from Senator Barack Obama on Russia's escalation of violence against Georgia
Chicago, IL | August 09, 2008

Chicago, IL -- "I just spoke separately with Secretary Rice and President Saakashvili about the grave crisis in Georgia. I told President Saakashvili that I was deeply concerned about the well-being of the people of Georgia.

"Over the last two days, Russia has escalated the crisis in Georgia through it's [sic] clear and continued violation of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. On Friday, August 8, Russian military forces invaded Georgia. I condemn Russia's aggressive actions and reiterate my call for an immediate ceasefire. Russia must stop its bombing campaign, cease flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia. Both sides should allow humanitarian assistance to reach civilians in need. Russia also must end its cyber war against Georgian government websites. Georgia's territorial integrity must be respected.

"As I have said for many months, aggressive diplomatic action must be taken to reach a political resolution to this crisis, and to assure that Georgia's sovereignty is protected. Diplomats at the highest levels from the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations must become directly involved in mediating this military conflict and beginning a process to resolve the political disputes over the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. A genuinely neutral mediator - not the Russian government - must begin a process of negotiations immediately.

"The situation in Georgia also requires the deployment of genuine international peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The current escalation of military conflict resulted in part from the lack of a neutral and effective peacekeeping force operating under an appropriate UN mandate. Russia cannot play a constructive role as peacekeeper. Instead, Russian actions in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia appear to be intended to preserve an unstable status quo."

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:47:59 PM EST
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Obama is now on record as being opposed to unilateral violations of sovereign territory.  That's an improvement!  What he does not do is condemn the meddling by larger states in the internal politics of sovereign nations.  He won't come out against that but we will have to wait and see if his administration chooses to actively engage in such behaviors.   The VP and other cabinet selections will telegraph this soon enough...
by paving on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 04:36:07 PM EST
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As a marketing person, I really admire this speech. Every word is exactly right for speaking to his audience of shilled sheep.

If he had any class, he could give the same speech, only substitute the word Palestine with the word Georgia, Israel when he speaks of Russia. Except at the end, of course, where he claims (without evidence, but doubtless to great cheers) Russia is the bad actor and cannot play a constructive role as peacekeeper...at that point he means the US cannot be play a constructive role in Israel.

I really am inspired by this guy Obama. He's going to really lift the sinking boat called america up to new heights. </snark> Get your bets in. The Repugs will re-surge in his 2nd year, just like after Clinton's.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 03:01:56 AM EST
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