There’s a crisis in Georgia and the United States and the western world must respond quickly and decisively to stop Russia and bring sanity back to the region immediately. The key here is not just to help defenseless and innocent people, but to bring peace back to a region where peace is quite achievable. In today’s volatile world, nobody can afford another war – big or small – and when international victories are out there to be had, we must grab them with all our might.
Georgia is a transcontinental country (it spans more than one continent) in Europe and Asia. It covers nearly 70,000 square kilometers, compared to its northern neighbor Russia, which spans over 17 million square kilometers. In terms of population, Georgia boasts a population of 4.6 million people, whereas Russia hosts 142 million people. My point? We have a true modern day David and Goliath going on over there.
So what do we do about it? Obviously our money and manpower is tied up in Iraq, and our brainpower is being used on Afghanistan, Iran, and other rogue countries. Thus, fighting another battle somewhere else is all but impossible. And even if we could join the battle militarily, our government wouldn’t want to, considering the current strain on our troops and general aversion of the idea by American citizens. But we have to do something to protect the Georgian citizens, hundreds of which have been killed or wounded, and thousands of which have been displaced.
“The United States stands with the democratically elected government of Georgia and insists that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected," President Bush said during remarks in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday. “To demonstrate our solidarity with the Georgian people," the president announced that he was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Paris to assist the West’s diplomatic efforts on the crisis, and then to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.
Bush also announced that a massive humanitarian effort was already in progress, and would involve American aircraft and naval forces. A military cargo plane loaded with supplies is already on the way, and Bush said that Russia must ensure that “all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, roads and airports,” remain open to let deliveries and civilians.