Voice of Russia
October 2, 2012 Saakashvili: the loss of a geopolitical chess "Queen"
John Robles ==== It is no secret that Saakashvili is the "West's man in the Caucasus" the darling of Hillary Clinton and Obama's US State Department, NATO headquarters and the Pentagon and the intelligence services of the UK and the US. He is yet another despotic dictator that has murdered, oppressed, strangled, tortured and subjugated his people with the support of the West in exchange for advancing their geopolitical agenda in yet another region far removed from their own borders yet where they want control. As there is no statute of limitations on war crimes, Saakashvili has a lot to worry about and had better stock up on ties. Saakashvili was one of the crowning jewels in NATO's and the West's consolidation of power and control after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. ==== The loss by Mikheil Saakashvili's party in parliamentary elections in Georgia may spell the end for his regime and a return to democracy in Georgia. It may also spell the warming of relations, soured by Saakashvili, between Russia and Georgia. For the West the elections may be the first step towards his removal from power, the loss of a queen, in their game of geopolitical chess. Suffering an unexpected blow at the polls in the parliamentary elections, tie-eating Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in the middle of the night conceded defeat, opening the trap-door beneath his own feet and paving the way for real change and real democracy in Georgia, but pundits and experts are already saying that he will undoubtedly find a reason to dissolve parliament and call for new elections. The blow to the plutocratic despot is one that the West cannot allow to stand as they have too much to lose and have invested far too much to quietly just go away, lose their influence and simply mothball all of their plans for the integration of Georgia into the Western sphere. It is no secret that Saakashvili is the "West's man in the Caucasus" the darling of Hillary Clinton and Obama's US State Department, NATO headquarters and the Pentagon and the intelligence services of the UK and the US. He is yet another despotic dictator that has murdered, oppressed, strangled, tortured and subjugated his people with the support of the West in exchange for advancing their geopolitical agenda in yet another region far removed from their own borders yet where they want control. The VOR's Dmitry Babich has already gone into the hypocrisy of the West with regard to Saakashvili, so I won't go into that right now. Suffice it to say that the hypocrisy when it comes to Saakashvili is total and all-encompassing and characterizes total anti-Russian hysteria by the West, something they need to propagate to continue to have support for their intrusions on the sovereignty of the countries in the region and to justify their aggressive military build-up and the expansion of NATO into the Caucasus. What the complete loss of power of the Saakashvili regime will mean for the West and for Saakashvili himself is hard to predict exactly: the opposition has shown leniency toward him, so it is possible he may remain in some sort of position of power for the mid-term. However, what few have focused on is that his loss may open the door to prosecution and punishment for the crimes he has committed against his own people and against innocent civilians. These crimes include the recent revelations that his "security" apparatus was responsible for torturing and illegally detaining people opposed to his regime and a plethora of charges that could be brought in relation to how his regime has stifled dissent and cracked down on anyone opposed to his regime. But that would only be the start: there are those who have accused Saakashvili of crimes that could be tantamount to treason for selling out his country to the interests of the West. Although prosecution for such a crime is unlikely, that would be one possibility which would end in his execution. The biggest worry for Saakashvili and his Western paymasters right now should be whether Saakashvili will end up having to face the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. According to an article regarding a European Union-Commissioned Report on the invasion of South Ossetia in 2008 by Russia Today, back in October of 2009, citing Interfax, Nestan Kirtadze, international secretary of Georgia's Labor Party concluded that: "The commission accused Saakashvili of war crimes. Namely, of unleashing active hostilities, of a massive, wide-scale military operation in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinval and the use of prohibited types of weapons, of shelling and destroying non-military facilities, and of attacking military personnel from the peacekeeping mission that was mandated by the United Nations." As there is no statute of limitations on war crimes, Saakashvili has a lot to worry about and had better stock up on ties. The winners of the parliamentary elections have said that they will normalize relations with Russia, with the West screaming indignantly about "Russian influence" as they once again conveniently ignore their own attempts at influencing the country. As we might recall, Georgia shares almost half of her borders with Russia and has classically fallen into Russia's sphere of influence. We should also remember that until Saakashvili came to power Russia and Georgia shared a rich and proud history and very close ties and good relations in trade, economic and other areas of cooperation, education and more. This was beneficial for the peoples of both countries. Saakashvili was one of the crowning jewels in NATO's and the West's consolidation of power and control after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Who would have ever thought that the country that gave the world the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics' Joseph Stalin would become a pawn of Western expansionism? The fall of Saakashvili would mean many things for many people. For one, tens of thousands of refugees from Georgia that have fled to Europe and other countries could finally return home. It would also mean the utter failure of Hillary Clinton and the West's plans at geopolitical domination in Russia's backyard, a nice retirement present and the crowning failure of her diplomatic career. Regardless of all my musings it is too early to count our chickens. Saakashvili is still in power and will do everything possible, including killing his own people, to stay in power. We will probably see attempts to dissolve parliament, call for a recount of the vote, which he will win, and a massive crack-down on the Georgian opposition. Saakashvili has too much to lose to quietly acquiesce, and has shown he has no qualms about taking his country down into the abyss with him.
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