Excuse me Ms. Rice?

  gardener 00:44 14 Aug 2008

"This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia where Russia can threaten a neighbour, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed."

  Quickbeam 07:55 14 Aug 2008

and things don't appear to have changed much... I still don't trust Russia much.

  laurie53 08:10 14 Aug 2008

This is the 21st century and the invasion of Iraq, where the US can threaten a country half way round the world, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and not only get away with it but persuade others to join them.

Yes, things have changed.

  Quickbeam 08:17 14 Aug 2008

was given numerous warnings and told what would happen by the UN... Russia just mobilised on a whim after some serious vodka diplomacy.

  Seth Haniel 10:10 14 Aug 2008

Depends how long you leave 'genocide' before you act !!!

Had to laugh at an email Fw from a friend (???!!) urging me to sign a petition to get Russia to get out of Georgia - or What???


  GRIDD 10:50 14 Aug 2008

Their Government email boxes will be flooded with spam.

  laurie53 21:38 14 Aug 2008

"At least Iraq was given numerous warnings and told what would happen by the UN"

Wrong century. That was the first Gulf War in the 1990s.

In this one the US and the UK acted unilaterally.

  DieSse 00:39 15 Aug 2008

"In this one the US and the UK acted unilaterally."

Er - only one country can act unilaterally - with two it's bilaterally, and with several it's multilaterally.

  ened 06:26 15 Aug 2008

Why has Condi flown to Georgia?

Couldn't, by any chance, have anything to do with that pipe-line could it?

  Quickbeam 08:06 15 Aug 2008

"no they didnt." OK, I wrongly gave them the presumption of being serious...

  laurie53 08:09 15 Aug 2008

"only one country can act unilaterally"

Er - only one side can act unilaterally. Several countries, or any group or coalition, can act unilaterally, in unison, ignoring negotiations or agreements with another such group or coalition, e.g. unilateral NATO disarmament.

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