I wrote a few days ago about what I thought was the real reason for the Russian invasion of Georgia. Basically, it boiled down to an illustration of the biblical principle, “for the love of money is the root of all evil.”
I have since learned that when the pipeline that runs through southern Georgia was being planned, the Russians lobbied hard to have the pipeline take a more northerly route (through Russia). Instead, it was decided to send it through the southerly route, thus Russia lost the significant money and leverage it otherwise would have had. It all keeps coming back to money, not principle, as the cause of the invasion.
Georgia has also had a propering economy — the best of all of the former Soviet occupied regions by some estimates — because of significant free market reforms spearheaded by the President of Georgia. This is part of the motivation for Russia’s draconic scorched-earth military retreat. Before withdrawing, the Russians are blowing up train bridges, destroying communications facilities, and wiping out all the infrastructure they can tape a bomb to. Security cameras even caught Russian soldiers robbing a Georgian bank.
If the Russians thought that this invasion would intimidate other former Soviet territories and bring them more inline with Moscow, then it has severely backfired on them. Asian and Eastern European nations formerly a part of the Soviet empire have nearly universally — and boldly — stood up and spoke defiantly against Moscow. Poland has agreed to let the U.S. base part of it’s anti-missile system there. Ukraine has announced that it will not renew Russia’s lease on the naval base where Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based when it expires in 2017, and said that it will expell any ships used in the aggression against Georgia. To top it off, Ukraine also offered a Soviet-built satellite monitoring facility to the U.S.
To be honest, there is probably a whole lot more behind these events that we know — and more than we will ever know. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes with the powers that control and manipulate world events (and I’m not talking about nations or politcial movements) which will never come to light until Judgment Day.