Video: Massive Freedom rally in Tblisi citing European and American support; McCain says "Today, we are all Georgians"

by Infidelesto on August 12, 2008 · 7 comments

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Talk about standing up for your buddies. This is why non-interventionism is such a crock.  Would you honestly sit back and watch as your friends get destroyed by evil totalitarian aggression?  We may not be able to militarily intervene right now in Georgia, but we certainly can intervene politically and diplomatically in this conflict.

Georgia may be a small blip on the map somewhere off where most Americans have never heard of it, but just like Israel, it’s a beacon of freedom and a civilized democratic republic recognized by NATO (not a NATO member yet but still) and a very strong ally to the United States.  Not many countries can say they’ve supported the war in Iraq enough to send their own troops in to help with the coalition forces and Georgia did just that in sending 2000 troops a few years ago into battle.

100,000 Georgians turned out for the massive freedom rally.

AFP – In a show of defiance to the Russian attacks, 100,000 people packed the main Rustaveli avenue of Tbilisi, where a sea of red-and-white Georgian flags waved above the crowds.

President Mikheil Saakashvili told a rally that Georgia would quit the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a grouping of former Soviet states, and urged Ukraine to follow suit.

Georgia has received strong support from other former communist states with the leaders of Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states travelling to Tbilisi where they addressed a mass rally.

“You have the right to freedom and independence. We are here to demonstrate our solidarity … freedom is worth fighting for,” shouted Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko in live pictures carried by Georgian television.

This is so awesome to watch…notice the large American flag being flown inside that huge crown of over 100,000 people.  After seeing the American flag burned, stomped on, spit on and ridiculed on video by crazy Islamists and anti-American leftists, it was absolutely amazing to see another country, in Europe for that matter, at a massive rally waving the American flag and thanking America for it’s support.

Watch the short speech given by Georgian President Saakashvili and watch how he singles out John McCain in his support for Georgia through this crisis:

from NRO

Also an interesting detail on CNN a moment ago: At a rally in Tbilisi today, Georgians “roared” when their president, Mikhil Saakashvili, repeated John McCain’s statement, “We are all Georgians today.”

Also Saakashvili was joined by the leaders of Estonia, Poland, Ukraine and Latvia during the rally…wow!

Georgia rallies in protest of Russia

European presidents back Georgia at Tbilisi rally

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – The leaders of five former Soviet bloc states have spoken out against Russian domination at a rally in Georgia’s capital. Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski has told the gathered Georgians, “Our neighbor thinks it can fight us. We are telling it no.” He was referring to Russia, which has sent tanks and jets to repel a Georgian advance on a separatist region. Kaczyinski says Russia wants a return to old times. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko told the huge crowd “freedom is worth fighting for.” The leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were also at Tuesday night’s rally. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in Tbilisi for talks with Georgia’s president, but did not take part in the rally.

and Hotair on John McCain’s reaction to the conflict in comparison to Barry Hussein’s:

Having outflanked Obama on the conflict, he’s reaching for a Reaganesque moment here; considering how few downsides there are in this case to taking a hawkish stance, I’m surprised Barry O didn’t seize the moment from the beginning to talk tough and earn a few C-in-C points with centrists. Too late now.

Here was John McCain earlier when he proclaimed support for Georgia saying “Today, We are all Georgians

This is an amazing turn of events folks, I don’t know if you all realize how significant the events of the last week really are and what kind of influence this is going to have over all future relations with Russia in the coming years.

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  • Philip Saenz

    I have to vote for John McCain in November. Barack Hussein Obama is a light weight, an empty suit, in comparison.  Besides sounding like an idiot,  B.Hussein Obama sounds like a lost little boy when he opens his mouth.

  • Sistainfidel

    But this is so much more complex than just “help your friends or you suck”.  Georgia poked a bear with a stick until it roared back and now wants us to rescue them.

  • Infidelesto

    @Sistainfidel: you’re right it is more complex, but all signs from news organizations around the world point to this attack being pre-meditated. Russia was looking for a reason to go into Georgia. They’re forces were already built up on the border weeks before this happened.

    I would argue that this is a lot more complex than “poking a bear with a stick and then begging to be rescued after attacked” as you put it. There are serious geopolitical messages that Russia is sending to the Easter Europe as well as the rest of the world when they respond with such overwhelming force, not just defending South Ossetia but moving all the way into Georgia, talking of “regime change”. They had huge forces built up on the border and why would they? if not in anticipation of going in at some point?

    Think about what would have happened in WW2 if someone had the guts to stand up to Hitler after he invaded Czechoslovakia. How many lives could have been saved if someone would have stood up to him then?

    Ukraine, Latvia, Romania, Estonia are all threatened by Russia now. They have shown that they have no problem invading whoever they want, wherever and however without restraint. This is Russia sending a clear message to the former soviet countries that they have no problem invading a sovereign democratic country recognized by Western powers.

    I don’t understand how people can sit back and watch close allies around the world get attacked and then say “they deserved it”…History has shown us that you don’t stand back and watch totalitarianism run wild without consequence.

  • Sistainfidel

    @Infidelesto I’m definitely no fan of Russia, however to be devil’s advocate here…you bring up the valid point that Russia was building up their forces on the border, but what about U.S. and NATO troops in Georgia training and building up the military, even performing military exercises in the weeks leading up to the current conflict?  I am sure that could be viewed as “premeditated” military build up under your definition.  The fact that money and oil is involved, on both sides, makes me not trust much of the mainstream press (i.e., only the info the leaders of both sides want us to know) coming out of that region right now.  Follow the money. 

    Also, I still can’t understand Georgia bombing their own country (S. Ossetia) that is/was inhabited essentially by Russians.  Ethnic cleansing?  Random provocation of Russia?  If they knew Russia was building up forces why make the first move?  I agree with you on a lot of points, but there are no clean hands here.

    Do we blindly support allies even when they do things we wouldn’t support otherwise?

  • Infidelesto

    I agree there are no clean hands and plenty of grey areas in war, and no doubt Georgia’s response to South Ossetian rebels firing upon Georgian troops was an over reaction.

    About US and Georgia engaging in military exercises? Why would that be surprising? We help train, assist and supply their military infrastructure and ability, plus they have (had) troops in Iraq so it’s not surprising to see our military engaging with Georgia’s.  We’re very close allies so it would make sense. 

    Sure follow the money, but we have observers, both from the EU and from the US and things are telling a different story.  It’s one thing to condemn Georgia for it’s bombardment of South Ossetia, but it’s another to condone a complete regime change which includes full scale invasion, which is what Russia is doing.  (I just heard on the news that the cease-fire is no more and Russian troops are 12 miles outside the capital, video of journalists fleeing after getting the word.)

    The reason it’s important to take sides with Georgia is because they are a free democratic republic, a staunch different to the old ways of the USSR.  Russia is still totalitarian in nature and nobody disputes that.  With Georgia’s commitment to fighting terrorism alongside the US in IRaq and Afghanistan, they have proven they are serious with siding with the good guys.  We should do everything we can (and I emphasize WE CAN) to support them both diplomatically and militarily. We’re obviously stretched thin, but this conflict in Georgia needs to be addressed by a unified coalition of Nations, The US alone cannot do it all.

  • Infidelesto

    back to the money, is it conceivable to think that Russia was threatened by the one and only oil pipeline from the Caspian to the mediteranean (Europe)? And therefore looking and waiting for a reason to take it out knowing thatthe situation in S. Ossetia was fragile?  Could it really just be about eliminating Georgia’s economic threat to Russia’s Oil industry? Maybe they were looking for a reason to shut down that pipeline so they would be the one remaining oil link between the middle east and Europe. Maybe they were looking for a reason to keep the price of oil high.  I don’t know…just speculating.

  • Infidelesto

    One more thing to clarify, I do not think at this point there is a military solution on the part of the US that would make this situation any better.  But there needs to be a full scale diplomatic response from the EU , the UN and NATO especially along with the support of the US.

    I’m all for the military aid that was deployed today and hopefully other countries will follow with humanitarian aid.