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:
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!
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.