Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Georgia: An Analogy

I have an analogy for the USA-Georgia-Russia conflict. It's not exact, but I think it makes a pretty good point. Basically, you just swap Russia for the USA and Mexico for Georgia.

Russia sends anti-terrorist trainers to Mexico to train Mexican soldiers. Numerous Russian special forces begin moving into Mexico. A year later, a coup places a Russian-educated man into the Mexican presidency. New elections are held and the Russian-trained president wins by a landslide. They then agree to do joint military exercises in a Mexican province right outside of California to prepare Mexico to for an 'Immediate Response'. The DAY AFTER the exercise ends, Mexico launches an attack on Americans living in Baja. We respond by sending US troops into Baja to stop the slaughter. Russia then accuses us of invading a small, poor country with very little self-defense. Putin is quoted saying, "This will not stand. America must leave Mexico NOW!"

Where the analogy falls short is primarily that Baja, Mexico has no desire to become a part of the USA, whereas South Ossetia has passed numerous referendums declaring their desire to re-join Russia, as 90% of their population are ethnic Russians.

Still, I think it's interesting to put the shoe on the other foot. Other than 9-11, the continental US hasn't been anywhere close to violence since the Civil War. Thinking of how close South Ossetia is to Russia makes their response seem a little less incomprehensible.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Don said...

Tony, violence isn’t needed between the USA and Mexico. Call me a conspiracy kook if you like, but I believe that the Mexican government and Mexican citizens have a goal if retaking what was once a part of Mexico and is now a part of the USA….. and even more of the USA. That is almost within the realm of possibility in the foreseeable future with so many Hispanics crossing into the USA both legally and illegally and then becoming, either legally or illegally, voters in the USA. For a glimpse at how they are succeeding see “Rampant Voter Fraud by Illegal Aliens Ignored by Government and Media” @ http://www.americandaily.com/article/22869.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Tonewah said...

I think you might've missed the point, Don. Mexico was a completely hypothetical choice for my analogy. It could've been any country bordering the USA. My point was that we would never accept Russia doing military operations on our border, but we expect them to accept us on theirs.

But, I do understand the point you're making, and I am aware of the issue.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Don said...

I understood the point you made, and I agree. That’s part of the reason why Congressman Paul’s idea of bringing our military home and practicing a policy of non-interventionalism makes sense.

I just saw an opportunity to comment on what the USA is up against as regards our nearest neighbor to the south.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Tonewah said...

Thanks for all your thoughtful comments, Don. You're right; We are being invaded from the south.

9:56 AM  

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