Officials in South Ossetia said Friday that Russia intends eventually to absorb the breakaway Georgian province. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the region's leader, Eduard Kokoity, discussed South Ossetia's future earlier this week in Moscow, South Ossetian parliamentary speaker Znaur Gassiyev said.Russia will absorb South Ossetia "in several years" or earlier, a position that was "firmly stated by both leaders," Gassiyev said.Worked great for the Sudetenland.
If you're wondering who Kokoity is, he was a former Komsomol leader who moved to Moscow, became a "businessman", joined in the Putin gang and then was dispatched back to "lead" South Ossetia, a fictional government that's nothing more than a front for a Moscow annexation of Georgia.
By no coincidence at all, Abkhazia, another fictional country that's nothing more than another Russian front for annexing a chunk of Georgia, is "led" by Sergei Bagapsh, another Komsomol\Secretary of the regional Communist Party thug who has carried out ethnic cleansing in Russia's name.
The end game is to carve up Georgia and Russia's other neighbors, piece by piece, using the ethnic minorities that Russia itself forcibly imported and deported into sovereign countries to demand "independence" followed by Russian annexation.
Russia is actually pretty good at creating fictional countries for this purpose. The most famous fictional country created in Moscow, is known as Palestine, a project initiated after the defeat of Russia's Arab allies in the Six Day War. So far Palestine has been Russia's biggest success.
Here's an interview with Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former head of Romania's Communist era intelligence agency. There's more to read here than I can even begin to quote, but the bottom line is the real nature of the war we're facing and the common enemy.
FP: Tell us about the PLO and its connection to the Soviet regime.
Pacepa: The PLO was dreamt up by the KGB, which had a penchant for “liberation” organizations...
This new PLO was headed by a Soviet-style Executive Committee made up of 15 members who, like their comrades in Moscow, also headed departments. As in Moscow—and Bucharest—the chairman of the Executive Committee became the general commander of the armed forces as well. The new PLO also had a General Assembly, which was the Soviet-inspired name given to all East European parliaments after World War II.
Based on another “socialist division of labor,” the Romanian espionage service (DIE) was responsible for providing the PLO with logistical support. Except for the arms, which were supplied by the KGB and the East German Stasi, everything else came from Bucharest. Even the PLO uniforms and the PLO stationery were manufactured in Romania free of charge, as a “comradely help.” During those years, two Romanian cargo planes filled with goodies for the PLO landed in Beirut every week, and were unloaded by Arafat’s men.
FP: You have discussed your personal knowledge of how Arafat was created and cultivated by the KGB and how the Soviets actually designed him to be the future leader of the PLO. Illuminate this picture for us please.
Soon after that, the KGB tasked Arafat to declare war on American “imperial-Zionism” during the first summit of the Black International, an organization that was also financed by the KGB. Arafat claimed to have coined the word “imperial-Zionism,” but in fact Moscow had invented this battle cry many years earlier, combining the traditionally Russian anti-Semitism with the new Marxist anti-Americanism.
FP: Why has the American and Israeli leadership been deceived so long about Arafat’s criminal and terrorist activities?
“But we are a revolution,” Arafat exploded, after Ceausescu explained what the Kremlin wanted from him. “We were born as a revolution, and we should remain an unfettered revolution.” Arafat expostulated that the Palestinians lacked the tradition, unity, and discipline to become a formal state. That statehood was only something for a future generation. That all governments, even Communist ones, were limited by laws and international agreements, and he was not willing to put any laws or other obstacles in the way of the Palestinian struggle to eradicate the state of Israel.
My former boss was able to persuade Arafat into tricking President Carter only by resorting to dialectical materialism, for both were fanatical Stalinists who knew their Marxism by heart. Ceausescu sympathetically agreed that “a war of terror is your only realistic weapon,” but he also told his guest that, if he would transform the PLO into a government-in-exile and would pretend to break with terrorism, the West would shower him with money and glory. “But you have to keep on pretending, over and over,” my boss emphasized.
In April 1978 I accompanied Ceausescu to Washington, where he convinced President Jimmy Carter that he could persuade Arafat to transform his PLO into a law-abiding government-in-exile, if the United States would establish official relations with him. Thereupon, President Carter publicly hailed Ceausescu as a “great national and international leader” who had “taken on a role of leadership in the entire international community.”
FP: Tell us a bit about what you think about the state of the KGB in Russia today. Some say it is experiencing a resurrection. Is this true?
Since the fall of Communism the Russians have been faced with an indigenous form of capitalism run by old Communist bureaucrats, speculators and ruthless mafiosi that has widened social inequities and created a decline in industrial production. Therefore, after a period of upheaval, the Russians have gradually—and perhaps thankfully—slipped back into their historical form of government, the traditional Russian samoderzhaviye (autocracy) traceable to the 14th century’s Ivan the Terrible, in which a feudal lord ruled the country with the help of his personal political police. Good or bad, the historically Russian political police may appear to most people in that country as their only defense against the rapacity of the new capitalists at home and the greediness of grasping foreign neighbors.
Russia will never return to Communism—too many Russians perished at the hands of that heresy. But it seems that Russia will not truly turn westward either, at least not under this generation. If history—including that of the last 14 years—is any guide, the Russians, who are now enjoying their regained nationalism, will struggle to rebuild a kind of an Old Russian Empire by inspiring themselves from old Russian traditions and by using old Russian ways and means.
The KGB capitalism slash mafia that he describes eventually mutated into the Putin regime, fusing Russian nationalism with fascism and an alliance with organized crime-- all rooted in the old KGB.
Meanwhile Russia has been using and is using the same tactics in Israel and Georgia, creating phony national liberation movements, arming and backing them, demanding sympathy from the West and moving in for the kill. The old boss is back, but in truth he never really left.
Russia is behind the rise of a newly aggressive Iran bent on nuclear capabilities and Russia is providing Iran with those capabilities, pushing a weakened Syria, already set to be home to a Russian naval base, into becoming an Iranian puppet, even as both are used to arm and equip Hizbullah and then Hamas for a war of attrition against Israel.
Meanwhile Russia works to compromise Israel from within, using the same old string of Russian businessmen such as Gaydamak to buy domestic political influence, while using the emigre Russian population as an electoral threat to any Israeli politician who defies Russia.
Under Kadima, the KGB has had its way, receiving the Russian compound, forcing Israel to stop selling arms to Georgia and achieving open travel back and forth between the two countries. Even while Israel continues fighting the war that Russia crafted to begin with.
For anyone who thinks that Israel could never be where Georgia is now, let's take a look back at 1967, and a war of annihilation funded, armed and planned in Moscow.
New evidence reveals that during the 1967 Six-Day War the Soviet Union set in motion military operations to assist Egypt and especially Syria, first in seeking to overcome Israel and then in response to Israel’s pre-emptive attack. These potential steps included a naval landing, airborne reinforcement and air support for ground operations.
As early as May 11, Soviet Arabic-language interpreters stationed in Egypt were summoned to the Soviet Embassy in Cairo. One of them later recounted to journalist Aleksandr Khaldeev that they were told war between Egypt and Israel was inevitable. Later they were taken to Alexandria and informed they would be posted to the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, now cruising off the Israeli shore. “One of the interpreters...said he knew for sure that we would be attached to a landing force that would be landing in Haifa or slightly northward.” The interpreters were to handle liaison with Israel’s Arab population, “who were longing for us.”
This backs up an eyewitness account received recently from a participant in the putative landing. Yuri N. Khripunkov was in June 1967 a young gunnery lieutenant on board a new BPK (large anti-submarine ship), then the fastest, most advanced model in the Soviet Navy. It was part of a large reinforcement force for the Mediterranean flotilla which arrived from the Black Sea base of Sevastopol in early May (42), shortly after Brezhnev demanded the withdrawal of the Sixth Fleet. At least one more detachment--including four destroyers, two “hydrographic vessels” (a cover name for intelligence ships) and even one “icebreaker”--went through the Turkish straits on May 31
The Israeli concern was well-based in fact. Khripunkov relates how on June 5 his captain ordered him to raise and command a 30-man detachment of “volunteers” for a landing on the Israeli coast. Similar parties were being assembled on all the 30-odd Soviet surface vessels in the Mediterranean, for a total of some 1000 men. The assignment for Khripunkov's platoon was to penetrate Haifa port.
Khripunkov was told that in addition to the improvised landing parties “there was also one BDK [large amphibious ship] with about 40 tanks and maybe a battalion of infantry.”
A retired Soviet air force lieutenant general, Yuri V. Nastenko, confirmed recently that bomber and fighter/reconnaissance units, the latter comprising MiG-21s under his command, were put on full operational alert on the evening of June 5, and he was convinced this was in preparation for “real combat.” The armed aircraft were flown the next day to an airbase “on the border”–presumably with Turkey--and the crews were scrambled several times over the following three days. “The command was working on the assumption that we would land at Syrian bases, and thus would have to overfly a neutral country such as Turkey.
Immediately after the crisis... One military goal was achieved: Soviet naval bases were established in Syria and enhanced. In Egypt, where Amer was ousted and committed suicide, the Soviets retained a high military profile.
Khripunkov was promoted and made gunnery officer of a three-ship Soviet flotilla stationed at Port Said, the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, now the Egyptian-Israeli front line. “We had the Israelis ahead and the Egyptians astern. Every morning at a quarter to four o'clock I would go on the bridge and have the crew load our guns and train them on the Israeli trenches.”
There, Khripunkov says, he “witnessed the Israeli navy's tragedy”--apparently alluding to the sinking of the destroyer Eilat off the Sinai coast October 21 by missiles fired from Port Said. These have hitherto been attributed to Egyptian missile boats of Soviet make, assisted by Soviet advisors; Khripunkov, hints that Soviet involvement was more important and says the Egyptian navy was incapable of sinking the ship. But he declined to elaborate on this incident.
But according to a high-ranking officer directly involved, even the nuclear option against Israel was still not ruled out in defense of an Arab ally. Captain First Class (and later vice-admiral) N.A. Shishkov, then commanding a submarine armed with P-6 (SS-12) nuclear missiles, has disclosed that in the spring of 1968 he was “personally ordered by Soviet Navy commander S. Gorshkov to stand by for firing eight missiles at the Israeli coast if Americans and Israelis began a landing in Syria.”
For anyone who still doesn't get it, Israel is nothing more than a better armed and self-sufficient Georgia, a country whose very existence Russia has been hammering away at for several decades now.
But Russian plans don't end in Eastern Europe or the Middle East. Russia's first priority is an energy monopoly, followed by dramatic expansion and the creation of a new Russian empire. And America, England and the rest of the West are in its way.
In 1933 Germany was no threat to the rest of Western Europe. In 1940 it was a virtually unstoppable monster gobbling up Europe and Russia and parts of the Middle East.
In 1921 Russia was weak, chaotic and could barely muster a functioning army. By 1948 Russia ruled a major portion of the world and only American tanks and atom bombs prevented the Red Army from seizing everything up to England and beyond.
Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.