Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Update on last Sunday's "attack" on Georgian and Polish presidents

Remember the attack on the motorcade of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili who was visiting the border with South Ossetia with his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski last Sunday? The Georgian public relation machine immediately blamed the Russians, with "unconfirmed reports" claiming South Ossetians border guard had been seen shooting near the motorcade.

Well, here's an update. The Polish Internal Security Agency (ABW) came to the conclusion that the incident was more than likely staged by the Georgians:
The daily “Dziennik” cites an Internal Security Agency (ABW) report saying that the shooting incident in Georgia involving Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Georgian President Saakashvili was most likely staged by the Georgians.

According to the daily, ABW head Krzysztof Bondaryk sent the report to the top sixteen people in Poland. The report states the shots fired near the presidential motorcade were most likely fired by Georgians as a provocation and propaganda tool.
If confirmed, add this to the long list of reasons why Georgia should never be given NATO membership. Saakashvili has proved to be dangerous and manipulative; if given membership he could cause real trouble by attempting to force confrontation with Russia. This would be disastrous because NATO members could be forced to side with Georgia against Russia. Let's not get sucked into a mutual defense pact with this madman.

Georgians are trying hard to portray themselves as the poor victim of evil Russia, even though they started the conflict this summer. The MSM in the U. S. is largely buying this narrative, and my instinct tells me that this report will not change this situation; in fact I'm fairly sure it will be largely ignored by the MSM.

Hat tip: Paul Wells

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