I was going to talk more about Georgia tonight, but I think this conversation should incorporate a number of items, so I ask for you to allow me this divergence. It might seem like I am a bit scatterbrained tonight, but I hope that by the end of this post, you understand where I am going.
Today, Iran said that it had successfully launched a dummy satellite into orbit. I am not going to get into the debate on whether this is true or not. (Hint it's not, they have lied and photo-shopped every picture until now, why should I believe this.) What is more important though is the message behind the message. Why would Iran say that they have sent a satellite into orbit? Well, if you can manufacture a missile system and a telemetry and tracking system to put a satellite into orbit, a true intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is not far away. Up until this point they have only had the ability to launch an improved range Theater Ballistic Missiles. This basically means they could range Europe. If they had an ICBM they could range us here in the United States along most of the Eastern Sea Board. It was, simply put, a warning that they can strike us. Personally the hot air from them didnt even make me turn up my air conditioning.
Speaking of hot air, our Secretary of State seemed very agitated with the Russian Federation today, and for good reason. According to the Cease-Fire that they signed, they should be out of Georgia by now. News Flash, they are not. The town of Gori is still under their control. The claims is that they are securing ammo depots, they are preparing to withdraw on Monday, to they are there for the law and order of Gori. Well, as far as securing ammo depots, what right do they have to do that? Second, you should have withdrawn days ago and by my rationale never crossed into Georgia proper. Third, you destroyed the law and order of Gori when you secured it for irregular forces to operate in. Talking from a position of International Law, only works when you didnt violate it getting to that point of the debate.
A number of people have written comments and emails today saying that Russia should leave Georgia when America leaves Iraq and Afghanistan. As I said in a comments section post, this is like comparing apples and oranges. United States Forces are in Iraq and Afghanistan at the pleasure of their duly elected governments. If Iraq turned around tomorrow and said leave, guess what, we would have to leave, and we would. That is part of being a sovereign nation, and the difference, is that we respect that. Anyone who wants to compare this to Iraq and Afghanistan is doing nothing more then trying to exploit the current situation to further their own personal agenda, and are just plain wrong.
As far as what this means for the future, well that is not complicated. I have said it before, and I will say it again, with respects to JK Rowling and Harry Potter, "The time has come for people to choose between what is right and what is easy." Any country that wants to stand up for human rights, wants to protect its citizens, wants to be a form of democracy and foster freedom, and wants to stand up to tyrannical regimes, my personal opinion is that we should bring them into NATO. Maybe as we go forward, we need a new acronym, but the concept stays the same, freedom loving countries. Freedom is never free, and I salute any country that wants to stand for it, with us.
There are a number of countries in the world today that do not believe this. They would rather take advantage of their citizens, rape their women, mistreat their people, and try to intimidate their neighbors. The time for this ended centuries ago. President George W Bush had it right when he said, "you are with us or against us." But it means more then just terrorist organizations. If you want to stand for freedom, stand with us. If you want to stand for oppression and mistreatment of your people, so be it, but know that we will not stand for it, and that you will be dealt with accordingly.
As Always, May God Bless America, and may He be with all freedom loving people everywhere.
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