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    @3: Zover mij bekend staan plunderen, het in brand steken van woonhuizen en mensen over de loop van een geweer van hun auto’s ontdoen niet onder de defenitie van ontmantelen van militaire structuren.

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    @15: Overdrijven is ook een kunst. Ze sturen een C17 met noodhulp en het wordt “de VS stuurt troepen”. Zelfs al zat het hele vliegtuig tot de nok vol militairen, dan nog is die kop niet gerechtvaardigd.

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    Ziet er naar uit dat de russen kunnen doen wat ze willen in Georgie. Er is door de russen namelijk een extra punt toegevoegd aan het ceasefire verdrag:

    France brokered the deal as the country holding the rotating presidency of the European Union. Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, visited Tbilisi and left with a four-point cease-fire plan.

    The conditions were: no use of force; cessation of hostilities; opening of humanitarian corridors in the conflict areas; and withdrawal of Georgian and Russian troops to pre-war positions.

    In meetings in Moscow, the Russians insisted on two additional points, the Georgian official said, and Sarkozy carried those demands to Georgia, landing shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday and driving straight to the Parliament building to meet with Saakashvili.

    Negotiating from a position of strength, the Russians demanded the fifth point, allowing their troops to act in what was termed a peacekeeping role, even outside the boundaries of the separatist enclaves where the war had begun, with an understanding that an international agreement might obviate this need later.

    The vague language of the fifth point allows Russian peacekeepers to “implement additional security measures” while awaiting an international monitoring mechanism.

    The Georgians asked that a timeline be included in the language for these loosely defined Russian peacekeeping operations, but the Georgian official said Sarkozy’s response was that without an agreement, a Russian tank assault on the capital could ensue: “He was saying it’s a difficult situation. He said, ‘Their tanks are 40 kilometers from Tbilisi.’ This is where we are.”

    Sarkozy then tried to call Dmitri Medvedev, the Russian president, to amend the point with a timeline. The adviser, who was present, said the Russians did not take the call for two hours. When the French president got through, the proposal was rejected.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/14/europe/moscow.php?page=1

    Met zo’n vage afspraak kan je alle kanten op. Sterker nog, de Russen kunnen hiermee alle kanten op, “in Georgie”, en het is nogal provocatie gevoelig. Volgens mij gaat die komst van een “international monitoring mechanism” nog even duren.