Which country will Russia swallow next?Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 4:42 | Posted in russia, war | 6 Comments
Tags: cyber war, georgia
As I briefly mentioned in a comment added to Kai’s post about cyber criminals, Georgia is in addition to the Rusian invasion of the country being exposed to a severe cyber attack orchestrated by the notorious cyber crime organisation Russian Business Network. Not to be mixed with the cyber criminals, Russian Business Network blog exploits the illegal activities of RBN with a comprehensive coverage. As the blog reported on Saturday, the web site of the Georgian Foreign Ministry and a number of other essential Georgian sites have been unaccessible and under unauthorized external control since late last Thursday.
The blog also warns that there may be a number of fake Georgian sites around the Internet that look like a Georgian government site but have no recent news updates. The Foreign Ministry are currently posting their updated info at http://georgiamfa.blogspot.com.
According to the latest information available, the Russian forces are in the process of invading Georgia and the Georgian army is withdrawing to defend the capital Tbilisi. The government is desperately asking for international assistance.
As a citizen of EU I am dismayed that the EU has failed to send a clear message to Moscow that attacking an independent country in order to oust its legally elected government is unacceptable. I am even more dismayed of this statement by the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini:
“This war has pushed Georgia further away not just from Europe, but also complicates the NATO council in December,” Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.
“Italy maintains that we cannot create an anti-Russia coalition in Europe, and on this point we are close to (Russian Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin’s position,” he told La Stampa.
While the Russian government appear to be doing all they can to make sure that such a coalition will be created, statements like that of Mr. Frattini’s are bound to turn things upside down. The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt compared the Russian attack with Hitler’s argumetation for annexing the Czechoslovakian Sudetes before the World War II. Sad as it is, the World seems to be busy watching the mouth-gagged Olympics while another agressive annexation is taking place in the immediate naborhood of Europe.
The response of the EU, NATO and USA is remarkably similar to that of Neville Chamberlain after his meeting with Hitler in Munich in September 1938: “Peace for our time”. Peace my ass!
The cyber attacks against Estonia last year seem to have been a general rehearsal for what we are witnessing now. The extent and effect of the attack shows that it must have been planned for quite a while ahead. That also goes to the number of Russian troops rapidly deployed to Georgia: not even the Russian armed forces are able to spontaineously engage such a large number of troops so quickly without having intended to do so well in advance.
I would like to close with a quote of Kai’s latest post:
I hope that reactions will come. That the international community will raise it’s voice and tell Russia and Putin that theft is not acceptable. That Georgia will receive support and help on their path to independence and democracy.
I hope so, too, although it may be too little too late to help Georgia. But if reactions fail to come, we can only guess which independent country is going to be next in line to be swallowed. Is it Ukraine? Or perhaps Latvia, Estonia or Finland? All neighbors of Russia and with enough Russian citizens in their population to provide an excuse.
Edit: Official notices of the Georgian government are also being published on the web site of the President of Poland.