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DEATH LIES WHERE GAS AND BLACK GOLD RUN: ---- War between Georgia and Russia on the 21st Century Silk Road

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FdCA Statement on the current situation in the Caucasus. From A-infos newswire.

DEATH LIES WHERE GAS AND BLACK GOLD RUN: ---- WAR BETWEEN GEORGIA AND RUSSIA ON
THE 21ST-CENTURY SILK ROAD ----

Mikhail Saakashvili and his dextrous National Movement were brought to power in Georgia on the wave of a "pink revolution" in 2004. In these last four years, Georgia has strengthened its links with NATO and the EU, but has had to put up with a tough embargo on its goods from Russia, which props up the two secessionist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both effectively out of Georgian control.

---- Saakashvili as president has not kept
his promises. At least a third of the Georgian population is living below the poverty line; unemployment is officially at 16% but is actually much higher; the monthly pension is ?16. Current employment legislation permits employers to fire
workers without just cause. Popular discontent exploded on the occasion of last January's presidential election, called following the huge demonstrations of November 2007: poverty had been growing at the same rate as the economy.
Saakashvili won for the second time, but in order to do so was forced into repressing tens of thousands of demonstrators in the capital, Tbilisi, who were protesting against vote-rigging, corruption, athoritarianism and economic disaster.

But so what?! The strategic control of Georgia is worth much more than the state its people live in. And that de facto Russian-guaranteed autonomy that exists in South Ossetia is no little worry to US and European interests in the area. Georgian entry into NATO would justify an international military presence with the aim of protecting and controlling two enormously important strategic
corridors for the West: the famous aku-Tbilisi-Cehyan (BTC) corridor bringing
gas from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum corridor bringing gas from the Caspian to Turkey, where it is planned to link up with the TIG ("Nabucco") corridor which will link Turkey to Greece and Italy. But both these oil and gas pipelines pass too outrageously south of Russia and too near Ossetia. Russia (and Gazprom) will certainly not be sitting around
doing nothing! As long as there is tension in the Caucasus, there will be no room for NATO and Europe will be forced to deal with Russia if it wants Caspian oil and gas.

Italy's Foreign Minister is worried that the conflict will spread to Abkhazia... but in reality his fears are more for the interests of ENI (which has a 5% stake in the BTC) and Edison (BTE), and he is already offering to send an Italian "peacekeeping" mission to the Caucasus on a European mandate.

Along the 21st-century Silk Road, the lives of 70,000 South Ossetian inhabitants (for whom independence is denied, unlike Kossovo) are worth nothing; as are the lives of the people of Georgia - two peoples apparently divided by ethnic
conflict, but in reality hostage to the inter-imperialist conflict for the control of raw materials and corridors.

There will be no peace or stability in the Caucasus until its peoples obtain full autonomy and self-determination of their own destinies and until they cooperate in solidarity in the production and shipping of raw materials, against
dictators and local ruling classes, against all forms of nationalism, against all forms of imperialism and against capitalism.

Permanent ceasefire. International solidarity with all workers in the Caucasus.

FEDERAZIONE DEI COMUNISTI ANARCHICI

12 August 2008

http://www.fdca.it

From: Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale -A- fdca.it>

Comments

Re: DEATH LIES WHERE GAS AND BLACK GOLD RUN: ---- War between Ge

This article is utter BS, first of all it was the Rose Revolution retard. Secondly, how does it serve Western interests if Saakashvili chooses to reunite a rebel enclave, inviting Russia to retaliate and destabilise the status quo? You're claiming that the war will make Georgian entry into NATO more likely, it's the exact opposite. Germany and Italy are more likely now than ever to stop Georgian entry (as they did in April this year) on concerns of Russian retaliation.

Your argument relies on a reflexive and conspiratorial anti-Americanism and is clearly foolish.

Re: DEATH LIES WHERE GAS AND BLACK GOLD RUN: ---- War between Ge

You say:

You're claiming that the war will make Georgian entry into NATO more likely, it's the exact opposite. Germany and Italy are more likely now than ever to stop Georgian entry (as they did in April this year) on concerns of Russian retaliation.

So, which part of the following wasn't clear to you?

As long as there is tension in the Caucasus, there will be no room for NATO and Europe will be forced to deal with Russia if it wants Caspian oil and gas.

Also, this was originally in Italian, where the word "rosa" means both "rose" and "pink". So, blame the translator, not the authors.