Stop the Violence in Georgia!

Peace Action Alert

While much of the world’s attention has been focused on the Olympic Games in Beijing, violence has broken out in the Republic of Georgia. Russia has launched airstrikes in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. There are credible reports of civilian casualties. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7552659.stm

It is important to remember that the Olympic Games in ancient Greek were a time of peace, when warriors put aside their swords and spears to compete against each other on the athletic field .

The ancient tradition of peace during the Olympic Games should be honored. We urge Georgia and Russia to agree to an immediate ceasefire while a longer term solution to their differences can be sought through diplomacy.

What you can do:

  • Write a letter to the Editor in favor of peaceful conflict resolution to the dispute between Russia and the Republic of Georgia

  • Urge Democratic candidates to publicly support non-violent peace-making efforts between Russia and Georgia rather than military intervention.

  • Call your Senators and your Congressional Representative to encourage them to speak out against the violence in the Republic of Georgia and to urge a peaceful resolution.

Both major Presidential candidates have issued statements about the military violence in Georgia. However, there are sharp differences in the approach taken by Senator Obama and that of Senator McCain to the resolution of this conflict. Here’s a summary of the positions of the two campaigns: http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Georgia_crisis_triggers_war_of_word_08102008.html

McCain’s statement appears to be colored by the ties of top advisors to his campaign to the Georgian government. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Top_McCain_adviser_lobbied_for_Republic_0810.html

Obama’s position is consistent with his well-known emphasis on strong diplomacy and involvement of the world community to resolve disputes. http://www.barackobama.com/issues/foreignpolicy/

Zbigniew Brzezinski warns that this crisis is comparable to the German invasion of Sudetenland before World War II or the Soviet Union’s takeover of Finland. In an interview today Brzezinski warned.

The question the international community now confronts is how to respond to a Russia that engages in the blatant use of force with larger imperial designs in mind: to reintegrate the former Soviet space under the Kremlin’s control and to cut Western access to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia by gaining control over the Baku/ Ceyhan pipeline that runs through Georgia.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-gardels/brzezinski-russias-invasi_b_118029.html

The U.S. must act now to tamp down the violence that has erupted in the Republic of Georgia.

Act today! Speak out for Peace! Make your voice heard!

Additional historical background on the ethnic and political conflicts in the area can be found at

http://www.dailykos/story/2008/8/8/20331/47987/438/565016 and http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7552908.stml

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3 Comments on “Stop the Violence in Georgia!”

  1. Helen Says:

    People of the world. You deceive! World mass media conduct propagation of a false information. Russia DID NOT ATTACK Georgia! 07.08.2008 at 22:00 Georgia has attacked South Ossetia. At 3:30 08.08.2008 tanks of the Georgian armies have entered into city Tskhinvali. Artillery bombardment all the day long proceeded, fights with use of tanks and heavy combat material, both against ossetic armies, and against peace inhabitants were conducted. 1400 civil people already were lost. The Russian peacemakers have arrived to South Ossetia in the evening 08.08.2008 for settlement of the conflict and prompting of the world in republic and protection of the Russian citizens living on territory of South Ossetia.

  2. Helen Says:

    Dear friends! We are watching the Great Lie from Internet! The reality is that Saakashvili FIRST bombed Tskhinvali on the Day of the Olympian Games! Georgian soldiers SHOT Russian Peace-making armies, peaceful population FIRST and only AFTER this Russian troops came to prevent further destruction. Remember Kosovo, and the US position in that case!
    If you understand the reality, that means your have a free mind.

  3. molly Says:

    unambiguous message of peace, friendship and dialogue — the Olympic Handshake. The handshake began with the Dalai Lama, passing through the streets of London, now it’s gone online where all of us can join in — help the handshake travel toward Beijing, where our message will be delivered through a big Olympic media campaign before the closing ceremonies. Join the handshake, and see yourself and others as it goes around the globe!
    http://www.avaaz.org/en/handshake/


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