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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

EU Responds to Russian Aggression In Georgia

I'm sure this will do a lot of good. After several weeks of talk, talk, talk, EU leaders decided to have another talk, a "summit" to discuss ad nauseum the fact that Russia had invaded and annexed a portion of a sovereign state. At the end of the summit the mighty force of the EU, with one voice, issued a strongly worded rebuke to the Russians.
Over four pages, the summit conclusions strongly condemn Russia's "disproportionate reaction" in Georgia, describe as "unacceptable" its recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and call on other states "not to recognise this proclaimed independence".
Read it here.

That's it. The only accomplishment Europe could point to was that they, for the first time, had been able to agree on the wording of a statement. Nothing more. Oh yes, there was some vague talk that business as usual could not be sustained until the Russians withdrew from Georgia, but Russia just brushed that aside.


If we have learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that nothing good takes place in international relations unless the U.S. does it. A strong and active American administration makes the whole world better -- a weak and passive one sits and watches as broad swathes of the world descend into chaos and terror.