Monday, May 11, 2009

ARTICLE: Feeding Georgia to the Bear (

Germany has almost certainly benefited more from the NATO alliance than any other country. But the Germans seem already to have forgotten what it was like to be always vulnerable to Russian aggression.
The current NATO exercises in Georgia, scheduled in January of 2008, began last week and will run through the month of May. The alliance's decision to move forward with the exercises was met with belligerent rhetoric from Moscow and a coup attempt that was almost certainly inspired, if not directed, by the Kremlin.
Still, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister and SPD candidate for Chancellor in elections later this year, has apparently thrown his lot in with the Russians, criticizing the exercises as unhelpful to the maintenance of regional stability

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