Sep 9, 2008

Zombies and Saakashvili’s War Room (but not "in" Saakashvili’s War Room)

It really shouldn't be a surpirse that zombies are again walking the streets. Real life zombies, like the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Back from the dead, again.

Last week, Russia turned to the CSTO after China vetoed the independence issue at the SCO. Apparently, the Chinese are touchy about efforts to recognize separatist regions like Tibet, er, Abkhazia.

Unfortunately for Moscow, “Convincing [CTSO] allies to condemn Georgian ‘aggression’ and praise Russia’s ‘peace-enforcement’ efforts was easy, but making them recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia proved to be nearly impossible,” says Pavel Baev over at Jamestown.

Maybe the Union of Russia and Belarus will add that spritz of international legitimacy.

Meanwhile, we’re learning more about life in Saakashvili’s War Room. According to the WashPost, “Officials present at some of the prewar discussions said that Saakashvili and a tight group of supporters seemed convinced they had the military power to win back South Ossetia…and were not interested in opposing points of view.”

There seems to be a lot of that going around these days.

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