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article imageGeorgia: 'We helped in Iraq and in Europe, now help us'

By Chris V. Thangham     Aug 11, 2008 in Politics
Georgians are being bombarded by Russian jets and tanks and have made a call to the world for help. Citizens are now asking, “Why won’t America and Nato help us?"
The Russian army has taken full control of South Ossetia in Georgia. The area is trying to secede from heavy bombings by both sides that have resulted in more than 1,500 deaths and scores of people injured and displaced from their homes.
Russia has bombed many parts of the city with jets and tanks. Many citizens have lost their homes and are now pleading for help from Europe and the U.S.
Djimali Avago, a Georgian farmer asked the Times Online reporter:
“Why won’t America and Nato help us? If they won’t help us now, why did we help them in Iraq?”
President Saakashvili of Georgia has ordered a complete ceasefire and wants to talk with Russia, but reports indicate gunfire and shelling along the border zone with Russia continues.
Many citizens of Georgia have fled from South Ossetia out of fear the Russians will continue to move past S. Ossetia into Georgia.
Gori, a bustling city with 50,000 residents, looks almost deserted after repeated strikes from Russia. Georgi, a 56-year-old resident told the Times:
“There is a lot of panic. Many people have left and I am thinking of joining them. My bags are already packed…We are afraid that the Russians will come here and kill us. People would not go if we had a strong army but they don’t believe in our army any more.”
They also think that once Russia gains full control over South Ossetia, it will never leave.
Miriyan Gogalashvili of Tkviav told the Times:
“The Russians will be here tomorrow. They want to show us and the world how powerful they are. Tomorrow it will be Ukraine and nobody in the West is doing anything to stop them. Why were our soldiers in Kosovo and Iraq if we don’t get any help from the West now?”
Georgia previously sent troops to Iraq, but because of the war, the country may permanently recall its 2,000 troops.
Russians, on the other hand, are getting further reinforcements and will solidify their presence in South Ossetia. Russia claims they are in South Ossetia to protect Russian citizens in the city from attacks.
While launching a direct war with Georgia, the Russians are also launching a cyber-war by attacking various Georgian websites.
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