All of which makes the flags and posters just a dream. Just how insubstantial this dream was became clear to Saakashvili yesterday when his bodyguards panicked at the sight of a Russian fighter in the sky. They bundled him away and thrust him to the ground Adidas Gazelle Black White Ebay
politician. Saakashvili himself behaves as if his country of 4. 4 million had already become the 28th member of the European Union, whose blue and gold banner hangs all over the capital. He has taken to making his most solemn pronouncements standing in front of the EU flag, and the more desperate his situation, the more the flags multiply. Alas for Georgia, it is not part of the US, the EU or even of Nato. It is not even formally on the path to Nato membership.
his mentor's Batman. This promised new era seemed to be dawning when the G8 leaders including Bush, Gordon Brown and Medvedev gathered in Japan on 8 July and issued a statement in support of sanctions against Robert Mugabe and his cronies in Zimbabwe. At last Russia was lining up beside the West. But as soon as the Russian presiden.
covering him with body armour, fearful that the Kremlin might effect "regime change" in its southern neighbour with a single rocket from the sky. Instead of a Nato guarantee, all he had by way of protection was some sheets of Kevlar and a pack of jumpy guards. "Nato and the Americans have been humiliated in Georgia," said Jonathan Eyal, of the Royal United Services Institute. "Their guarantees amounted to nothing more than statements and some futile discussions at the UN Security Council. "THERE are dreamers in Russia, too, but the man who leads that country, Vladimir Putin, is a realist, a calculating politician who plans years in advance. The terrible little war unfolding on the fringes of Europe is a story of the clash between Putin the ultra realist and the dreamy Georgians, who have been exposed to Russia's vengeance thanks to some woolly thinking in the West.
l of half of Georgia. There are fears they are on the way to take the capital Tbilisi an idea that only last week would have been unthinkable. Visitors to Tbilisi might be excused for thinking that the Republic of Georgia is the 51st state of the USA. The city is plastered with posters of George W Bush embracing President Mikheil Saakashvili, a US trained lawyer who has the smooth tongue and ample hair of an American Adidas Originals Gazelle Og Leather All Black
A keen eyed diplomat could have predicted last month or precisely on 11 July that war would break out in the Caucasus. Up to that date, many people believed that the newly elected president of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, would soften the harsh, anti Western rhetoric of Putin, who had to resign in May after completing two terms, the maximum allowed. Medvedev, a lawyer, promised Womens Adidas Grey Gazelle Og Suede Trainers to improve education, clean up corruption and make the courts operate more openly. Rather than wars, he declared that Russia needed a period of quiet to develop. Admittedly he seemed an unlikely revolutionary: a loyal servant of Putin for 18 years and three inches shorter than Putin, Medvedev had always been Robin to Adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Trainers Green
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