Over the last 5 days, we have been watching harrowing images on TV, of the most recent war between Russia and Georgia over Ossetia. For most of us, we may not be fully aware as to the main causes of the war, but most will understand that Georgia was once part of the great Soviet Union, and in 1992, Georgia became an independent state following the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
Elsewhere, in Iraq and Afghanistan, peace and security has yet to be fully realised, and the cost to human lives, be they soldiers or civilians has not ceased. Despite big powers involvement, namely the US and its NATO allies which started the war thinking that it can be over in a few months, have now been taught a serious lesson by the rag-tag Iraqi and Afghan soldiers, that military superiority alone cannot guarantee immediate success in war. For how much longer can the US and its NATO allies sustain its war in Iraq and Afghanistan, can only be answered by Bush, the war monger, and its NATO cohorts.
With thousands of soldiers dead, many thousands more maimed, and voluntary conscription no longer a choice among the bodily able youth in the US today, I now believe that Bush or any other successive US President, may no longer find it easy anymore to obtain US Congressional approval to wage another war, against what is so often referred to as 'belligerent states', or its enemies in the US war against terror.
With Russia now at 'war' with Georgia, it will be interesting to see how the US and its NATO allies react to Georgia's call for military help and intervention. Will the US be ready to come to the aid of Georgia, thus opening another front, and this time against a much more superior 'enemy', that is unlike Iraq and Afghanistan? Recent announcements by Bush concerning the war, is far too mild, lackluster, and without the hard hitting rhetorics that was so often heard, prior to the US invasion of Iraq. Is Bush doing this merely to appease Russia, and to make amends for his over zealous and boastful pronouncements e.g. mission accomplished, shock and awe, and the surge, that might have angered the Russians, in his war against Iraq?
And likewise, how will NATO allies react? Will it be a full scale military intervention, or are they merely offering themselves as peace mediator? I could imagine what will become of the region, and of the whole world, if the entire might of the Russian military is to take on both the US, which is already a spent force, and NATO forces. It will be catastrophic, and untold lost of human lives and sufferings. And the thought of Russia and the US, both being nuclear powers, makes war between the two a dangerous proposition.
And at the home front, let the war between Russia and Georgia, and other wars around the world be a stalk reminder to both our political and military leaders, that war can confront the nation at anytime. Our so called friends today, can be our enemies tomorrow. And we do have problems with our neighbours that can spark a conflict.
And in our eagerness to achieve economic prosperity, our leaders must never neglect the development of our military forces to meet vital military needs and challenges of the future. I believe, this has been the weakest aspect of our military development, due primarily to the lack of interest, military understanding and knowledge of the military, by our leaders.