Backlash is taking its time to accrue against Russia’s recent non-act of war (or was it act of non-war?) that occured during the Beijing games.
The Olympics are generally considered a time to show good sportsmanship, and part of good sportsmanship between foreign countries, is not driving tanks around and shelling villages.
This website hopes to show Russia that there are repercussions for its actions.
Skepticism does arise that it might just be a Yankee effort to show them Commie Russkies who won the Cold War. That’s certainly how I think Russians see it. Similarly the British-led effort to seek some sort of condemnation (or *gasp* action) by the EU.
Although one might conceivably be able to understand Russia’s motivation to protect it’s citizens (who make up the bulk of the populations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia), the recent military action, and now political action by officially recognising the autonomous states as independet sovreign entities, seems very, well interesting.
Russia would seem to be one of the last countries who would want to encourage breakaway regions to well, breakaway. Only country with possibly more interest in suppressing independence of nation-states would be China. Taken in this Russia’s move can seem schitzophrenically both modern and hypocritical.
International support for these two fledgelings is far from the unaminous voice echoed upon Kosovo’s announcement of independence. Apart from Russia, the only other positive responses have been from Venezuela (might as well be Kim Jong Il) – and Belarus, who have said they are gonna support the move, but maybe not just yet, procrastination on a national scale – I love it!
I’m actually inclined to side closely with Australia’s official statement as quoted on wikipedia:
“The declaration overnight by Russian President Medvedev [recognising the states’ independence] I don’t believe is a helpful contribution. Indeed some may regard that as provocative. I don’t think it helps circumstances in Georgia and I don’t think it helps relationships generally between Russia and the rest of the world.” – Foreign Minister Stephen Smith