I guess I had missed the fact that the Humvees the Rooskies were parading for the cameras, along with blindfolded Georgian prisoners, belonged to us. Jay Tea:
Those Humvees were in Georgia for recent joint military exercises, and were packed up and on the docks in Georgia for return to the US. The Russian soldiers have stolen United States Army weapons and are now being held deep in Russian-held territory.
Last time I checked, that sort of thing is an act of war. On the grand scale of things, it’s a minor act of war, but nonetheless it demonstrates Russia’s attitude towards the US — “we’ll do what we want, and you won’t do anything about it.” That even includes seizing our weapons — which were NOT being used, but merely happened to be present at a dock.
It could be, of course, that the troops didn’t realize what they were doing. But I guess the Russians owe us replacement cost for those vehicles.
I’m guessing the Bushmaster carbines belonged to the Georgian military, though. Does anyone know for sure?
Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, said his country was “very disappointed” that Russia had not withdrawn its troops from Georgia, as agreed in the cease-fire he helped negotiate.
Then we have: