Was a time when the Russian Bear lumbered around Europe trying to scare the shit out of folk. No longer. The poor thing now should be referred to the R.S.P.C.A. Read this and see if you agree. Tories, Labour and the EU Gestapo have decided to gang up and try and impose sanctions on Russia â which has committed the dastardly crime of protecting its own citizens. Tweedledum Tory leader David Cameron has called for EU leaders meeting today to impose âtough sanctionsâ on Russia for intervening in the conflict in Georgia to protect its citizens. In this he has been echoed by TweedleDee Labour leader Gordon Brown who said that: âIn the light of Russian actions, the EU should review â root and branch â our relationship with Russia, whose unilateral action in recognising the independence of Georgiaâs two breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was dangerous and unacceptable.â The western media has whipped up condemnation of Russia for intervening militarily in Georgia following the outbreak of fighting between Ossetian separatists and the Georgian state. The rest of the EU has blindly followed suit, without once giving consideration to the facts, which are as follows: - South Ossetia, which is 80% Russian, broke away from Georgia in the 1991-1992 war. In a 2006 South Ossetian independence referendum, held by the secessionist government, full independence was supported by 99% of the voters. - Restoring South Ossetia and Abkhazia (a region with a similar separatist movement) to Georgian control has been a goal of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. - The current crisis escalated in August when intense fighting began between Georgian troops and the forces of South Ossetia. On 2 August, large numbers of South Ossetians started to flee into Russia, and - Russian ambassador Yuri Popov warned that Russia would intervene if conflict erupted. - On 7 August, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed to restore control by force over what he called the âcriminal regimeâ in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. - During the night and early morning of 8 August, Georgia launched a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of separatist Republic of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, thus breaking the terms of the 1992 ceasefire and crossing into the security zone established therein. - Ten Russian peacekeepers were killed during the attack. The heavy shelling, which included Georgian rockets being fired into South Ossetia left parts of the capital city in ruins. - Russia then finally responded in what they called the âdefence of South Ossetians against a genocide by Georgian forces,â saying that some 2,000 Russian citizens had been killed in the shelling of Tskhinvali by the Georgian army. - At Russiaâs request, the United Nations Security Council held consultations on 7 August at 11pm, followed by an open meeting at 1.15am, on 8 August, with Georgia attending. During consultations, Council members discussed a press statement that called for an end to hostilities. They were unable, however, to come to a consensus. - In the morning, Georgia announced that it had surrounded the city and captured eight South Ossetian villages. An independent Georgian TV station announced that Georgian military took control of the capital city. - In the face of UN inaction, the murder of thousands of its citizens and the blatant aggression by the Georgian army, the Russians finally intervened, sending troops into South Ossetia. - A second front was opened by the military of the Georgiaâs separatist Republic of Abkhazia in the Kodori Valley, the only region of Abkhazia that was, before the war began, still in effective control of Georgian loyalists. - On August 11, Russia ruled out peace talks with Georgia until the latter withdrew from South Ossetia and signed a legally binding pact renouncing the use of force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia. - On August 12, happy that Russian forces had secured the safety of their citizens, that countryâs President ordered an end to military operations in Georgia. Later the same day, the Russian president Medvedev approved a six-point peace plan brokered by President-in-Office of the European Union, Nicolas Sarkozy, in Moscow; both sides were to sign it by the 17th. - On 23 August, Russia declared the withdrawal of its forces to lines it asserted fulfilled the six points: into Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and the âsecurity corridorâ around South Ossetia. The bulk of its forces left Georgian soil altogether. Now, the EU, Brown and Cameron wish to impose sanctions on Russia, when the facts clearly show that all it was doing was protecting its own citizens. A parallel might be the EU declaring sanctions on Britain for protecting its citizens in the Falklands War!