EU Blinks on Georgia

European Union Tower of Babel Poster

The above poster was produced by the Europeans over a decade ago. It may be of interest to note that the above inverted stars are pentagrams, a satanic symbol. The poster tower was based upon a painting of the Tower of Babel by a European, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, in 1563.


The following news item was of interest:


Georgia Moves Closer To EU as Russia Welcomes Summit Results

Georgian Premier Lado Gurgenidze thanked the European Union for its support Tuesday and called for closer ties with Brussels. Russian officials on the other hand also seemed pleased with the emergency summit’s outcome.

“What Georgia needs is to consolidate the gains we have made through tightened integration (with the EU),” Gurgenidze said after talks in Brussels with the EU’s external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

“The free trade and the visa facilitation are indeed important pillars, although we are hoping for a comprehensive discussion on how this tightened integration (with the EU) can be achieved,” Gurgenidze said.

The premier also raised his estimate on the number of Georgians needing long-term resettlement as a result of Russia’s military intervention from 20,000 to 30-35,000.

Ferrero-Waldner said the European Commission and individual member states had made a total of 15 million euros ($21.7 million) available for humanitarian aid to Georgia.

Russia‘s path of partnership

Diplomats from Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday said they were pleased with a European Union decision not to impose sanctions on the Kremlin over Georgia.

Officials speaking to the Interfax news agency said the EU’s choice at a crisis summit on Monday to ask Russia to remove troops in Georgia, rather than attempt to exert economic or political pressure, was a sign a majority of EU nations were seeking “a path of partnership” with Russia.

The moderate EU position on Georgia would assist “both sides in mutually-advantageous cooperation,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Some regrets

Ministry officials did however express regret over a decision by EU leaders to freeze partnership talks with Moscow and said EU-Russia relations should  not be “hostage to differences of opinion.”

A minority bloc of EU nations led by Britain and Poland had been calling for immediate economic sanctions on Russia as punishment, they argued, for the Kremlin’s violation of a mid-August ceasefire agreement obliging Georgia and Russia to pull troops back to pre-war positions.

Russia defeated Georgia in August’s Ossetia war. Russia army forces have dug in north and west Georgia, and operate some two dozen road checkpoints along roads in the region.

Energy dependency

Europe receives some 30 percent of its natural gas and 50 percent of its oil from Russia.

Russia’s national gas monopolist Gazprom on Monday announced it would shut down supplies for some 24 hours for “maintenance” in coming days. The switch-off was for routine technical reasons and not a pressure tactic aimed at Europe, Gazprom officials said.,2144,3612458,00.html

Apparently deciding that economic sanctions would hurt it more than Russia, plus realizing that it simply does not have the military power, the EU effectively blinked.

Another news item reported:

Last year the Europeans spent about $312 billion, less than half of America’s total outlays, on defense. But much of that money was wasted on large, inefficient conscript forces. EU members have little lift capability. During the Kosovo conflict, European officials admitted that they possessed barely 10 to 15 percent of America’s combat capabilities.

However, I believe that the issue with Georgia and Russia will make the EU realize that it must get the military power it needs.

And the Bible shows that that power will be quite effective:

So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)

However, that effectiveness will not last (Daniel 11:44-45).

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