over the Georgian surprise military attacks on South Ossetia and Abkhazia on
8.8.08 makes a closer look at the controversial Georgian President and his
puppet masters important. An examination shows 41-year-old Mikheil Saakashvili
to be a ruthless and corrupt totalitarian who is tied to not only the US NATO
establishment, but also to the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.
The famous �Rose
Revolution of November 2003 that forced the ageing Edouard Shevardnadze from
power and swept the then 36-year-old US university graduate into power was run
and financed by the US State Department, the Soros Foundations, and agencies
tied to the Pentagon and US intelligence community.
Mikheil Saakashvili was deliberately placed in power in one
of the most sophisticated US regime change operations, using ostensibly private
NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to create an atmosphere of popular
protest against the existing regime of former Soviet Foreign Minister Edouard
Shevardnadze, who was no longer useful to Washington when he began to make a
deal with Moscow over energy pipelines and privatizations.
Saakashvili was brought to power in a US-engineered coup run
on the ground by US-funded NGOs, in an application of a new method of US
destabilization of regimes it considered hostile to its foreign policy agenda.
The November 24, 2003, Wall Street Journal explicitly credited the
toppling of Shevardnadze�s regime to the operations of �a raft of
non-governmental organizations . . . supported by American and other Western
foundations.� These NGOs, said the Journal, had �spawned a class of young,
English-speaking intellectuals hungry for pro-Western reforms� who were
instrumental laying the groundwork for a bloodless coup.
Coup by NGO
But there is more. The NGOs were coordinated by the US
Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Miles, who had just arrived in Tbilisi fresh
from success in orchestrating the CIA-backed toppling of Slobodan Milosevic in
Belgrade, using the same NGOs. Miles, who is believed to be an undercover
intelligence specialist, supervised the Saakashvili coup.
It involved US billionaire George Soros� Open Society Georgia
Foundation. It involved the Washington-based Freedom House whose chairman was
former CIA chief James Woolsey. It involved generous financing from the US
Congress-financed National Endowment for Democracy, an agency created by Ronald
Reagan in the 1980s to �do privately what the CIA used to do,� namely coups
against regimes the US government finds unfriendly.
George Soros� foundations have been forced to leave numerous
eastern European countries, including Russia, as well as China after the 1989
student Tiananmen Square uprising. Soros is also the financier together with
the US State Department of Human Rights Watch, a US-based and run propaganda
arm of the entire NGO apparatus of regime coups such as Georgia and Ukraine�s
2004 Orange Revolution. Some analysts believe Soros is a high-level operative
of the US State Department or intelligence services using his private
foundations as cover.
The US State Department funded the Georgia Liberty Institute
headed by Saakashvili, the US approved candidate to succeed the no-longer
cooperative Shevardnadze. The Liberty Institute in turn created �Kmara!� which
translates to �Enough!� According to a BBC report at the time, Kmara! was
organized in the spring of 2003, when Saakashvili along with hand-picked
Georgia student activists were paid by the Soros Foundation to go to Belgrade
to learn from the US-financed Otpor activists that toppled Milosevic. They were
trained in Gene Sharp�s �non-violence as a method of warfare� by the Belgrade
Center for Nonviolent Resistance.
Saakashvili as mafioso president
Once he was in place in January 2004 as Georgia�s new president,
Saakashvili proceeded to pack the regime with his cronies and kinsmen. The
death of Zurab Zhvania, his prime minister, in February 2005 remains a mystery.
The official version -- poisoning by a faulty gas heater -- was adopted by
American FBI investigators within two weeks of the Zhvania�s death. That has
never seemed credible to those familiar with Georgia�s gangland slayings,
crime, and other manifestations of social decay. Zhvania�s death was followed
closely by a functionary of the premier�s apparat, Georgi Khelashvili, who
allegedly shot himself the day after his chief�s demise. The head of Zhvania�s
research staff was later found dead as well.
Figures allied with Saakashvili reportedly had a hand in the
premier�s death. Russian journalist Marina Perevozkina quoted Gia Khurashvili,
a Georgian economist. Prior to the fatal incident, Mr. Khurashvili had
published an article in Resonans newspaper opposing the privatization
and sale of Georgia�s main gas pipeline. Ten days before the prime minister�s
body was found, Khurashvili was attacked and his editor-in-chief -- citing
pressure from �security service� figures he refused to name -- issued him a
The late premier�s position on the pipeline issue was
believed the direct reason for the murder of Zhvania. Zhvania�s brother,
Georgi, also told Perevozkina that not long before Zhvania�s death he received
a warning that someone was preparing to kill his brother. Saakashvili was
reportedly livid when the US State Department invited Zhvania to Washington to
win a Freedom Medal from the US Government�s National Democratic Institute.
Saakashvili tolerates no rivals for power it seems.
Saakashvili, who cleverly marketed himself as
�anti-corruption,� appointed several of his family members to lucrative posts
in government, giving one of his brothers a position as chief adviser on
domestic issues to the Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline project, backed by British
Petroleum and other oil multinationals.
Since coming to power in 2004 with US aid, Saakashvili has
led a policy of large-scale arrests, imprisonment, torture and deepened
corruption. Saakashvili has presided over the creation of a de facto one-party
state, with a dummy opposition occupying a tiny portion of seats in the
parliament, and this public servant is building a Ceaucescu-style palace for
himself on the outskirts of Tbilisi. According to the magazine, Civil
Georgia (Mar. 22, 2004), until 2005, the salaries of Saakashvili and many
of his ministers were reportedly paid by the NGO network of New York-based
currency speculator Soros -- along with the United Nations Development Program.
Israeli and US military train Georgian military
The current military assault on South Ossetia and Abkhazia,
in violation of Saakashvili�s pledge to seek a diplomatic not military solution
to the territorial disputes, is backed by US and Israeli military �advisers.� Israel�s
Haaretz newspaper reported that on August 10 Georgian Minister of
Reintegration Temur Yakobshvili �praised the Israel Defense Forces for its role
in training Georgian troops and said Israel should be proud of its military
might, in an interview with Army Radio. �Israel should be proud of its military
which trained Georgian soldiers,� Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew,
referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired.��
One of the targets of Russian bombs near Tbilisi was,
according to IsraelNN.com, �a Georgian military plant in which Israeli experts
are upgrading jet fighters for the Georgian military . . . Russian fighter jets
bombed runways inside the plant, located near Tbilisi, where Israeli security
firm Elbit is in charge of upgrading Georgian SU-25 jets.�
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, also a candidate to
succeed ousted Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, proclaimed on August 10 that
�Israel recognizes Georgia�s territorial integrity,� code for saying it backs
Georgia�s attempt to take South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The reported 1,000 Israeli military advisers in Georgia were
not alone. On July 15, Reuters news wire carried the following report:
�VAZIANI, Georgia -- One thousand U.S. troops began a military training
exercise called �Immediate Response 2008,� in Georgia on Tuesday against a
backdrop of growing friction between Georgia and neighboring Russia. The
two-week exercise was taking place at the Vaziani military base near the
capital, Tbilisi, which was a Russian air force base until Russian forces
withdrew at the start of this decade under a European arms reduction agreement
. . . Georgia has a 2,000-strong contingent supporting the U.S.-led coalition
in Iraq, and Washington provides training and equipment to the Georgian
military. The United States is an ally of Georgia and has irritated Russia by
backing Tbilisi�s bid to join the NATO military alliance . . . �The main
purpose of these exercises is to increase the cooperation and partnership
between U.S. and Georgian forces,� Brig. Gen. William B. Garrett, commander of
the U.S. military�s Southern European Task Force, told reporters.�
With Russia openly backing and training the indigenous
military in South Ossetia and Abkhazia to maintain Russian presence in the
region, especially since the US-backed pro-NATO Saakashvili regime took power
in 2004, the Caucasus is rapidly coming to resemble Spain in the Civil War from
1936-1939, where the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and others poured money and
weapons and volunteers into Spain in a devastating war that was a precursor to
the Second World War.
In a curious footnote to the actual launch of military
fighting on the opening day of the Olympics when Putin, George W. Bush and many
world leaders were far away in Beijing, is a report in IsraelNN.com by Gl
Ronen, stating that �The Georgian move against South Ossetia was motivated by
political considerations having to do with Israel and Iran, according to Nfc. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
decided to assert control over the breakaway region in order to force Israel to
reconsider its decision to cut back its support for Georgia�s military.�
Ronen added, �Russian and Georgian media reported several
days ago that Israel decided to stop its support for Georgia after Moscow made
it clear to Jerusalem and Washington that Russia would respond to continued aid
for Georgia by selling advanced anti-aircraft systems to Syria and Iran.�
Israel plans to get oil and gas from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline from the
Although as of this writing Russian President Medvedev has
announced Russia is halting its military response against Georgian targets, the
situation is anything but stable. The insistence of Washington in bringing
Georgia into its geopolitical sphere and backing an unstable regime around Mikheil
Saakashvili may well have been the straw which broke the Russian camel�s
patience if not his back.
Whether oil pipeline disputes or Russian challenges to
Israel are the proximate trigger for Saakashvili�s dangerous game, it is clear
that the volatile Georgian and his puppet masters may have entered a game where
no one will be able to control the outcome.
F. William Engdahl is
author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order
(Pluto Press), and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic
Manipulation (www.globalresearch.ca). This essay is adapted from a book he has just
completed, titled Full Spectrum Dominance: The Geopolitical Agenda Behind
Washington�s Global Military Buildup (release date estimated Autumn 2008). He
may be contacted through his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.