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My Theory of Russia Invading Georgia

August 15th, 2008 | By Sonnie

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, made an inspiring speech telling of the destruction left in the Wake of Russia’s push into it’s Sovereign Neighbor’s Territory.

I Love Video Games, I recently started playing Civilization Revolution. It’s a confusing game when you start, but you soon learn the importance of a few things.

Culture is important.

You have to have food. Great People. And Great Structures. If you don’t, your territories won’t grow. The strongest Cultural Cities have a diverse mixture of the above.

Money is important.

Nothing is worse than having War waged against you, and you have to succumb to demands because you can’t build up a troop force to match your opponents fast enough. No matter the victory you seek, money is a necessity.

Science is important.

Being the first to invent something garners many benefits. Countries will offer you Knowledge in Exchange for yours. You have the ability to modernize your forces faster. And it sparks creativity allowing the construction of Great Wonders.

Government Is Important.

Depending on the the time period, you have to switch your government with your goals. Depending on your mindset, You may choose a Monarchy :Sorta like France. You have all these beautiful structures and ambiance, that just draw people back. Feudalism: Sorta Like Russia. You use the government to strengthen your Armies. Despotism: Sorta like Iran. You have the authority to do as you please, but you get no added benefit to the strength of your people. Communism: Sorta like China. You are able to build up your country fast, but you quickly lose the respect of your people. Republic: Sorta like Mexico. You have the ability to send out mass “settlers”, but decreases your ability to be productive. And Of Course Democracy: You get double the Science and Trade, but you can’t declare War, You Can Only Defend Yourself.

You gain the ability of Democracy half way through the game, and I always change and stick with the Democracy. I usually have no need to attack another Country, I concentrate on strengthening my Boarders. I like to win with Culture or Money, though Science is usually easiest to obtain.

The Most Important Aspect Of The Game Is Your Army.

If you do not have sufficient forces in a particular area, No matter your money, culture, or knowledge, You will be attacked. It is a certainty. Some times War is waged from Countries far away from your territories, so I blow them off. I give them nothing. I’m much more willing to negotiate with those on my boarders.

The irony in that is, it comes a point where even my neighbors turn on me. I make them offers, they insist on Violence. I destroy the Armies they send at me and once again offer them peace. They again refuse. Now I’m spending money on troops instead of fixing my country. Then when I demoralize my neighbors and they accept peace, that force from far away rolls up on my Boarders.

While I destroyed their Armies, The Far Away Country moves through their territories, with little resistance, because they wanted a War, with Me.

Crazy how I can even over think a video game, huh? But it’s true.

As Americans, we want all the things our Country stands for. Truth, Justice, and Right to the Pursuit of Happiness. These are the Same Values President Mikheil Saakashvili, damn near cried about in his Press Conference With Condoleeza Rice today. He poured his soul out because while his country embraced Democracy, Russia Chose Violence. While Georgia spent money on beautifying it’s Cities and uplifting it’s Population, Russia chose to strengthen and mobilize it’s Armies.

The next thought is who was the real target. Does Russia gain World Power Status from taking over Georgia. I don’t think so. It’s a message. We’re coming after you. If you don’t give me what I want, there will be War. And Georgia found out the hard way. If you don’t have the Military Force, it’s almost impossible to live in Peace. If Israel was on Russia’s boarder, I bet they would have thought twice. Why not go after Poland, because they have the Military force of America to back them up.

It’s wonderful to want to be a Peace Loving Nation. But until we get to a point where every country feels that way, it’s unlikely to happen. There will always be the BIG GUY the Picks on the Little Guy. And if left unchecked, He becomes Big Enough to Cause Conflict With The Other Big Boys.