Co může Západ udělat

TBILISI – Vzhledem k& obrovským škodám, které Rusko napáchalo v& Gruzii, lze snadno dospět k& závěru, že Kreml dosáhl svých cílů. Zároveň však zatím Rusko nesplnilo svůj skutečný cíl – zbavit se Michaila Saakašviliho, prodemokratického a proamerického prezidenta Gruzie.

Jistě, Rusko posílilo svou kontrolu nad separatistickými enklávami Jižní Osetie a Abcházie. Rozdrtilo gruzínskou armádu, bolestně poškodilo gruzínskou ekonomiku a rozvířilo nesváry uvnitř západní aliance. V průběhu tří let vyzkoušelo všechny myslitelné taktiky, aby dosáhlo Saakašviliho pádu – podněcovalo domácí povstání, uvalilo na Gruzii hospodářskou blokádu, posilovalo svou vojenskou přítomnost v& enklávách a nakonec vyprovokovalo válku. Gruzínský prezident však nadále setrvává u moci.

Zde v& Tbilisi pochopitelně panuje značné napětí. Ruské tanky se nacházejí necelých 40 kilometrů odtud, a když jsem projížděl přes ruská kontrolní stanoviště, abych se dostal do opuštěného a okupovaného města Gori, pšeničná pole podél hlavní silnice hořela, neboť je zapálili ruští vojáci. (Nejnezapomenutelnější zážitek: opilí ruští vojáci v& ukradených gruzínských uniformách – „protože jsou lepší než naše“.)

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