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Below is footage of a Georgian news reporter who was shot LIVE on TV while giving her report. Tamara Urushadze from Georgia's state-owned news agency, was grazed by a bullet while reporting from a highway near Gori. She was hit in her lower arm. After a few moments, she continues her report while still bleeding. Brave woman.
Russian Invasion Into Georgia.
I am just wondering, doesn't it seem a bit like deja vu with the Russian invasion of Georgia and the German invasion of Czechoslovakia? It seems as if the Georgians are looking to the West for help, but, aside from nice words, are essentially being thrown to the dogs.
See this article: Russia: 'Forget' Georgian Territorial Integrity
By Christopher Torchia, A P Writer
"GORI, Georgia - Russia's foreign minister declared Thursday that the world "can forget about" Georgia's territorial integrity, and officials said Russia targeted military infrastructure and equipment — including radars and patrol boats at a Black Sea naval base and oil hub.
Two American military planes delivered cargos of aid — including food and medicine — to Georgia's wounded and refugees. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he sees no need to invoke U.S. military force in the war between Russia and Georgia. He warned, however, that U.S.-Russian relations could suffer for "years to come" if Moscow doesn't retreat. …"
So, is this the friendship and support the West decides to throw Georgia's way, to wag their fingers at Russia and say, relations COULD suffer for years to come if they swallow their southern neighbor? 'Could' ? Gee, that should make the Russians shiver in their boots and make them run back to mommy.
With friends like those, I think Israel should re-think its relationship with its Western alliances. Israel should retain our good relations, but not depend on them to come to our rescue or broker deals which promise peace, but deliver instead, bloodshed and loss of integral territory and our holy heritage. We can't rely on the West like Czechoslovakia & Georgia, and we certainly can't rely on the Eastern block. That leaves us to our own means, to gear ourselves up for a possible battle with those who wish to see our destruction, and, to lift our eyes towards heaven, and acknowledge G-d's omnipresence. We are after all, a nation that dwells alone (Numbers 23: 9 "it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations."
Israel's leaders are following the tail of the dog in front of us which is chasing wealth and power. We should be leading them, instead, towards light and righteousness. We are after all, the first-born of the nations. As it says in the Torah when God sends Moses to tell Pharaoh, the leader of the world at that time, in Exodus 4:22 "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus saith the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born."
Israel should not be another Czechoslovakia or another Georgia, thrown to the dogs. We are G-d's first born, ...and we should act that way.