Russia has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia, after restoring what the Kremlin calls security for civilians and peacekeepers in South Ossetia. According to a statement, President Medvedev told his defence minister and chief of staff that “the goal has been attained”, but so far Russian troops haven’t withdrawn from Georgia. BBC Correspondents say this a ceasefire rather than a peace deal.
So Russia has got it’s way? Is it the case across the world that the biggest military and economic powers in any given region hold all the cards?
If you look at China in Tibet, the US in Iraq and Afghanistan – is the aggressor always the strongest country?
If you go back to the 10 year war between Russia and Afghanistan which started in 1979 – it perhaps tells a different story. But was that down to the US backing the Afghans?
Israel with all of it’s military force hasn’t managed to defeat Hamas
Lebanon and Hezbollah is another example:
Several countries around the world regard Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organisations. Is the age of military might now being undermined by terrorism? When only a few people can attack a strong nation?