“Today the situation is much more serious than before AugustÂ 2008….[A] possible recurrence of war will not be limited to theÂ Caucasus.
“The new President of the United States did not bring about anyÂ crucial changes in relation to Georgia, but having a dominantÂ role in NATO he still insists on Georgia’s soonest joining of the Alliance. If it happens, the world would face a more seriousÂ threat than the crises of the Cold War.
“Under the new realities, Georgia’s war against South OssetiaÂ may easily turn into NATO’s war against Russia. This would beÂ a third world war.” (Irina Kadzhaev, South Ossetia political scientist, South Ossetia Information Agency, April 2009
On May 12 James Mattis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation [ACT] and commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, spoke at a three-day symposium called Joint Warfighting 09 in Norfolk, Virginia, where NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is based, and stated: “I come with a sense of urgency. The enemy is meeting like this as well.”