One of the twists and turns of fate and politics was the probable savior of Tbilisi from Tehran’s destruction, by the war with Moscow. Allow me, dear reader, to explain.
During the six days it took the Russian forces to respond to the Georgian genocide, crush the US trained force and capture Gori, it was discovered that the Israelis were directly arming and funding the Georgians. Never mind what this meant for Israeli-Russian relations, since Russia is Israel’s second largest trade partner, primary supplier of oil, gas and tourists. Through captured documents, confessions and an indirect admission from Jerusalem, it was discovered that the reason for this was the Georgian allowance for Israel to use southern Georgian airbases in the upcoming strike on Iran.
Now, this reveals something else about the absolute lack of intelligence at the Georgian top. There is no doubt that Tehran would retaliate with whatever it had. Of course, this would mean missiles and gas. Israel and its cities are prepared, with distribution centers able to provide hazmat masks and suits for every single citizen and plenty of tourists. Bomb shelters as well as advanced anti-missile systems add to the defense.
Georgia and specifically Tbilisi, has none of these and is absolutely unprepared. Furthermore, geographically, Tbilisi is extremely vulnerable to such hits. The city lies along the Kura River, girded by two ridge line on either side of the city. Any hits along this area and the heavier than air gases often used in chemical weapons, would simply slide down the hills, causing mass casualties.
Thus, if not for the war with Moscow, Israel would have sacrificed Georgia in its war with Iran, with hardly a second thought.
The article has been reprinted with the kind permission from the author and originally appears on his blog, Mat Rodina