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Friday, August 08, 2008

Georgia Update

From the Times Online:
Russia and Georgia were on the brink of war last night after Moscow responded to a Georgian offensive in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia by sending tanks, troops and war-planes across the border.

More than a thousand civilians were reported to have been killed and large parts of Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, were reduced to ruins as a conflict with potentially global repercussions erupted after months of rising tension. Georgia announced last night that it was withdrawing half of its 2,000 troops from Iraq as it ordered an all-out military mobilisation.

The country is the West’s strongest ally in the region, one of the staunchest supporters of America’s War on Terror and a vital conduit for Western oil and gas supplies from Central Asia.

“We have Russian tanks moving in. We have continuous Russian bombardment,” President Saakashvili declared as he appealed for international support. “Russia is fighting a war with us in our own territory.”
Watching the Olympics opening ceremony with the family, and, while I know this was at approximately 8:00 AM this morning our time, saw an exchange between Bush and Putin in the stands. Seemed to go on for some time. Can't help but wonder what it was the two were talking about.

Lord, I hope Dubya wasn't looking into Putin's soul again.

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