Some unfortunate “he said/he said” violence in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia looks likely to escalate into full-blown war. Unsurprisingly, Eduard Kokoity, the leader of the province, and the Russian prime minister and president are blaming the Georgians for starting it. The Georgians are blaming the Russians for starting it. Washington is several thousand miles away, so it’s hard to tell from here.
No it isn't. The initiating event was the shelling of the Russian position killing 10 and wounding 30. Would Georgia do such a highly provocative act? Or might someone do it "for them"?
The real goal of this war seems to be to block Russia from being able to support and supply Iran in the coming invasion. Yes, Russia can still supply by air, but at a greatly reduced and more expensive degree of material support.
As long as that strip of land between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea was calm, Russia could send convoys down to Iran.
That is no longer the case as long as these hostilities continue.