Why this war? This is the question my people are asking. This war is not of Georgia's making, nor is it Georgia's choice.
Memo to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: two wrongs do not make a right.
You chose to participate in an illegal and immoral war based on US and British lies in Iraq.
You then chose to attack Southern Ossetia, killing civilians just the way you had been shown, courtesy of US troops, which had just finished teaching your troops how to "ethnically cleanse" an area,through the "Georgian-US Immediate Response 2008 military exercises", which ended on 31 July of this year.
10 Russian peacekeepers were killed, and an additional 30 wounded. The Georgian military is blamed for this, and if they did not do this, you must let the world know.
Also, scores of South Ossetian civilians have been killed; men, women, children, the elderly, and the medically infirm.
To believe that Russia was not going to respond was, sir, the first colossal failure of imagination in which you and your government indulged.
And to believe that the US and/or NATO would be able to assist you militarily, given the current troop stresses in both Afghanistan and Iraq, was the second colossal failure of imagination.
And so what are you left with?
A potential re-absorption of Georgia, Southern Ossetia, and Abkazia by Russia, which will give them a border all the way to Armenia, which is friendly to both Russia and Iran, and a United States which is militarily impotent to help you.