Why This War?

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili asks today in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, "why this war?". Good question. For days, I refrained from doing a post about the situation in Georgia because I felt I did not know enough about it. However, much has now become clear as Russia continues its offensive despite the offer of a cease-fire by a battered Georgia.

At first, many afforded Russia the benefit of the doubt. Then it became clear that Vladimir Putin had orchastrated his own little war against a political rival, with no plans to back down for anyone or anything.

Once again, the gap between Russia and the West grows. Once again, Putin proves himself to be yet another war-mongering autocrat. Once again, the UN fails to agree on any course of action. Once again, the West fails to take action to prevent what can only be described as an occupation.

Picture: H Henriksson - http://commons.wikimedia.org

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