For all those who don't know, there's a new war zone in the world. Russia and Georgia are now engaged in a war over the Georgian rebel region of South Ossetia. The background is simple; South Ossetia want to separate from Georgian and join Russia.
Georgia, thinking that all the world's attention will be on Beijing for the opening of the Olympics, sent troops into South Osssetia overnight on Friday to take back South Ossetia by force. Georgian forces launched heavy rocket, artillery fire and air strikes that pounded the regional capital Tskhinvali, reducing it to ruins. The gargantuan Russia military responded in kind and now has pushed the Georgian forces out of South Ossetia after only 2 days of fighting. Not happy with just that, Russian forces have now expanded their attacks into Georgia itself. The Russian navy had sunk a Georgian boat that was trying to attack Russian vessels in the Black Sea, and Russian planes had bombed targets in Georgia.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who ordered the first Georgian attack, is now begging for Western and NATO help against (in his words) 'Russian aggression'. The U.S and the European Union are now seeking to stop the fighting.
Now I don't know a lot about Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, but after this episode, I believe that the Georgian people need to seriously reconsider their choice of president. I mean what in the world was he thinking attacking South Ossetia? Does he really think Russia is just going to accept the Georgian attack and do nothing when South Ossetia want to join Russia? Does Saakashvili believe that the U.S and NATO are going to fight Russia on his country's behalf? Of course not! Georgia is a country that most Americans didn't even know existed. U.S President George W. Bush (who will be out of office in 3 months) is not going to go to war with Russia on Georgia's behalf; even in their weakened state, no one want to fight Russia period!
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, described Georgia's actions as "complete genocide." He's wrong; it's complete stupidity!