What's with some of the media coverage and rhetoric surrounding the conflict over South Ossetia? You'd think Russia just decided to attack Georgia for no apparent reason. It was Georgia that, even against Bush administration advice
, decided to launch a full-scale assault on a province that claims independence and has Russian peacekeepers stationed there to protect it. I think that, from the Russian perspective, even the advance on Gori isn't that different from NATO bombing throughout Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. Great power politics is involved, of course, but then it always is.