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I'm sorry, but that bit in English makes it sound very much as though this is about Russia having imperialist ambitions and wanting to reconquer the areas it lost when the Soviet Union disintegrated.  Of course, I can't read the minds of those running Russia, know what their fantasies are.  That may very well be the plan.  But let's stick to what is actually occurring in reality, and leaving fortune telling to the fortune tellers.  What is happening in reality is wildly complicated, but South Ossetia appears to want complete freedom from Georgia.  So there is conflict between the Georgian gov't. and the separatists in South Ossetia.  Russia has agreed to defend the South Ossetians.  Out of the kindness of their hearts, or for personal gain?  I'm not aware of any country whose foreign policy is based on charity and not self-interest, but apparently this is expected of Russia.  Anyway, Russia said to Georgia, if you attack, we will retaliate.  But frankly, we'd prefer no war.  So, Georgia waited until they thought no one was looking, and attacked.  Russia responds, and suddenly Russia is painted as the aggressor.  That's just not entirely accurate, is it?  Regardless who stands to gain what, by all accounts, Georgia wanted this conflict more than Russia did.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 12:15:07 PM EST
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