I've been trying to figure out what to say about this Russian invasion of sovereign Georgia, but nothing really original comes to mind. Needless to say, this is deplorable aggression, and the massive civilian casualties smack of war crime to me.
- Russian supports South Ossetia, a region of sovereign Georgia that wants to break away from Georgia. Ossetia borders Russia. Russia supports the breakaway republic. Of course, when Russia had its own breakway republic, Chechnya, near-genocide was justifiable to protect Russia's territorial integrity and to prevent Checnnya from seceding. So the hypocrisy of Russia is bald.
- Russia has been bombing outside of Ossetia: the Georgian capital Tbilisi, and around the region of Abkhazia, which is also bordering Russia. I've actually been to Abkhazia, when I was 4, and it was really beautiful (see photos). Very Mediterranean.
- Thanks to the US' Iraq War, we have no moral authority to object to Russia's actions. The Kosovo intervention doesn't help our case either. Russian diplomats are using the exact language: humanitarian intervention, ethnic cleansing of Ossetians, etc. And similar tactics: bombing Tbilisi (capital of Georgia, not Ossetia) is akin to bombing Belgrade (capital of Serbia, not Kosovo) during the Kosovo intervention.
- This may very well be a reemergence of cold war dynamics between the US and Russia: just like the Afghanistan war was a proxy for a war between Russia and the US, so too this war may become a proxy war between Russia and the US, since the US supports sovereign Georgia.