Friday, August 8, 2008

"Georgia on my mind. Tanks for the memories."

TSKHINVALI, Georgia (The AP) August 8, 2008 -- Georgian troops launched a major military offensive Friday to regain control over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, prompting a furious response from Russia — which vowed retaliation and sent a column of tanks into the region (photos above).

The fighting was the worst outbreak of hostilities since the province won de-facto independence in a war that ended in 1992 — raising fears that war could once again erupt.

Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said a convoy of Russian tanks had crossed into South Ossetia from the neighboring Russian province of North Ossetia and was moving toward the regional capital of Tskhinvali.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned that the Georgian attack will draw retaliation and the Defense Ministry pledged to protect South Ossetians, most of whom have Russian citizenship.

Danz View: I wonder if Mr. Bush's "missile shield" would have helped the Ossetians against the Georgians who are against the Russians? Probably not. Also, I suspect that Mr. Bush didn't see this coming when he looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and saw his soul when they first met.

SWAG: Another mess for our new U. S. president on January 20, 2009...

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