Friday, August 8, 2008

Not quite "Some damned fool thing in the Balkans"...

But this could be close. Russian tanks have been sent in to South Ossetia… which is actually a northern part of Georgia.

The Georgians have been fighting “separatists” with ties to Russia for years. It appears that Putin and his meat-puppet are becoming even more transparent:

Russian tanks have entered Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, says Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Georgia has been fighting separatists with ties to Russia in order to regain control of the province, which has had de facto independence since the 1990s.

Georgia is reported to have said any involvement of Russian forces in the conflict will result in a state of war.

Amid international calls for restraint, Russia's president promised to defend Russian citizens in South Ossetia.

Moscow's defence ministry said more than 10 of its peacekeeping troops in South Ossetia had been killed and 30 wounded in the Georgian offensive. At least 15 civilians are also reported dead.

Sounds too much like protecting ethnic Germans in the Sudetenland to me.

Medvedev believes the presence of a Russian is all the authority he needs:

Amid reports of Russian deaths, President Dmitry Medvedev said: "I must protect the life and dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are," Interfax news agency reported.

In a word: “Uh, oh.”

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