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What is This Georgia/Russia All About?

John McCain sees Russia’s invasion of Georgia as a gift from heaven, a chance to bellow and practice the art of Bush-warism.

In reality, it’s a complex picture well-described in The Nation magazine by its publisher, Katrina vanden Heuvel, who writes,

“I am heartsick at the violence and brutalities on all sides. Georgian, South Ossetian and Russian friends have all suffered. Yet commentary in the US media, almost without exception, has turned a longstanding, complex separatist conflict into a casus belli for a new cold war with Russia, ignoring not only the historical and political reasons for South Ossetia’s drive for independence from Georgia but also the responsibility of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili for the current crisis.”

Read this informed commentary in full at The Nation.

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