1. Russia can now interrupt Georgia's oil conduits at will, so once again it has exclusive control over the lucrative and politically influential flow of energy to Western Europe along the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.
2. Russia is a military power again...proud of its independence from world opinion...able to take decisive actions...a world leader. The balance of power in the world has moved away from America which has no cards left to play. (Moreover, NATO is useless in European affairs. Europe can solve its own problems).
3. The Beijing Olympics are a trivial sideshow. There is only gold medal for 2008 belongs to Russia: Misha Saakashvili, NATO and George W. Bush are all Vladimir Putin's fools.
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