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Georgia War

EU Report: Georgia Started 2008 War, Russia Provoked And Overreacted

AP | RAF CASERT and DOUGLAS BIRCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BRUSSELS — Georgia and Russia both claimed to find vindication in Wednesday's independent report on the causes of their 2008 war, but neither seemed likely to be able to take the moral high ground because of its blunt judgments.

The EU-sponsored report supports Russia's insistence that Georgia launched the short but intense war with an indiscriminate rocket and artillery barrage on the separatist capital of South Ossetia – an act the commission said was not justifiable under international law.

Georgia can find support for its claim that Russia taunted and provoked it for years before the assault, then responded with disproportionate force, sending armored vehicles deep into undisputed Georgian territory.

Russia's retaliation went "far beyond the reasonable limits of defense," the report said, rejecting claims the country was trying to prevent genocide with its invasion of its southern neighbor, a former Soviet nation with fervent hopes of joining the EU and NATO.

The beginnings of the July 2008 war had been murky, its aftermath contentious.

Why the Nation and the World Need Barack Obama

Amb. Richard C. Holbrooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Richard C. Holbrooke

The two candidates offer a clear choice between a confident man and a highly emotional one, between a major change in the nation's direction and a minor one, between a combative style and a more conciliatory one.

Russian Forces Begin Pullback In Georgia

AP | MIKE ECKEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GORI, Georgia — Columns of hulking, smoke-belching Russian tanks rolled out of key positions deep inside Georgia Friday as Moscow declared it ha...

How the Bush Administration Created the Disaster in Georgia

Mark Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Kleiman

Jonathan Landay of McClatchy, which has been pound-for-pound the best news organization in the U.S. since 2001, has the gory details, and doesn't even front them.

Some Questions for the MSM To Ask About the War in Georgia - and The US Role

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Why haven't any citizens or government officials from the autonomous Province of South Ossetia been interviewed by the MSM?

Oil Prices Finally Bristle At Georgian Conflict

AP | MADLEN READ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Oil prices finished at a new three-month low Monday after briefly dropping below $113 a barrel mark, as the dollar extended its rebou...

What a Convenient Little War for The Republicans

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

McCain gets to act and talk tough against the Russians, while Obama is on vacation in Hawaii, issuing "can't we all get along statements." It perfectly augments Republican campaign points.

1,500 Reported Dead As Battle Escalates In Georgia

New York Times | Anne Barnard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The conflict between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia moved toward all-out war on Saturday as Russia prepared to land ground troops on...

Georgia "In A State Of War" Says Foreign Ministry

AP | MUSA SADULAYEV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OUTSIDE TSKHINVALI, Georgia — Russia and small, U.S.-allied Georgia headed toward a wider war Saturday as Russian tanks rumbled into the contest...