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The Russia/Georgia conflict in three sentences

By Dan:

After Georgia broke away from Russia, South Ossentia and another province tried to break away from Georgia, succeeding autonomy-wise but failing map-wise.  As Georgia cozied up to the United States, Russia cozied up to South Ossentia, deploying “peace-keepers” and distributing Russian passports like candy.  After Georgia decided to crush South Ossentia and its rebels into subission, Russia decided to “defend the peace” … by crushing Georgia—or at least its military—into submission.

Thank you. This actually helps a lot.