THE OUTBREAK of fighting between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia was sudden but not surprising. Conflict has been brewing between Moscow and its tiny, pro-Western neighbor for months. The flashpoints are two breakaway Georgian provinces, Abkhazia and South Ossetia -- the latter being the scene of the latest fighting. The skirmishing and shelling around Georgian villages that prompted Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to launch an offensive against the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, may or may not have been a deliberate Russian provocation, to which Russia's tank and air assault was the inevitable follow-up.
The Washington Post fails to mention the initiating event, which was the shelling of Russian positions and the death of ten Russian peacekeepers. This first attack has been blamed on Georgia, but Georgia denies the attack. This actually makes sense, because it would have been a stupid thing for Georgia to do. Meanwhile, one of the Israeli units working in Georgia is an advanced artillery unit, and Israel has a long history of false-flag attacks to trick other nations into fighting each other (and killing each other off).