Originally Posted by @_@ Artman
Let's see if I got this straight:[LIST][*]Georgia broke away from Russia.
Georgia did not break away from Russia. Georgia was part of the USSR which dissolved. The Georgian borders were accepted by the Russian Federation and the international community.
The Russian Empire annexed Ossetia in 1801...along with Georgia.
[*]South Ossetians want to break away from Georgia and be part of Russia.
As did Chechnya from Russia. However the difference is that the S. Ossetian indepence movement has not been diplomatically acknowledged by any country in the UN.
There's still a largish Georgian population in S. Ossetia. The Georgian population wants to remain Georgian rather than Russian. This is why the independence referendum was rejected by the international community. They excluded ethnic Georgians from voting in the referendum by simply not polling there.
The georgians are scattered across S. Ossetia and were about 25% of the population.
[*]Georgia started the war.
Yes. Not much of a war though. However, if the Russians had been replaced by an EU peacekeeping force this probably never would have happened.
However, giving Russian citizenship to S. Ossetians is not a "neutral" act. It's called "annexation".
[*]The US is flying Georgian troops back to Georgia.[*]That is as far as we should go, except diplomatically.
Diplomatically we should pound the hell out of the Russians for attacking our ally and a pro-western democratic government. They can take S. Ossetia from the Georgians but they should pay as heavy a price as we can manage.
Militarily we should do no more than we've done thus far.