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As Georgia and Russia committed barbarities upon people caught between their disgusting territorial ambitions:

? Neoconservative Robert Kagan asked us not to bother with the details of why Putin counter-attacked Georgia, because, after all, we can’t remember the details of why Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. [Time]

? Russophile journalist Mark Ames lambasted John McCain’s "stark-raving statement" on behalf of summoning NATO to help Georgia. [Exiled Online]

? From the Guardian: "Both sides are behaving badly. It is outrageous that Russia is seizing the chance to attack Georgian towns and airfields." [Guardian]

? Barack Obama spoke with both sides, then blamed Russia, though you’d think someone in the U.S. would also chide Georgia’s leader, Mikheil Saakashvilli, for thinking it was a good idea to shell civilian villages while patterning his foreign policy after that of 12th century king David the Builder. [Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia]

? "The Obama campaign’s attacks on Randy Scheunemann are disgraceful," McCain’s side said after the opponent pointed out that the Republican candidate’s campaign official of the same name lobbied for Georgia. [The Australian]

? McCain has just called for a "multi-pronged diplomatic effort to force Russia to withdraw from Georgia." [AP]

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