Russia will absorb South Ossetia "in several years" or earlier, a position that was "firmly stated by both leaders," Gassiyev said.
Just like Kosovo, huh Alan? Wake up and smell the napalm. This ain't tit-for-tat. This is an act of Russian aggression that awaited a suitable Casus belli on the part of the Georgians, which Saakashvili gave them in spades, but does not change the fact that they eagerly awaited it. Please, please stop being so naive.
First, al-Sadr is a patriot. Now, Russia is modeling this Georgia issue on the former Yugoslavia. Puh. Leez.