Since Russia has launched cyberattacks against Georgia in parallel with their continuing military assault, I feel obliged to highlight sites that the Georgians have been able to use to get information about what is happening in the Russian invasion.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry site: http://georgiamfa.blogspot.com/
Also the President of Poland has established a site on his own Home page in order to get further information out: http://www.president.pl/x.node?id=479
Most .GG websites are at best only intermittently accessable as a result of the Russian cyberattacks.
Russian government actions over the past 96 hours- picking a fight with their small neighbour and then responding is overwhelming and totally disproportionate force have been a massive wake-up call and warning for all of us.
I, and others like Edward Lucas, have warned for some time about the nature of the Putin regime- their can be no doubt about their intentions, determination and recklessness with human life.
The West faces a simple choice: determined resistance to the tyrannical regime of the siloviki now, or open warfare when that regime finally pushes its luck too far.
It is a tragedy that the Georgian people have had to pay the price for Western blindness and willingness to placate the Kremlin.
Despite the tragic blunder of Iraq, despite the greed and folly that have led to the credit crunch, I do not think that it is too late to rally those who believe in the open society. It is time to do so.
Za Wasze Wolnosci i Nasze!