Was Russia in the right?

From “Georgia Offers Fresh Evidence on War’s Start” at NYTimes.com:

“But at a minimum, the intercepted calls, which senior American officials have reviewed and described as credible if not conclusive, suggest there were Russian military movements earlier than had previously been acknowledged, whether routine or hostile, into Georgian territory as tensions accelerated toward war.”

Uhh-ohhh…  I was just talking to my Russian friend who strongly believes, like most Russians, that the Kremlin intervened only after the fact to protect the South Ossetians from Georgian aggression.  She condemned the loss of life on all sides, but still felt Russia was justified in invading, since “Georgia started it.”  We’ll have to see if the grayscale picture emerging here shakes up such black-and-white views…

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