Human Rights in Georgia
Russia is a big, fluffy but misunderstood pussy-cat - how the August war started?
Jeffrey K. Silverman
The language of a related media release published in a pro-government newspaper, "24 Hours" best sums up the tone and direction of the recent panel discussion that was more one sided than an actual discussion. http://www.potomacinstitute.org/media/mediaclips/2008/Smith_24Saati_Gassiev_9_22_08.pdf
But Saakashvili is no longer as confident in his allies' support. Ahead of NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's visit to Tbilisi, Saakashvili called upon the Western alliance to show its resolve, noting that a display of weakness toward Moscow would lead to "a never-ending story of Russian aggression."
Moscow investigators also conceded, for the first time, that the number of civilian casualties of the Georgian assault on Tskhinvali was not 2,000, as Russian officials have repeatedly claimed, but 134.