1. Several NATO member states want to dissolve the NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council.
2. The Bush Junta is doing it’s best to make a bad situation worse:
[Russian ambassador to NATO, Dmitry] Rogozin was fiercely critical of U.S. support for Georgia and of the agreement Thursday between Poland and the United States on the deployment of U.S. anti-missile interceptors in Poland. He repeated claims that the missile shield is aimed at Russia’s nuclear deterrent, rather than a possible threat from Iran, as Washington insists.
3. Russian military forces are using Georgians as slave labor.
4. It now appears that Russia made the decision to invade Georgia in April, planned and trained for it for months, and was merely waiting for August:
“This was prepared long ago,” [Pavel] Felgenhauer, a Moscow-based military analyst tells RFE/RL’s North Caucasus Service, adding that according to his information, a decision to go to war was made back in April.
“A decision was made for the war to start in August. The war would have happened regardless of what the Georgians did. Whether they responded to the provocations or not, there would have been an invasion of Georgia,” Felgenhauer says. “The goal was to destroy Georgia’s central government, defeat the Georgian army, and prevent Georgia from joining NATO.”
Update, 08/16/08, 10:45 PM:
McClatchy, “Despite ceasefire, Russians appear to be continuing military operations in Georgia:”
On the same day that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced he had signed a ceasefire with Georgia, his military reportedly blew up a key railroad bridge and continued to occupy fighting positions along the main road to the capital…
The deputy head of the Russian military’s general staff, Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, told media in Moscow that there were no troops in Gori. But a McClatchy journalist on Saturday saw dozens of military vehicles pouring out of the city.
The Russians denied destroying the railroad bridge, not far from Igoeti. The blast suspended Azeri rail transportation of crude oil across Georgia to Black Sea ports, according to Russian state media. The Georgian government provided pictures of the collapsed structure. Other recent Russian denials, such as saying on Wednesday that tanks weren’t in Gori, didn’t match what was happening on the ground.
Russian forces were then seen, several hours ago, to be moving on Tbilisi.