IS THIS MORON CRITICIZING GEORGE BUSH FOR EMBRACING PUTIN??? WHAT'S BUSH TO DO, BEAT UP PUTIN? BOMB RUSSIA? UNBELIEVABLE!
Georgia conflict: Screams of the injured rise from residential streets
The ground shook and a series of explosions rippled through the air. From the middle of a housing estate in the Georgian town of Gori a huge fireball rose into the sky, twisting and mushrooming as if in slow motion. Choking dust swirled above the debris, darkening the sky. A brief silence followed and then the screaming started.
But as events have unfolded differently, Washington has offered Georgia - one of the largest contributors of troops in Iraq - little more than lukewarm vocal support.
In a demonstration of the fact that Georgia could be abandoned by its chief ally, President Bush warmly embraced Mr Putin at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing on Friday.
With the West apparently unwilling to participate in a proxy war with Russia at a time when relations with Moscow are already highly strained, Georgia now faces potential isolation in its conflict with its giant neighbour.
Already the economic consequences of the war are being felt as Western specialists involved in helping Georgia develop its infrastructure began to flee.
Americans and Britons gathered in hotels in the capital Tbilisi to organise road convoys into neighbouring Armenia after Russia closed its air space and most airlines cancelled flights after a military base close to the airport was bombed on Friday.
"Its the last straw," said a British architect who was preparing to leave Georgia for good. Three days ago we were making promising progress but now two thirds of our staff have been called up and its simply too dangerous to stay in Tbilisi."
The Georgian government yesterday ordered the evacuation of the country's parliament and all official buildings amid fears that they could become new Russian targets.
By a swimming pool in one hotel, a nervous American clutching a Blackberry read out the latest advice from the US Embassy to her friends. All dependants had been ordered to evacuate and anyone in the country for "non-essential" reasons was also urged to leave.
At the news, one of her friends sank his head into his hands.
"The Georgian dream is over," he said.