Less than a year after fighting a devastating five-day war against Georgia, Russia is again massing troops near the border, and some Western diplomats fear another invasion may be imminent. Total war may not be necessary for Russia to accomplish its goals, however. Moscow wants Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili deposed, a more pliant leader installed, and the West shut out of its Caucasus backyard. Simply the threat of war, along with some covert destabilization work, may push Georgians into compliance without the additional persuasive power of Russian tanks.
Moscow planning another Georgia invasion?
The threat of war may push Georgians into complying with Russia's wishes