If Georgia did not stand up for itself, then Russia would definitley "abosrb" Georgia back into Russian control. It sounds like Russia wants another Soviet Union and Georgia would be, or is, the first state it wants to seize control of.
Yes, this smells of WWI
"Opportunity knocks once" Not true... In some cases it never comes knocking, you have to go out and grab it by the hippie pony tail, and drag it over to your place for wine and chocolate."