It is not so funny that the Georgian Army is accused of attempting ethnic genocide in southern Ossetia, that the Russians have been bombing cities in Georgia, that the Georgians or somebody have shot down two Russian fighter planes, and that things seem to be escalating. Dozens, maybe hundreds, by some reports thousands dead. This was especially unfunny a couple of hours ago when my daughter came to be in tears having heard the latest news … her mother is currently in Georgia trapped in a region that is not seeing any fighting, but it is a small country. (Julia is very rarely this upset about anything … she herself was caught in Tblisi the last time the government was semi-violently overthrown, literally stuck in the mob… you get used to these things. Today, though, someone who did not know that her mom was in Georgia was going on and on about how all hell had broken out there, the Russians bombing everything, and so on…)
But of course there is always a lighter side, and it came today with a report that Google News totally screwed up its reporting of this story by showing a map with the Russians invading Georgia. the other Georgia. Here:
I hate when that happens.