F/A-18C - Bear Trap, Spring 2011
"Tensions between Russia and Georgia have risen again with Georgia’s act of attacking South Ossetia once more to prevent real or imagined secession. Without a doubt, the conflict threatens to escalate to something more than a border skirmish as Russian armor poured over the border and took up positions to block any Georgian advance into South Ossetia.
NATO has decided to render direct military aid to Georgia this time in order to convince the Russian forces to pull back. Diplomacy is no longer an adequate means of dealing with this conflict, and NATO has a need to show that they will defend allies, territory and resources when and where required. While some suspect Russia is exacting some retribution for Kosovo, NATO also has a vital oil pipeline running through Georgia that it wishes to protect..."