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Where in the world is South Ossetia?

Am I the only one who had never heard of South Ossetia before the recent conflict between Georgian and Russian military forces there?

This means I've had some catching up to do over the last few days, and I feel like I need an international relations degree before I can even read a news story that explains what is really going on there. So far it has been "Russian officials say/deny" and "Georgian officials say/deny."

Though Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others are correct to call for a ceasefire, it will take a while for me to sort out the he-saids and she-saids to know what the heart of the problem is. Both President Bush and presidential aspirant Barack Obama have made clear injunctions to Russia to quit meddling with the sovereign territory of Georgia -- but to me it doesn't look quite that simple.

Meanwhile, thousands are dead or displaced.

What do you do when you hear of such horrors halfway around the world?

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