The same evening, however, he ordered a general offensive. Through all of Thursday night and Friday morning, Georgian artillery shells and rockets rained down on
Saakashvili assumed that the world's attention would be distracted by the opening of the Olympics, and that the Russian reaction would be slow because Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was off in
But all of his calculations were wrong. There was no delay in the Russian response.
[Excerpt of an article by Gwynne Dyer, The