The assassination of the Archduke 'was a small thing too" wasn't it?
I suggest you read Guns of August by Barbra Tuchman. WW I was an enormous screw up. By people who thought they were acting rationally.
And who did not want war. Although they expected it.
The situation is analogous. While they didn't have nukes each belligerent country had enormous armies that were set on a hair trigger. Once the German trains began to run they couldn't be called back.
You're citing moves by Poland and Ukraine do nothing to suggest a calming of the situation. And flying supplies into Georgia is not either.
What did they say when asked how many British troops it would the to get Britain involved in WW I. "One, as long as he gets killed."
American personel in the region just makes the situation more dangerous. Acts by Poland and Ukraine that are seen to provocative by Russia are every bit as dangerous.
Going to war is most often NOT a rational act.
Incidentally. The more I read about the situation in Georgia, or rather South Ossetia the more it appear that Georgia was the aggressor.
Georgia attacked S Ossetia and the Russians responded. Among other reasons to protect their peace keeping troops stationed there. See: Informed Comment
Fox News cast from Monday.
Sounds like a legitimate act under the Bush Doctrine.
What is happening in the Caucus is extremely frightening. Especially seeing the American response. Which seems to be a knee jerk ignorant action.
The United States has unnecessarily provoked the Russians by going forward with a boondoggle anti missile system that 1. Won't work 2. violates the treaty we had with Russia.
Bush/Cheney provoking Russia doesn't make the Russian position right. But does make it understandable.