The Russian invasion of the former Soviet republic of Georgia comes at an unfortunate time. During the Olympics, which symbolizes world unity and sportsmanship.
Not that an invasion at any other time wouldn't have resulted in casualties anyway. But starting a conflict during the Olympics is considered bad form on the world stage.
But an interesting counter symbol to the conflict occurred yesterday. When competing Olympians from Russia and Georgia embraced at the Games.
This serves as a reminder that wars are not about peoples hating one another. Wars are about decisions by governments. The people those governments profess to represent don't get a vote on this, the most important public policy issue, that affects their lives.