Ossetia. It’s all about the price of oil?

(Detail of map from University of Colorado. Click for full map.)

While the US has certainly been training and arming troops from Georgia, Russia has been doing the same in South Ossetia, and indeed their tanks have entered there – in other words, they’ve invaded another country.

Hold on for this shocker.

Analysts said the escalating conflict in South Ossetia risked major consequences for a region that has become a test of the post-Cold War balance of power, as well as a key energy transit point for Europe which needs oil and gas from Asia.

Lest we overlook the obvious, Russia wants control of that just as much as the US does.