This is some crazy shit that is happening over in the Republic of Georgia.
Two years ago I spent a month in this country. It was an amazing experience that will not be forgotten (pictures).
It always struck me as one of the oddest places I have yet to visit. To the North is Mother Russia, fierce, angry and red. Nestled between these two countries is the disputed area of Chechnya (remember the bombing of the movie theater). To the South is Armenia and to the West lies dormant Turkey (recall the genocide of the Armenians by the Turks - which they still have not admitted to). If you go East you can see Azerbijian (Muslim and Turkic peoples).
This is a true melting pot. There are Christians in Armenia, Russia and Georgia. There are Muslims in Chechnya, Turkey and Azerbijian. This region has a checkered past and roaring torrents of hostility to this day.
This images that I saw today coming out from Georgia are horrifying. Some of the images were taken in the city of Gori. This was the birthplace of Stalin and a city I visited two years ago. Its crazy all this fighting.