Mainstream media is lying about the start of the war. Russia did not attack Georgia.
The NATO & US supported Georgian government did a sneak attack on Russia on 8/08/08.
Why? I dunno but probably to further build up tensions with Russia (also see US' missile defence system in Poland)
Georgians know their corrupt government attacked first:
Russia says that Georgia's attack on the independence-seeking region of South Ossetia was likely executed with the United States' approval.
"It is hard to imagine that (Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili embarked on this risky venture without some sort of approval from the side of the United States," Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told Russia's NTV television on Wednesday.
Israel backs Georgia in Caspian Oil Pipeline Battle with Russia
Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, Aug. 8, bringing the Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax. http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1358Washington sanctioned assault on South Ossetia acc to Paul Craig Roberts, a former assistant secretary to the treasury in Ronald Reagan's administration
Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgian President Calls for US Intervention & A New World Order: