Georgia was not a NATO member. If it had been, then the Russians would have attacked. If you read how the situation progressed, the US first wanted to keep ABM treaty, but amend it in order to allow limited missile defense as the one which is currently being constructed by the US. Russians wouldn't hear about it, so the only honorable way forward was to terminate the agreement. If the Russians were willing to compromise, the treaty could be still here, so they can blame themselves and their stubborness. Stabilisation of Balkans, perhaps? I don't know, but I also don't see how this is related to Russian irrational fears which stand behind some of the most controversial foreign policy moves by Russia. It isn't, which is what Europeans tried to tell the Americans. HOWEVER, how is this related to Russian foreign policy? Iraq didn't concern Russia, the invasion didn't threaten Russian interests in any way. In fact, when you look at the history, Russia used Iraq as a leverage against the West from the very beginning. It's just another pawn on the chessboard of Russian foreign policy - first thing you have to learn about it is that the Russians are very CYNICAL about their foreign policy, they don't mean most of the things they say. I warned you from using this "other do this too" pseudo-argument. This disproves absolutely nothing of what I said, it just underlines it. I wasn't accusing you of anything, I just mentioned appeasement isn't the right policy towards Russia. Historically it didn't work. What did work was a policy backed by real power - this is what the Russians understand. We're finished, I won't listen to such pathetic accussations. Each time when I discuss Russia, somebody says "you're not objective because you're from a post-commie country". Yeah, right. The West can make deals with Russia, but it must make it clear that the West won't trade other countries like they were some sort of inferior serfs one can shuffle around at will. In other words, the West can talk with Russia, make deals with Russia, but it can't back away from its values.