The pictures from Georgia on the BBC News and Newsnight tonight, together with eyewitness accounts shoud lay to rest any suspicion that the Russians are the good guys in the South Ossetian conflict. The accounts of the refugees are heartbreaking. The whole area is being cleansed of Georgians. Houses are being burned now, innocent bystanders are being beaten up - and worse. Russian troops, far from withdrawing from Georgian territory are moving further into it. They are not confining their operations within the borders of South Ossetia. Gavin Hewitt's pictures do not lie.
I was heartened by George W Bush's remarks this evening - not something I often say. He has rightly made a stand and I hope our government will follow suit with equally unequivocal language. He has told Russia exactly what the West expects of it - to respect international borders and to allow in humanitarian aid to the displaced Georgians.
The long term consequences of this conflict are enormous and I don't think anyone can yet contemplate exactly what they may be.