Now I know that the reference in this post is not to fresh news. Nevertheless, the face of a nation's leader decomposed with fear is a sad, sad spectacle. Brains and good will and education count for little if the base tones are any other than those comforting old spices - Courage and Decorum:
It was certainly not the Finest Hour of the hare-hearted leader of Georgia when he served as some sort of whining CNN\BBC correspondent on the ground after recklessly endangering his country. Irrespective of how despicable the other's side conduct might be, I believe, with Machiavelli, that: "It makes him contemptible to be considered fickle, frivolous, effeminate, mean-spirited, irresolute, from all of which a prince should guard himself as from a rock; and he should endeavour to show in his actions greatness, courage, gravity, and fortitude; and in his private dealings with his subjects let him show that his judgments are irrevocable, and maintain himself in such reputation that no one can hope either to deceive him or to get round him."