To its credit, the Washington Post has run a number of op-ed pieces in recent days from Russophiles (including Mikhail Gorbachev) who wish to rationalize and support the Russian invasion of Georgia.

Not only does doing so remove any attempt by the Post’s critics to claim it is biased (it’s one of the world’s leading voices in opposition to the Putin dictatorship and has issued a series of blistering editorials condemning Russian aggression), but the very best way of destroying the Russophile position is to simply let them try to state it.

I have found the defenses unconvincing.