According to a report in the International Herald Tribune Poland has agreed to a long-stalled deal to place an American missile-defense base on Polish territory. Commenting on the agreement Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said that:
Energy experts say that the hostilities between Russia and Georgia could threaten American plans to gain access to more of Central Asia’s energy resources at a time when booming demand in Asia and tight supplies helped push the price of oil to record highs.
In addition to the battles taking place in South Ossetia and beyond, another war is in progress in cyberspace. According to the Shadowserver Foundation a number of Georgian websites, including that of president Mikhail Saakashvili, have been subject to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.