Today's big political story in Europe is the release of the European Union report  on last year's war between Russia and Georgia. Both sides claim a degree of vindication from it: the Russians from the finding that Georgia started the war, the Georgians from the finding that there was prior Russian provocation.

The first finding, however, is much more important. Georgia's supporters -- who most notably included then-presidential candidate John McCain -- have repeatedly denied or ignored it, asserting or implying that Georgia was responding to a Russian attack. To have the truth clearly and authoritatively stated is a major step.