Yet again out news channels have images of planes dropping there deadly payloads, one countries tanks rolling along the streets of another country and reports of massive civilian casualties.
The Russian Georgia crisis over South Ossetia that has escalated to full blown conflict this afternoon should not be dismissed as local troubles because it has much wider implications in world politics.
The origins of the conflict go back to the days of the Soviet Union when Georgia established itself as an independent state when the Soviet Union imploded.
South Ossetia sat within this new Georgian territory and there was a bitter war between the two as South Ossetia battled for its own independence from Georgia with a preference to become an autonomous region within Russia, a conflict that has rumbled on ever since with Russia arming and financing South Ossetia.
The wider implications of today come with Georgia being an ally of the United States and is of key strategic importance as a gateway to the Middle East for the West but mainly that old troublemaker Oil is yet again in the mix. The Baku-Supsa Pipeline runs between Azerbaijan and Turkey through Georgia and is a key provider of energy for the EU and the United States.
And there, as always, is where we get close to what this is really all about and why we should be concerned about today's events. Control over the flow of oil yet again and we have all seen the devastating results of those conflicts only this time it threatens to bring the West & Russia into direct conflict.