Georgia didn’t start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. At the same time, the Russian military sent its invasion force bearing down on Georgia from the north side of the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian side of the border through the Roki tunnel and into Georgia. This happened before Saakashvili sent additional troops to South Ossetia and allegedly started the war.
Russia seen through Georgian eyes:
Totten has his info from a Georgia govt. media advisor, vetted by U. of Montana teacher and author of three books about the Caucasus — Azerbaijan Diary, Georgia Diary and Chechnya Diary — Thomas Goltz, based on his near-20 years of being there.