Nino Burdzhanadze told the Monitor she believes that Saakashvili ordered the Russian invasion hoax to sow anti-Russia panic and tar Georgia's opposition, which has been calling for his resignation for more than a year.
As EU monitors arrive, new details contradict Russia's assertion that Georgia invaded South Ossetia first.
Oil-pipeline routes, market leverage make struggle a 'battle for energy.'
After weeks of escalating skirmishes with South Ossetia, Georgia moved to regain control of the enclave. Russia responded by sending in tanks.
Russians are flocking back to the Black Sea beaches, although a string of recent bombings exposes the breakaway republic's ongoing tensions with Georgia.
Tensions are growing as NATO and a resurgent Russia divide over future of breakaway statelets.