Russian Propoganda

I think that it is a bit odd how many Russians are complaining about “US propaganda” in this recent episode with Georgia.  The land of the KGB is “just protecting its people” offering “peacekeeping” exercises and trying to maintain civility.

Yeah right!

Giving credit where credit is due, the European wire services AFP and Reuters as well as the BBC, Times of London, and even the Guardian have been giving extraordinarily good coverage on the entire Russian-Georgia conflict.

It was Reuters reporters who first uncovered the fact that the Russians were lying about Georgian attacks on the city of Tskhinvali. The Russians claimed 2000 civilians were killed and the city nearly razed to the ground by Georgia. In fact, Reuters got a couple of reporters in the city and saw immediately that Russia had wildly misstated the number of casualties while downplaying the fact that it was their artillery that did most of the damage.

The BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7567184.stm) has been doing a bang up job reporting on the diplomatic ins and outs – the unbelievable naivete of the French who keep getting the Russians to sign pieces of paper on a cease fire and withdrawal and then promptly ignoring what they just promised to do.

Now the Times Online (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4553499.ece) informs us that Russians have been forcing the people of Gori – an extremely important rail and road junction that is the lifeline for the capitol Tblisi – to leave. And they are killing them if they stay.

It has been 48 hours since President Medvedev signed an agreement that Russian troops would stop their movements and leave Georgia. But Putin sees no need to obey what is an unenforceable agreement so he continues his threats against the Georgian capitol, putting enormous pressure on President Saakashvili while the world waits and wonders whether Putin will take it upon himself to overthrow the Georgian leader.

But this move on Gori is perhaps the biggest threat to Georgian sovereignty. It basically cuts the country in two leaving the capitol defenseless and desperately in need of relief supplies. The Russians have also apparently blown up a railroad bridge that was a major link to the Black Sea port of Poti. In effect, Tblisi is isolated and ripe for Russian plucking any time they choose.

But I suppose that these foreign news sources are just poodles to Bush’s warmongering.

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