Update on the Russian-Georgian propaganda war.

Posted: 17 Aug 2008   Print   Send a link
"The US media, which obviously still has the Cold War macros, cranked out stuff about the awful Russians." Paul Wallis, digitaljournal.com, 16 August 2008.
     "Often I find myself in a minority, 'politically incorrect' corner, in my explanations of who really did what to whom. But in the case of Russia's incursion into Georgia, I find myself in the unaccustomed position of taking the majority view. So much so, that a couple of 'Russian experts' have asked me why I don't show my usual independence. Indeed, a standard leftwing commentator on the above-mentioned BBC has been publicly scratching his head, about how any foreign power could be losing a propaganda battle with the Bush administration." David Warren, The Ottawa Citizen, 16 August 2008.
     "Companies such as the state-run Gazprom, which owns strategic pipelines throughout the region, and Russian mobile telephone operators control infrastructure that has allowed Russia to quickly build up a new commercial hegemony. Ukraine and the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were the only former Soviet republics to side with Georgia this week, as Saakashvili's actions handed Putin an easy propaganda victory. Most Western governments and commentators rushed to accuse Russia of blatant aggression in sending its troops into Georgia's territory but Moscow has had little trouble presenting these charges as a case of biased hypocrisy." Peter Wilson, The Australian, 16 August 2008.
     "Russians were told over breakfast yesterday what really happened in Georgia: the conflict in South Ossetia was part of a plot by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to stop Barack Obama being elected president of the United States. The line came on the main news of Vesti FM, a state radio station that — like the Government and much of Russia's media — has reverted to the old habits of Soviet years, in which a sinister American hand was held to lie behind every conflict, especially those embarrassing to Moscow. Modern Russia may be plugged into the internet and the global marketplace but in the battle for world opinion the Kremlin is replaying the old black-and-white movie." Charles Bremner, The Times, 15 August 2008.
     In online discussion, Georgian ambassador to the United States answers questions, including: "Why should Abkhazian and S. Ossetians be forced to live under Georgian rule, if they don't want to? The world has looked favorable on granting independence to other ethnic enclaves, why should these two be any different?" Washington Post, 15 August 2008.
     "As bad as the bloodying of Georgia is, the broader consequences are worse. The United States fiddled while Georgia burned, not even reaching the right rhetorical level in its public statements until three days after the Russian invasion began, and not, at least to date, matching its rhetoric with anything even approximating decisive action." John R. Bolton, The Telegraph, 15 August 2008.