Russia blameless over Georgia
I was appalled to open the Leader-Post on Aug. 12, days after many well-hidden facts about the Georgian-Russian conflict had already come to light, and see the headline “Putin’s bare aggression puts West on the spot” (Viewpoints, Aug. 12).
This column (or propaganda, to be more accurate) was a complete reversal of the facts. To see it republished so late in the game was a sad statement about just how far the Canadian press has fallen.
The article’s statement that “many” (who are not identified) “had theorized that a nation willing, in service to imperial ambition, to manipulate oil and gas supplies, impose trade blockades, unleash cyberattacks and sponsor or at least tolerate assassinations of enemies abroad, might not hesitate to wield outright military force; that supposition, too, was confirmed” was very ironic, since the Georgian military — which incited this battle by firing on civilians and a Russian military outpost — was trained and supported by the Israeli and American militaries, and “advised” by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Mossad.
The current Israeli and American governments, which added this crisis to the long list of conflicts they’ve incited in recent years, are more guilty of all of the specific points made in that statement than any others.
It’s not surprising that the American government and media would distort the reality of the conflict. After all, the involvement of both the U.S. and Israel raises several intriguing questions. Was this simply a continuation of the belligerent attitude toward Russia held by the ruling “neo-conservative” extremists in Washington?
Is this part of a larger program? Was this about gaining control over the Georgian pipelines from the Caspian Sea basin, which rival the new pipelines built by the U.S. in Afghanistan? Or, since two more U.S. aircraft carrier groups started for the Gulf on the day of the initial attack, and Russia maintains defense ties with Iran, was this designed to bog down Russia in a regional conflict, in order to minimize any possible Russian response to any Israeli/American aggression against Iran?
The article’s last paragraph claims that “as nations on Russia’s periphery have turned west for help in safeguarding their independence, the West has responded ambivalently, offering sympathy, but often little else”. This is not true. The CIA has long been a hidden hand behind many of the region’s independence movements, acting in the name of America’s own imperial interests and its desire to undermine Russian power and influence. In recent years, the Bush administration has become increasingly hostile towards Russia, pursuing provocative policies that harken back to the frightening days of the Cold War.
I noticed, after reading the article, that it was culled from the Washington Post. Perhaps, since the U.S. media has all but destroyed its own credibility over the past eight years, Canadian publications should look elsewhere for analysis on sensitive world events such as this one. Or, here’s a radical idea: research and write them yourselves.
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