Media Whiteout: Who’s the Real Bully in the Russia-Georgia War?
Our media have ignored the build-up to this war, the same as they are now whitewashing the real bully in this war. The media, instead, perpetuate the myth that South Ossetia is somehow being “saved” by the U.S. and Georgia, despite that they do not want to be “saved” from a willing alliance with Russia. Make no mistake: This is a war of choice. This is a war for oil. This is a war started by the Bush Administration, using Georgia’s Mikhail Saakashvili as its pawn, and Russia as the ruse. Perhaps our administration didn’t really believe all those Russia warnings of retaliation. Perhaps Bush-Cheney thought their Georgia pawns and mercenary armies could overwhelm the pro-Russian province of South Ossetia (and likely their neighbor, Abkhazia, too) as brutally as America’s Ethopian pawns have overwhelmed Somalia. Or, perhaps Bush-Cheney couldn’t care less what anyone thinks or says about the atrocities they commit in the name of spreading freedom and democracy.
As recent history has shown, the war crimes of the Bush Administration are so layered in lies that — by the time the rest of the world figures out the real truth — the death and destruction are little more than a footnote in the history of yet one more nation, swallowed up by the Bush-Cheney war machine. Soon forgotten in George Bush’s crafty war rhetoric will be the South Ossentian citizens — that’s innocent men, women, children and vulnerable elderly citizens — who were brutally slaughtered in the first day alone of this war by Saakashvili’s hand. The rest of South Ossentia citizens — those ‘lucky’ ones, who have scrambled for safety, toward the Russian border, and whose lives have been forever altered as their homes and their villages have been decimated — will likely not even be allowed the trivial dignity of a footnote.
And this aspect deserves bold-face type: these citizens are fleeing — not into Georgia, but into Russia. Whose media version does this part of the story fit? The American media version — in which Russia is waging an unprovoked and ‘disproportianate’ war on Georgia? The American version, in which the U.S. and Georgia merely sought to save the poor little, independent province of South Ossentia from the evil empire? Or the version told by both Russia and South Ossetia — versions that paint Georgia and the U.S. as war criminals, slaughtering innocent citizens in their illegal invasion of South Ossetia?
Do you suppose the South Ossentians are lying? Do you suppose that Sarmat Laliyev, a 28-year old South Ossentian, fleeing toward Russia, was lying, when she said, “We lost our city … The Georgians are like Nazis, they are killing civilians, women and children with heavy artillery and rockets”?
No doubt, the majority of US citizens, in their perennial ignorance of world politics, in general (and of any issue, in particular, that doesn’t involve Paris, Brittney, J-Lo, Angelina or Madonna) will start waving American flags and railing against the godless evil empire: Bush is the good guy, here. After all, he’s calling for peace, right? And peace is good. Even George Bush’s brand of peace, is good, right? I mean, sometimes peace means you gotta go to war, but that’s okay, too, so long as it’s not on American soil….
One important difference between Georgia and, say, Kosovo–Yugoslavia is that, this time around, the US is staging its proxy war right on Russia’s border. And Russia has made clear that they are not going to be so indifferent this time around. Bush-Cheney knew this, of course, before they equipped Georgia to attack South Ossetia, which begs the question: What are they thinking?
For years, Washington has been supporting and/or installing Georgian politicians who are favorable to the U.S. oil agenda — most recently the corrput autocrat, Mikhail Saakashvili — while pouring military aid into the Georgia, and arming and training their troops for… for…. For what? For war. This has been utterly clear to Russia over the past several years, and especially over the past several months, as they’ve watched U.S. and Georgia forces amass on the Russian border, as part of the euphemistically named “NATO Partnership for Peace program.”