Imagine That, the Propaganda Was Incorrect
August 27, 2008 3 Comments
Everyone knows that Georgia “started” its current conflict with Russia.
Michael Totten reporting from Georgia says that everyone is wrong.
Virtually everyone is wrong. Georgia didn’t start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. At the same time, the Russian military sent its invasion force bearing down on Georgia from the north side of the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian side of the border through the Roki tunnel and into Georgia. This happened before Saakashvili sent additional troops to South Ossetia and allegedly started the war.
Read the thing. The whole thing.
What’s amazing is that Russian use of lying propaganda wasn’t at all subtle or secret. It’s just that some segment of the West – especially that segment of the West that on other issues likes to consider itself enlightened and skeptical of (U.S.) government claims – chooses to believe it anyway. Funny how little has really changed.