great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging
their prejudices.� --Walter Lippman
No one should be surprised that U.S. interference in the Caucasus
has led to the Russian intervention in South Ossetia. By intruding into the
volatile politics of the Caucasus, and trying to recruit the governments there
to become American �fitters� for various purposes, the United States has only
drawn rebuttal Russian fire.
In Washington, Bush stepped out to the White House Rose
Garden to declare that �Russian assaults inside Georgia -- a swift and crushing
deployment of military force that the Russians called �Operation Clean Field�
-- must cease.�
What a misleading blunder! �Operation Clean Field� was
the name given by the Georgians for their initial attack on South Ossetia and
Tskhinvali -- now in ruins -- which was pounded under heavy artillery barrages
by the Georgians, not the Russians. Why are we trying to brainwash the people,
thinking them so dumb so as not to see through these news manipulations? It
would be much more advisable if Mr. Bush would learn how to pronounce the
Georgian leader�s name properly! Don�t you agree?
�It appeared that Russia might be attempting to �depose the
duly-elected� government of Georgia,� Bush said, declaring, �Such action is
unacceptable in the 21st Century . . .� (QUESTION: WASN�T SADDAM HUSSEIN
DULY-ELECTED, albeit in an election no less fair than the one held in Florida
in 2000? Just asking!!)
In its edition of August 14, �The Economist� assented
(although unwillingly) that �Both sides are to blame for the
Russian-Georgian war,� but
stopped short of condemning Georgia for unleashing a war and indiscriminately
bombing Ossetia, and continued with a scathing attack against Russia, even
cynically bringing into play Stalin�s statue. Incredibly, no mention or drawing
of any parallel with Kosovo and Serbia in this totally biased and frivolous
article in such a pretentious publication!
But why does the Western news coverage remain so one-sided
and biased? Coverage in the U.S. and Europe is leaning heavily towards reports
on the Georgian casualties of Russian bombing over the weekend. Few details are
being given about the thousands said to have been killed when Georgia attacked
Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia. The Western media are a
well-organized machine, which is showing only those pictures that fit in well
with their interests. It is rather difficult to manage to squeeze in any
opinion or speculation running counter to their assigned tasks. Haven�t we had
enough factoids yet?
It would have been very relevant if the media had sought to
explain why Serbia�s military intervention against Kosovan separatists was �a
war crime,� while Georgia�s attack on South Osettia was �legitimate�!
Some time before the Georgian invasion, Russia had been
working to secure a United Nations Security Council statement calling for a
renunciation of force by both Georgia and South Ossetia. The statement that
could have averted bloodshed was blocked by Western countries.
How could a country of approximately 4 million people
provoke a country the size of Russia, unless such country were not encouraged
and promised support by another larger country, in this case, the U.S.A.?
Neocons had readied a Wall Street Journal article editorial
page article for Saakashvili declaring, �This is not about Georgia any more.
It is about America, its values.� and that �The war in Georgia is a war
for the West.�
The truth, hidden by most of the corporate media, is that
Georgia�s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, unleashed his -- U.S. and
Israeli-armed and trained -- forces on the tiny autonomous region of South
Ossetia, murdering civilians and attacking Russian peacekeeping troops
stationed there. Only then did Russian troops respond! How much more
humiliation was Russia expected to take?
�Tskhinvali doesn�t exist,� said Anatoly Nogovitsyn, Deputy
Head of the Russian General Staff. �It�s like Stalingrad was after the war.
Schools. hospitals, houses -- all infrastructure is ruined. There�s no water,
no electricity. We will rebuild it.� And all this thanks to the Georgian
overbearing manner and presumptuous claims resulting in its military
At least, Human Rights Watch has finally, after an
on-the-ground inspection, admitted, �Witness accounts and the timing of the
damage would point to Georgian fire accounting for much of the damaged
described [in Tskhinvali].�
Mr. Saakashvili has contemptuously demonstrated that he is
unafraid of aggression and the world�s reaction to it. He totally misunderstood
the Kosovo example at his own expense.
What�s next for poor Georgia?
Since the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991, one after
another former members as well as former states of the Soviet Union have been
coaxed and in many cases bribed with false promises by Washington into joining
the counter organization, NATO. Now Washington is pressuring EU/NATO member
countries to admit also Georgia and Ukraine by next December.
The West-leaning president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili,
has felt that he needs to raise the military budget of his country from US$30
million to US$1,000 million and is also receiving military equipment and
training from the U.S.A. and Israel. Not a very promising and mollifying omen!
As American military cargo planes start landing in Georgia
and the U.S. naval forces arriving in Georgian ports on the so-called
�humanitarian aid� operation just one day after the hostilities ended, much faster
than to Louisiana for the victims of Katrina, a lot of jaws dropped. Viewed in
close relationship to the planned installation of the U.S. missile defence
system in Poland and the radar system in the Czech Republic, many Georgians
have been worried by Saakashvili�s tendency to portray Western support as an
excuse to provoke Russia. Even poor old Poland, not unlike the Czech Republic
and the U.K., has fallen into the trap of becoming an American puppet.
A new world order has grown out of the greed and corruption
of Bush and Co., not excluding U.K. interests. If the Georgians want to live in
the kind of American so-called democracy, i.e., ruled by a small majority of
corrupt individuals who happen to be filthy rich together with the U.S.
military, that would be of their own choosing.
One hopes that the thorns of the so-called �Rose Revolution�
will not continue to shed more innocent blood!
Washington likes to appeal to international law and opinion,
although it�s interesting to note that the championship for disregard to
international law belongs to the United States.
Every country is tired of war, except for the U.S.A. Maybe
war is God�s way of teaching Americans geography.
M. Cachia resides in Vittoriosa, Malta.