August 10, 2009 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Long Knives in Sukhumi

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Georgia, Triumphant!

(3)  Sidorov on Georgia and Russian Imperialism

(4)  The West must not Abandon Georgia (Again)

(5)  The Women of Gori Remember Russian War Crimes

NOTE:  A special issue devoted to the Russian threat against Georgia on the one-year anniversary of the war of aggression by Putin against Saakashvili.  Remember this first of all:  Russia lied about civilian casualties in Ossetia, claiming thousands were killed in “genocide” when in fact only 162 were killed, 40% less civilian casualties than Russia inflicted on Georgia.  If anyone was guilty of “genocide,” then, it was Russia.  Russia has never apologized for its lies, and that tells you all you need to know about its role in war.  As the New York Times states:  “It was as if senior Russian officials pulled out a dog-eared Soviet propaganda playbook that called for hurling the most outlandish charge, without recognizing that in the modern global media climate, their credibility would quickly suffer if the facts proved otherwise”

4 responses to “August 10, 2009 — Contents

  1. From the NYT article:

    @With the South Ossetian conflict, the Kremlin saw hypocrisy, asking why it was proper for the West to deploy force to support Kosovo in the face of supposed Serbian violence against civilians, but not for Russia to do the same thing for South Ossetia.
    “It is laughable when people suggest that we should first count the dead, implying that if there was such and such a number, it would be genocide, but 100 people less and it is not genocide,” Mr. Medvedev said. “Of course, only people who used their aircraft to bomb Yugoslav territory for 90 days could think this way.”

    Kremlin “saw hypocrisiy”? Tens of thousands people died in the battles for Grozny (bombed and bombarded for longer than 90 days in the second war’s siege). There were massacres in which they would kill very possibly hundreds of civilians (all Russian citiziens, including ethnic Russians) at the time on a single day, like in Samashki in 1995 or in Katyr-Yurt in 2000 – so, how many is ” such and such a number” to “be genocide”? 262?

  2. SCAN: Onishchenko on top five list of persons quoted by Russian media

    Today, 13:06 | Interfax-Ukraine

    The foreign persons most frequently mentioned by the Russian media on the first week of August included Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (702), U.S. President Barack Obama (637), Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (610), South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity (492) and Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili (371).

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