Totten on Georgia

The Truth About Russia in Georgia

Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia. “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend in typical fashion.

Virtually everyone is wrong.

What I’ve had trouble understanding is why so many people seem to be finding it so difficult to believe that Russia could be anything other than the peacemaker they claim to be.

If the US sent troops into, say, Iranian Kurdistan to “keep the peace” after a group of Kurdish separatists started shooting, how many would perceive the Americans as peace keepers striving for the status quo? No one would, regardless of the truth. And they’d have a pretty good reason not to. Yet the Russians sure seem to be getting the benefit of the doubt in a lot of circles.

It must be because Russia lacks the empire-building history of the United States. That’s the ticket.


  1. Of course not, after all, the media and libs are socialists. They probably all cry themselves to sleep over the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. To watch it come back from the ashes would validate all they belive in and hold dear.

  2. I think its just standard western journalism laziness. Some authoritative source started that meme, and now its become orthodox. The 24 hour news cycle has long since moved past correcting that kind of thing.

    I’ve seen suspicion cast towards the Sov- er, Russians in the media. Its just that they cast an equal amount of suspicion towards Georgia too, and for the most part don’t want anything to do with either’s problems. To me though, a quick thought exercise is all that I need to make up my mind. Who stood to gain the most from all of this? And the answer from what I have seen so far ain’t Georgia.

  3. It’s probably just me, but 24 hour news coverage may be unimportant. For big events like these, each news channel is jockeying for ratings and every little bit of news, however insignificant, or, most likely the case, wrong and merely just a rumour, gets put on the airwaves.

    Sometimes, in certain events, they’ll gravitate to some self-named expert (example: Jack Thompson on the VA tech shootings) who holds a very biased view and often probably don’t know much about the event and merely throwing stuff out there.

    Each side has their own problems, in this conflict. Georgia is trying to maintain its internationally recognized border, Russia is merely taking little tippy-toes back into the region and wondering why its former satelite states are looking forward to the missile shield.

    Personally. With the news coverage nowadays, I just tend to go to BBC for news. A bit bland when compared to American news, but I have more faith in them.

  4. Frankly, I fear for Michael’s life after this report.

    These guys are thugs of a level orders of magnitudes greater than the mid eastern variety he is used to dealing with.

    I suspect most other journalists don’t have the cojones to report what they know about Georgia.

  5. It’s hard to know really who did what, but I have to say, it’s incredibly suspicious that Russia had all the invasion assets ready to go at such short notice. It’s almost as if they planned this in advance…

  6. I didn’t believe the Russians for a second. No way was that invasion a “reaction” to anything. The Ruskies as always, do a great job of lying through their crooked brown teeth.

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