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The American Media Still Doesn’t Get Russia Right

The way the Russian invasion of Georgia was framed by the American media is from the same script that Zbigniew Brzezinski and the American media used to frame the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The American media got it all wrong back in 1979 and it’s still getting it all wrong in 2009.  Just like the British empire, Brzezinski’s obsession has always been to contain Russia in its own neighborhood and Brzezinski is still pushing the same  worn out 19th century British colonial strategy turned 20th century “Cold War” stratgy of containment against Russia in the 21st century!       

The Nation  August 12, 2009

Myth, Meth and the Georgian Invasion  Beat the Devil By Alexander Cockburn 

A year ago, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili sent Georgian troops into South Ossetia on a murderous rampage, with civilian casualties put by Irina Gagloeva, the spokeswoman of South Ossetia, at 1,492. Much lower numbers have been offered by Western sources. Georgian soldiers butchered their victims with great brutality. Kirill Benediktov, in his online book on the invasion, reports that these soldiers were equipped–so subsequent searches of bodies and prisoners of war disclosed–not only with NATO-supplied food packages but with sachets of methamphetamine and combat stress pills based on MDMA, aka the active ingredient of Ecstasy. The meth amps up soldiers to kill without mercy, and the MDMA derivative frees them of subsequent debilitating flashbacks and recurring nightmares. Official use of methamphetamine and official testing of MDMA in the US armed forces have been discussed in news stories.

There was never any serious doubt that Saakashvili, with covert US encouragement and military training and kindred assistance, started the war. In June of this year, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel ran a piece, seemingly based on a reading of a draft report by Heidi Tagliavini, who heads the European Union’s fact-finding commission on the Georgian war. Despite the subsequent stentorian denials of a much-embarrassed Tagliavini, Der Spiegel’s editors stood by their story: “The facts assembled on Tagliavini’s desk refute Saakashvili’s claim that his country became the innocent victim of ‘Russian aggression’ that day.”

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