The Western Media, Craven Shills for their Neocon Masters

I noted in my first post, Flare-Up in the Caucasus,

Even normally Russophobic media outlets, from what I’ve seen, cannot quite manage to spin this in an anti-Russian way (although I may have to retract this point, when the Op-Ed’s have been written up).

Well, I’m retracting it now. The propaganda model has been kicked into high gear in the West and turned squarely against Russia. Although it is acceptable for Georgia to attack Ossetia, with callous disregard for the lives of Russian citizens and UN-mandated peacekeepers (not to mention rumors of genocide), Russia cannot put a single plane over the territory of Georgia without inciting a chorus of condemnation from the Western hypocrites. (It’s totally OK in Kosovo’s case, but let’s not dwell on this uncomfortable comparison, at least for now).

Of course, expanding the conflict beyond South Ossetia is not only fully justified from a moral perspective, but it is also a military necessity. It would be stupid to allow Georgian armed forces to maintain perfect logistics and arrive fully-equipped, battle ready and full of morale, into South Ossetia. The fact Russia has limited itself to spoiling strikes against military and infrastructural targets and a naval arms embargo speaks of tremendous restraint, which can only be applauded.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start from the beginning, to see just how well the Western media meets its ideals of transparency and objectivity, which it constantly tries to push down Russia’s throat.

The Settings

Georgia is an ethnically heterogenous country. Ossetians are a separate minority, culturally, ethnically and linguistically, from the dominant ethnic group in the country. They were arbitrarily divided into two separate regions by Stalin. When the Soviet Union began to crumble, Georgia started asserting its authority, establishing Georgian as the national language in 1989 and barring regional parties in 1990. The Ossetians didn’t much like these Georgian nationalist tendencies and declared an independent republic. The Georgian President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia (much-admired by Saakashvili) responded by abolishing South Ossetia’s autonomous status and sending in troops Tskhinvali in January 1991. Atrocities were committed on both sides and the bitter fighting left a thousand Ossetians dead and 100,000 displaced. Many of the Georgians living there were also cleansed in retaliation. To prevent the conflict escalating further, Russia pressed a ceasefire upon Georgia and an OSCE peacekeeping force was stationed in South Ossetia. Its composition was Russian since at the time the UN was short of troops.

Map of Georgia with its ethno-political divisions (note: Ajaria was
reabsorbed into Georgia’s fold)

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the old passports were no longer legitimate and as such South Ossetians had the choice between a Georgian or a Russian one. Since Russia is a federation which affords its regions significant autonomies, whereas Georgia is a traditional nation-state set on imposing its cultural standards on all within its borders and which showed no compunctions about attacking the Ossetians, it is no wonder that the vast majority of Ossetians opted for Russian passports. (The policy of giving out Russian passports is not particularly sinister. Romania had a similar scheme with Moldova, and few accused Bucharest of wishing to annex their northern neighbors. The South Ossetians, on the other hand, themselves want to get into Russia for protection against Georgian imperialist pretensions.)


Mikhael Saakashvili got a scholarship from the US State Department, studied at American universities and worked at a New York law firm. Meanwhile, his Presidency after the Rose Revolution has been characterized by a highly nationalistic, Russophobic policy. It is thus no surprise that relations between Washington and Tbilisi have been extremely cordial since then, while ties with Russia fell into a deep freeze. (This is not to say that his predecessor, Shevardnadze, followed a pro-Russian course; however, he was much more cautious in his actions).

Georgian military spending has exploded to nearly 10% of GDP, while it has received military supplies and training from the US, Israel, Turkey and a few other NATO countries. Saakashvili’s reign has come to be dominated by militarism, aggressive nationalism and authoritarianism (explained away as necessary to thwart nefarious Russian plans to undermine his regime).


In early August, there were minor skirmishes between Ossetian and Georgian forces on their bordes. They always were depressingly common, and as always it’s hard to say who was responsible. Around 20:00 on 7 August, after an intensification, Saakashvili went on air and offered an immediate ceasefire and talks.

However, only a short time after, around 23:00, Georgian forces were moved into position around Tskhinvali. Russian peacekeepers noted this and requested an explanation, and were told they were drawn off. During the night and early morning, just hours before the Olympics, attacks by Georgia on villages in South Ossetia intensified, where Grad MLRS launchers where used. Georgia began a unilateral military offensive into South Ossetia, to ‘restore constitutional order in the region’, despite all its pledges to the contrary. Tskhinvali was shelled by heavy artillery, including the route along which refugees were being moved, before being stormed by Georgian troops. The continuous murderous bombardment has resulted in the utter destruction of Tskhinvali and as many as 2000 civilian deaths, as well as 12 dead and 50 wounded amongst Russian peacekeepers directly targeted by Georgian tank fire.

These casualties were pre-meditated, as the Grad (“hail”) MLRS system is designed for complete annihilation of unarmored area targets. Turning them against a city, especially the dense apartment blocks typical of Soviet urban planning that prevailed in Tskhinvali, would inevitably result in massive civilian casualties.

Georgian 122 mm multiple-launch rocket systems Grad firing at Tskhinvali

At around 3:00 on 8 August, a tank- and APC-backed land attack on Tskinvali was launched by Georgia, which met weak Ossetian resistance. Soon after, Russia called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, to no avail thanks to the efforts of France, the UK and the US. At noon, Russia committed land forces to South Ossetia and seized the air space above Tskinvali. Georgian troops retreated to the forested hills around the city and continued bombarding it intermittently.

Georgian Info-War

Georgia launched a war of agression. It committed area bombing of civilian areas and has ethnically cleansed around half the Ossetian population (at the beginning, there were around 70,000 Ossetians in South Ossetia; now, 30,000 have fled to Russia and a further 2,000 have been killed). No Ossetians, no problems for Georgian nationalism.

The war is also not necessarily bad for the Pentagon. While I still believe they did not expect this outburst, they will nonetheless get to observe Russian military tactics on the field. Meanwhile, initially more or less objective reporting in the Western media is getting swamped by outright anti-Russian propaganda in the ‘free’ Western press, above all on TV (for which the vast majority of the population rely on their news).

Because what do you get on Western TV? Saakashvili, with an EU flag behind him (Georgia is not in the EU) and in perfect English, spewing the crudest propagandistic bilge imaginable – along the lines of…

Russia is bombing Georgia, specifically targetting the civilian population.

Pot calls kettle black. Georgian troops massacred thousands of Ossetians on purpose via area bombardment. Russia limits itself to precision strikes against military assets and key war-related infrastructure. It is regrettable that some will miss their targets and kill civilians, but the key difference is that Russia did not intend to kill civilians; unlike Georgia.

Putin has told me that not only is my love for the West unacceptable, but also the path of freedom and democracy Georgia has chosen.

Actually what is unacceptable Mr. Saakashvili is your attempts to spread Western values of area bombardment, killing legally sanctioned peacekeepers, etc, to Russia. And if hospitalizing 500 protestors in brutal crackdowns and taking down TV stations is your idea of freedom and democracy, feel free to have it, just don’t push it down our throats.

We are a bastion of freedom in the world and this is why we are being invaded and annihilated by the totalitarian monster from the north. Stand up for your values, men of the West, and save us!

And I suppose killing thousands of Russian civilians had nothing to do with it.

This is a pre-meditated Russian provocation, look at the timing, the Olympic Games when humanity must come together, the Americans have upcoming elections, diplomats are on vacation – it’s the best time to attack a small defenceless country!

This sounds just about right. Except for one small point. Replace Russia with Georgia. Brilliant! For once, Misha, we totally agree!

We are fighting not only to defend our country, we are also fighting for the future of world peace and world order!

No comment.

Video of Saakashvili’s pathetic propagandistic bluster.

And so the Annals of Western Hypocrisy Go On and On, World and Time Without End

At the beginning, the Western media typically noted Georgia’s underhanded aggression against South Ossetia, but did not raise a furor over its bombardment of civilian areas. As soon as Russia intervened, however, it whipped itself up into a frenzy and declared all out info-war on Russia. The true cause of the war has been buried underneath newer texts sponsored by the Western elite and pushed on the mass media.

CNN: Headlines along the lines of “Georgia under attack as Russian tanks invade”. Saakashvili is the first commentator, whining in English about being a victim of Russian aggression, while showing Georgian Grad rockets being fired at Tskhinvali! Lots of interviews with Russophobic neocons. Say ‘1600 killed in South Ossetia fighting’, without clarifying that those killed were mostly Russian citizens in Tskhinvali killed by Georgian artillery! Followed by Saakashvili talking about pre-meditated Russian attacks on Georgian civilians, to give the impression that it is actually Russia behind the huge civilian death toll! No ‘point of view’ appears from the Ossetian and Russian sides except their ominous-sounding announcements about intentions to “punish” Georgia, which is quoted out of context and serves to further confirm their sinister intentions to Western sheeple.

BBC: Russian warplanes bombing Gori and focusing on stray missile hitting apartment block (main target was military base). Headline is “Russian tanks enter South Ossetia”, sub-headline is “Georgia is fighting with separatists backed by Russia”.

British Sky News: Video of Georgian Grads firing on Tskhinvali under caption “Georgian side states that 7 of its citizens have been wounded in Russian strikes”. Followed by footage of T-90’s rolling into South Ossetia, ignoring that Tskhinvali is destroyed with thousands of Ossetians killed by Georgians.

The print media, unlike TV, at least has some golden nuggets of truth amidst the bilge (more intelligent people read newspapers, while the masses get their info from the box, which is more visceral and open to manipulation). This is far from universal, however, as the examples below demonstrate.

Times: Russia turns might of its war machine on rebel neighbour Georgia

Washington Post: Stopping Russia: The U.S. and its allies must unite against Moscow’s war on Georgia

The Guardian: Russian tanks roll into Georgia as cities burn, Standing up to Russia

Interestingly, the Western info-war against Russia has been noticed and remarked upon on Russian TV.

No wonder Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in a news conference on 10 August said that the silence of Western nations during Georgia’s initial incursion into South Ossetia “raises very serious questions about sincerity and their attitude towards our country”, and also accused the foreign media of pro-Georgian bias in their coverage of the ongoing conflict between Georgia and Russia over breakaway South Ossetia.

“We want television screens in the West to be showing not only Russian tanks, and texts saying Russia is at war in South Ossetia and with Georgia, but also to be showing the suffering of the Ossetian people, the murdered elderly people and children, the destroyed towns of South Ossetia, and [regional capital] Tskhinvali. This would be an objective way of presenting the material,” Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. Current Western media coverage of the events in the separatist republic is “a politically motivated version, to put it mildly,” he said.


Control is all about imposing your view of reality on the minds of others. Since overt political persecution is no longer widely accepted, the elites have resorted to fighting wars over hearts and minds. Western media manipulation is not readily noticeable, since if that were the case the simulation’s plausibility would fall apart immediately (as was the case in the Soviet Union). Hence, they fight via other, far more sophisticated means. This makes them far more insidious and dangerous to freedom than any repressive dictatorship; for in the latter one knows one is a slave, while too many Westerners continue to be believe they are free, whereas in fact they are also slaves, like the rest of us.

As things stand, today the Western media are nothing more than craven shills for their neocon masters. Western freedom is slavery, as foretold by Orwell; the system itself is nihilistic, a reality that has become a simulation, as Baudrillard told us.

It is only through tireless exposition of their lies and hypocrisy that more truth and freedom can be attained.


  1. Anonymous says:

    yeap, couldn’t agree more with you!funniest part is that I got to your blog through a CNN link; I guess this is their idea of free “independent” media: brainwash everybody, while provide a small link for the other point of view, as to be able to claim that you are “providing” both sides of the story!

  2. Kosmonavtka says:

    Media reports in Australia all have the same theme (Big Bad Russia beating up defenseless little Georgia). I have given up any hope of impartial reporting from them – thank goodness for the Internet!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Russian officials need to make more appearances in the Western media explaining its position and situation in the region. Right now, they are getting mostly Sackofshitvilli’s lies. We need to show that S.O.B. for what he really is.Compare him to Stalin and Sadam Husain. The parallels are obvious.

  4. Dr. Ted Baehr says:

    I’ll get my news from WorldNetDaily, thank you very much. And if I want a history lesson, I have the Bible. Russia and Georgia deserve each other.Now, I’m off to watch men’s Olympic gymnastics, and masterbate furiously.

  5. Anonymous says:

    We in the U.S. have no patience for getting involved in any more military actions. Let the Russians off themselves if they please. We have a recession and drawn out war in Iraq to overcome. If you think this lame-duck president can spend any more political capital on meddling in yet another stupid war, you are out of your mind. The situation here in the U.S. looks bleak and might remain as such for a few more years. Time for the rest of the world to pick up their own slack and handle their own problems! I frankly don’t care who kills themselves over there in Russia or for what reason. If we would get involved we would end up losing tons of money and being hated in the end by the most of the world no matter the result. So we’re better off just turning our backs on this one. Go ahead Russia, put the hammer down on Georgia and exert your authority. Georgia on the other hand, learn to live with what you’ll be left with and shut up or face getting your butt whipped even further!

  6. Da Russophile says:

    Thank you for the replies.They are encouraging because they prove that independent thinkers remain, not all having already turned into consumerist zombies drived by fear, greed and hatred as the neocons would wish.

  7. Anonymous says:

    all tv claimed that russia destroy the civil airport in georgia but no one talks about at that time special forces of georgia from Iraq were landing on that airport. They are transported with us aircraft, so did you see anyone which is criticizing us to become a partner of war while mr. bush saying “calm down russia” does anyone talk about foundation of usa, bulgaria, ukraine and turkey to georgian army. does anyone talk about how a country organize a military attack to its autonomous region? can anyone talked about who triggerd the war? In fact we know them well from lebanon, palestine, iraq… Perfectly well. ali-Turkey

  8. nikolayr4 says:

    Hi Stalker, I enjoy your blog. Just one point of advise. When you make a factual statement and link it to a source, please do not use Wikipedia. Wikipedia is notoriously unreliable and if your info is referenced only to Wikipedia rather than to a better source, it looks less rather than more credible. Just a suggestion. Thanks! Nick

  9. Post 1
    Re: English language mass media Spin on Russia

    See –

    Be on the lookout for spin that downplays the poll result of how only 5% of Russians support an active return of Soviet symbols.

    People who seek to “preserve” symbols can do so in ways different from how some suggest. To underscore this point, in NY, there’s a long running weekly military affairs show on a local radio station. The Jewish host of that show observed how a good number of Nazi regalia collectors are (as he has observed) are Jews.

    During last year’s European football (soccer) tournament, Russian fans overwhelmingly displayed current Russian symbols (the white, blue and red tricolor flag and two headed eagle) over Soviet ones.

    Thean again, for some, that’s bad as well.


    Two different perspectives on the recent vote for Russia’s most popular figure.

    This first one falls under the category of neocon:

    Note the posted comments which come after the above posted article.

    Overall, this one does a better job at addressing the result, relative to some of the general takes found in English language mass media:

    It’s nice that Pajamas Media is pretty good at posting valid criticisms. However, there’s still a prevailing bias. That bias excludes certain views of the former Communist bloc from having column space. Note the columnists that Pajamas Media selects for Russia related topics. In one degree or another, that kind of a slant is evident elsewhere.

    Post 2

    As a follow-up, some will understandably find the Pravda piece to be a bit overboard in hyperbole.

    That aside, it serves as a counterweight to the mentioned Pajamas Media piece.

    Post 3, 4

    For whatever reason, it appears (at least as of now) that the last of my two recent posts has been posted before the first one.

    Offhand, I suspect it has to do with the length and links of the first submitted post. At present, the first post is in the “awaiting moderation” category.

    Pardon misspells and stilted prose. Something came up as I was posting.

    AK responds: Thank you for your comments, Mike. As always you are at the forefront of challenging Russophobic stereotypes.

    I’ve merged your posts together. You’re correct the moderation thing – if there’s more than 2 links in a comment, it has to be approved. This is because when I first moved the site here there was a troublesome rash of advertisers whose only “contribution” was to write posts full of links to commercial sites.

  10. That’s what I suspected Anatoly.

    The rash of advertisers is a sign of your blog’s worthyness.

  11. I do not know who the readers of this “unbiased” and “objective” source of information are, however, for those who know nothing about Georgia and Russia and their hisotrical realtionships, I would like to drop few words:

    1. The standpoint presented here is purely pro-russian, which of course has nothing to do with objective reality.
    2. One can not blame the rest of the world (other than Russia and their slaves) for being “blind” and when it comes