Tuesday, August 12, 2008
AUGUST 12 - THE RWS DIARIES (2008)
Things are now really hotting up in the New Cold War/Old Media Propaganda War between OCEANIA (eg The US, UK, Israel - 'USraelUK') - EU (?), NATO, UN & 'The International Community') and EURASIA (eg RUSSIA, South Ossetia & Abkhazia).
BBC CEEFAX today ("New Georgia clashes mar UN moves", August 12) : "Russian-backed rebels in Abkhazia say they have begun an operation against Georgian forces..."
We have to keep our eye on the ball here, or we will drown in obfuscation - a very effective propaganda weapon...so we mustn't give up on this - that's what 'they' want (whoever 'they' might be).
The BBC propaganda spin should at least read : Russian-backed Abkhazia say they have begun an operation against US-backed Georgia - a former Russian state.
But even that can be too simplistic. Can you imagine Russian forces playing lethal war games like this in, say, Cuba - just off the US coast ?
I can't help feeling this is analogous to the Northern Ireland conflict - but worse : The British Empire (Russian Empire) colonised Ireland (Georgia). Ireland wanted independence & gets it (Southern Ireland/Eire), with the help of the European Union (Georgia/American Empire), but Northern Ireland did not (South Ossetia). The British Empire (Russian Empire) comes to the help of Northern Ireland (South Ossetia), and the European Union (American Empire) comes to the help of Eire (Georgia)...and that's when the analogy stops clarifying and starts getting confusing, so I'll stop.
Let's take an example from the 'real world' - this is a report from "MS" on January 30 2002 - "West tightens grip on Uzbekistan" :
"The United States and the European Union unveiled harsher controls on Uzbekistan yesterday, ordering the Central Asian state to adopt a 'market economy'.
"US Assistant Secretary of State for Eurasian Affairs, Elizabeth Jones, signed 'a comprehensive and far-reaching' declaration with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, which included security issues.
"Uzbek President Islam Karimov has alloed the deployment of 1,500 troops at the country's Khanabad airbase, as part of the US military push in the resource-rich region.
"Brussels praised Uzbekistan for its role in the US-led attacks on Afghanistan, and urged it to embrace a market economy.
" 'The situation in and around Afghanistan offers the opportunity for renewed co-operation with Uzbekistan and Central Asia', the EU said in a statement"
Seems to me like a 2002 example of US foreign policy - FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE-FSD (aka Global Totalitarianism)(aka Global Bully).
It appears I'm not alone...
Monday, August 11, 2008
"COLOSSAL DAMAGE TO THE ENTIRE REGION"
"I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognizes that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them."
~ Noam Chomsky.
Here's Bush's take on the ass-kicking that Russia's applying to Georgia:
"Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century."
Let's change one word and see what we get:
"Turkey has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century."
Isn't that what Bush should have said in February, when Turkey invaded Iraq? But, during that invasion, it was HPG that was doing the ass-kicking.
In another fine example of hypocrisy, we have former Unocal "advisor" and Afghan neocon toady Zalmay Khalilzad making the same kind of stupid statements as his boss:
"Is your government's objective regime change in Georgia, the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Georgia?" Khalilzad asked Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador.
He said the days of overthrowing leaders by military means in Europe were gone and that Russia's nostalgia about the past was being reflected in the present conflict.
Churkin's replied that "regime change is an American expression. We do not use such an expression".
But he added: "But sometimes there are occasions, and we know from history, that there are different leaders who come to power, either democratically or semi-democratically, and they become an obstacle."
Western media lies about the Russia/Georgia conflict is certainly another case for the application of Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman's Propaganda Model, as outlined in Manufacturing Consent. Within 24 hours from initial news reports, in which Georgia invaded South Ossetia, the capitalist corporate media immediately ran headlines saying "Russia invades Georgia".
The reality is that the headlines should have read "US invades Russia".