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New Twist in Georgia Propaganda War

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The BBC has an interesting angle on the conflict in Georgia, that is Georgia isn’t completely innocent in this mess. It’s a view that has not been presented in the Western media.

The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford has reported: “Many Ossetians I met both in Tskhinvali and in the main refugee camp in Russia are furious about what has happened to their city.

“They are very clear who they blame: Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili, who sent troops to re-take control of this breakaway region.”

It continues in its report:

Human Rights Watch concluded after an on-the-ground inspection: “Witness accounts and the timing of the damage would point to Georgian fire accounting for much of the damage described [in Tskhinvali].”

One problem for the Russians is that they have not yet learned how to play the media game. Their authoritarian government might never do so.

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Written by newscycle

August 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Posted in BBC, War Reporting

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