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Voices From Russia About Georgia War

Those in the Western world are receiving information about the war between Russia and Georgia that essentially is one sided. We deplore Russian actions in Georgia which were excessive, but understand the reasoning behind their actions. We offer views of several
Russians as reported in the St. Petersburg Times;

The following views were given to Irina Titova:

Lyudmila Shkrylyova, 19, journalist student:

“As a person from a military family, I’m absolutely against the war and I want th war to be over as soon as possible. However, I think Russia was ight to send its troops to help South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers in the region to deal with Georgian aggression. It was done legally…As for the Georgian attack on South Ossetia, I think it was a very well-planned provocation and and as a journalism student, I’m very disapponted by the misinformation in the western media about the conflict.. The experts say that such misinformation is in the interest of thee Republican candidate for the American presidency(John McCain). therefore, they (Western media) support (Georgia) in all possible ways.”

Irina Arsenteyeva, Manager

“I think it’s very hard to know objectively what is happening in South Ossetia in order to be 100% sure about it, one probably has to go there. On thee whole it was Georgia who attacked first, but honestly I don’t know the reasons why. I think George was wrong. At the same time, I can entertain the thought that the Russian side could also be doing something not correctly enough… As for Russia sending its troops to South Ossetia, i think Russia just didn’t have any other choice, in both military and diplomatic terms. As for the way the Western mass media covers the conflict, it is the usual story, as the Western media usually covers the events in Russia not objectively but from one point of view. That is because a strong Russia is not in the interests of the West.”

Nikolai Voznyuk, 67, pensioner

“It’s very sad what’s happening in South Ossetia. I’m very sorry for South Ossetia’s people. Russia was right to send its troops to South Ossetia because it needed to defend the peacekeepers and civilians who are mainly Russian citizens. As for the Western media coverage of the conflict, it’s part of the information war, and a apart of the attack on Russia. The conflict is in the interests not only of Georgia but also of the United States who wants to surround Russia with radars, dictate its policy and want to have a unipolar world.”

It is interesting that Russian people are picking up the Russian government concerns about building by the United States of missile bases on its border.

China Complains Of Western Media Bias

The Chinese government came out swinging aganst what they termed “Western media bias” which has depicted riots in Tibet as being caused by China and ignores the violent behavior of Tibetan protestors. Many Chinese bloggers are furious at the refusal of the Western media to discuss what they term to be widespread violence and killing on the part of Tibetan demonstrators. For example, Chinese authorities claim BBC carried a picture with the caption: “there is heavy military presence in Lhasa” even though the picture showed a Chinese ambulance. American Fox News was charged with publishing a photo with the caption: “Chinese toops parade handcuffed Tibetan prisoners in trucks” although the photo was that of a policeman from India dragging a man away. There are also charges of Western media showing photos of Nepalese police in riots with Tibetans but captions claim Chinese police are engaged in the activity.

There is undoubtedly some truth in the Chinese complaints about bias. There is no question most people in the West have been furious at the heavy handed Chinese government’s policies toward any form of dissidence. Given that history, it is not shocking Western media outlets would jump at the chance to depict China in an unfavorable light. One solution is for China to grant freedom to Western media and to allow dissidents to openly express their views. Such an approach would begin to dissipate the issue of bias.