Sunday, March 14, 2010

Russophobes of the Week: 'pro-government' Imedi TV in Georgia


Well, we’ve started Iran Lie Watch- perhaps its also time to launch Russia Lie Watch.

Thanks to our regular commenter Jack for flagging up this truly shocking story.

Today's Mail on Sunday reports:

A fake news report claiming that Georgia had been invaded by Russian tanks and its president killed has caused widespread panic in the country.


The mock half-hour report on pro-government television station Imedi TV brought back memories of a 2008 invasion when Russian troops and tanks invaded the former Soviet Republic.


The station introduced the report as an 'imitation of possible events', but the warning was lost on many viewers as mobile phone networks crashed and residents the capital Tbilisi rushed into the streets.

'It was indeed a very unpleasant program, but the most unpleasant thing is that it is extremely close to what can happen and to what Georgia's enemy has conceived,' Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said.

No, Mr Saakaswally- 'the most unpleasant thing’ is you- a fanatical, warmongering, neo-con Russophobe.

Instead of pontificating on 'what can happen', let's focus instead of what did happen in the summer of 2008, when Saakaswally’s Georgian forces launched a brutal war of aggression against pro-Russian separatists in South Ossetia.  Now Saakaswally's supporters at Imedi TV are trying to scare the Georgian people into believing that the Russians might invade. But  the greatest enemy of the Georgian people are not the Russians, but their own President.



6 comments:

jack said...

Interesting that they made the opposition leader the President after the assault rather than the Vice President taking control of the country. I guess that is to insinuate that the opposition is controlled by the Kremlin although that is not an issue when the US/Britain/Soros/EU does it in Russia, China, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Belarus and Venezuela. Probably others that I have forgot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cWMbWJRokE

Remember the film Wag the Dog which was about electing a US President based on a phoney war which was an implied stab at Clinton’s war against Serbia over Kosovo?

I am surprised it has not been referenced a lot since 9/11 and the Iraq war.

There are some great scenes in it. I especially like the one were they are coming up for a reason of why Albania would want to attack the US and how they are going to do it and the fact war footage shot on a blue screen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-FXkj-r9Mc#t=1m33s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNDmDZi05dY

Gregor said...

Good luck Neil, it was countering lies about Russia that initially got me started on blogging.

However, I have to warn of a strange phenomenon: it’s easier to get tired writing the truth about Russia than writing BS. Don’t ask why, but this is a trend. One thing I find ironic is perhaps that many of those who defend United Russia (which is, incidentally, not under the perpetual leadership of ‘Vladimir Putin’) call themselves ‘Russophiles’. Whilst I am a cultural Russophile, ironically enough I feel critical of the United Russia party from the left: it has a very bad record in its treatment of the poor and manufacturers, it persists in a brutal conscription and has let the infrastructure east of Kazan rust away. And whilst madly secular voices in the portray the Russian Orthodox Church as being a sinister force in Russian politics (in a way that would be called bigoted if Protestants spoke of it in such a way), it is actually ignored and Russia still has an appalling abortion rate.

Yet I also see no point in pretending that tie-chewing loon Saakashvilli was right to bomb his own people, can’t pretend to respect ‘liberals’ who think poor people should be prevented from voting, can’t pretend that Boris Yeltsin created a democratic paradise and can’t pretend that the Russian people should be grateful for the West interfering in their country.

It’s worth noting two things. Firstly, that David Cameron showed either complete idiocy or ideological fanaticism during the Ossetian conflict and said he thought that Georgia should be rewarded for using tanks and aircraft against civilians by having its NATO membership speeded up. Which was further than even New Labour went.

Secondly the lib dems (the ‘peace’ party) instantly took Georgia’s side and amusingly enough held a meeting with Georgians where they came up with a series of recommendations for Russia. That says it all about modern British politics: we have the democratic choice to elect a party that agrees with all the other parties about who can and cannot be considered ‘democratic’ in the other side of Europe and subsequently which countries we should be antagonistic to.

Madam Miaow said...

What an insane thing to do. May I assume Britain and the US are supporting him to the hilt?

vladimir gagic said...

I never understood the anti-Orthodox Slav bias of Western governments and media. Is it lingering hostility because of the tsarist threat to India? Is it because of Soviet communism? Is it because of Russia's historic anti-Semitism or maybe we seem more Asian than European? We are as Christian and European as any other people, and Orthodox Slavs were responsible for defeating the greatest evil in history, Nazi Germany. Despite that fact, however, at least part of the reason Western media attacked, and still attacks, Serbia so much is because of our perceived close ties with Russia. Maybe if Serbia was closer to facist Germany, like Croatia was, we would have been better off.

Krakow's New Dragons said...

There is also the way that late in December 2009 the Kutaisi War memorial was flattened killing two people, a woman and her 8 year old child, and the well publicised theft of the Arbeit Macht Frei sign which led some Israeli's to claim a massive anti-semitic plot rather than a bunch of petty theives selling it to a ghoulish collector.

Still no mention in the Western media has been made at Saakashvili's demolition, against the wishes of the Georgians in Kutaisi,some 300,000 who died not as NKVD or Stalinists but as Soviet soldiers who had families too.

For pointing out this hypocrisy I was banned from commenting on the Guardian's CiF website. Since then, I decided it was pointless to bother is the censorship is so strong. Many who do not agree with me called the pulling of my post spinesless and craven.

Krakow's New Dragons said...

BTW Part One of a Three part demolition of Edward Lucas's trite anti-Russian tract The New Cold War has reappeared on CEW.

This fool had the audacity to accuse me of "intemperate language" ( a neoliberal dolt-OK it's strong but true ) whilst he promotes a blog La Russophobe which promotes ethnic hatred of "the Russians".

One example was a poor 8 year old with a cigarette with the headline v"Russian barbarians smoke themselves into the grave". Lucas said he didn't agree with the tone but the message was important.

Lucas is the respectable face of the last taboo-anti-Russian ethocentric racism and both this rather unintelligent individual and his shoddy propaganda is being comprehensively dissected on CEW.