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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


See Report no evil

The BBC reports on the latest news from South Ossetia, which will hardly come as a surprise to those who were paying attention at the time:
The BBC has discovered evidence that Georgia may have committed war crimes in its attack on its breakaway region of South Ossetia in August.

Eyewitnesses have described how its tanks fired directly into an apartment block, and how civilians were shot at as they tried to escape the fighting.

Research by the international investigative organisation Human Rights Watch also points to indiscriminate use of force by the Georgian military, and the possible deliberate targeting of civilians.

Indiscriminate use of force is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, and serious violations are considered to be war crimes.

The allegations are now raising concerns among Georgia's supporters in the West.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has told the BBC the attack on South Ossetia was "reckless".
Why is the title of this post "report no evil" since the post is about a BBC report? Because so far neither the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, nor any other major American paper has reported this news. It simply doesn't jibe with the accepted "story line." Will this news cause Barack Obama or John McCain or anyone in the American political establishment or media to rethink their full-throated support for Georgia and condemnation of Russia? Not if they never hear of it (and, sadly but needless to say, not even then).

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