We watch and read voluminous reports on this relatively small Russian war against its neighbor and former domestic province (Georgia was one of the SSRs in the old USSR), and meanwhile there is almost nothing being reported about the continuing five-year-old war launched by Bush and Cheney against Iraq. And certainly, over the course of five years we have gotten no visual depiction of that war even approaching the scenes that were on display from the front in Georgia.
Apparently, in the view of our corporate news editors and managers, it is important for Americans to fully witness the bloody horrors of war when that war is being fought by Russia, but we are to be carefully protected from seeing such things when they are being perpetrated by our own centurions. We aren’t even allowed to see the grievous injuries and death being suffered by our own troops.
And, of course, don’t feel to good about the quality of the coverage of the Russian/Georgia conflict either. This too is biased. Indeed one reason we are shown all the carnage is that the US government has been backing Georgia, and there is evidence that the US even encouraged the Georgian attacks on ethnic Russians which provoked the invasion. The US also has obligingly airlifted Georgian troops back from Iraq to Georgia.
This is not news. This is propaganda, pure and simple.
This illustrates one of the problems with justifying war. For our democratic processes to make a good judgment, we need good facts. There are no do-overs when it comes to launching lethal adventures, and the extent to which American media fails us on pivotal issues is astounding. And get this from one of our presidential candidates, rebuking Russia and unequivocally supporting the not-so-clean-handed Georgians:
Georgia is an ancient country, at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and , and one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion.
This is blatant pandering, even if it only reflects a reflex to associate all things with the word “Christian” in them with all things good. Would that that were true. Christianity as an official state religion means its a chaplain of the state, period. I’d much rather see Georgian, Russian, South Ossetian and other participants adopt Christ’s ethic of nonviolent, self-sacrificing love for enemies.
But take a look at this:
Nearby, Tamuna Malania, a blond 20-year-old law student, stood in the road and forced a troop transport truck to stop. Then she threw a handful of anti-occupation leaflets at the truck.
News report seem to indicate that violence continues sporadically across Georgia and the contested areas, and some reports indicate levels of violence well above the already-vile disgrace of Christians killing each other due to rival national identities.
“…[T]here is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord* has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” [Col. 3]
I’d repeat my call from several days ago:
Christians involved in the fighting should, as a bloc, cease participation in this back-and-forth immediately, inform their commanders that they will not fire their weapons, and face the consequences. At the same time, Christian leaders should state in no uncertain terms that the behavior of the parties involved is anti-Christian, admonish their congregants to withdraw their consent from this chain of events, and use their moral authority to pressure the Russians, the South Ossentians, the Georgians, and everyone else involved to end hostilities.