23 October 2008

Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia, the U.S. and Our Press (amongst others) ...

I am getting ready to head out to class - a lecture on "freedom" and "pluralism." The students are meant to have read Isaiah Berlin's essay "Two Concepts of Liberty." We'll see!

In any case, last summer, before we all became distracted by our economy and its travails, there was much hand-wringing about the military conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia. At the time, I wrote that there seemed to be plenty of bad behavior all around. The standard narrative in the west was that the evil Russians were solely to blame. While they were not, neither were they innocent. Same with the Georgians. Same with the U.S. and other western powers. Most of that complexity was lost in press accounts of the conflict. Over at The Nation you can find this account of just how skewed the press accounts may really have been.

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