I was first turn onto Michael Totten in February with his article “Guns in the Desert“. Well, Mr Totten has written another epic article not about Iraq, but about the current conflict in the Caucasus:
“The Truth About Russia In Georgia“
TBILISI, GEORGIA – Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia. “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend in typical fashion.
Virtually everyone is wrong.
Basiclly the article is about Michael Totten geting a history lession from Patrick Worms (a German native who currently works for the Georgia) and Thomas Goltz (an American who is not on Georgia’s payroll) on both the history of the conflict and the conflict itself.
Michael Totten then goes on to get first-hand accounts from Georgian Soliders who were there.
“Which day was this?” I said. “The 5th or the 6th?”
“I don’t remember,” (Kaha Bragadze) said. “But it started that day from that place when two Georgians were killed.”
“Were they just bombing you the peacekeepers,” I said, “or also civilians and villages?”
“Before they started bombing us they took all the civilians out of their villages,” he said. “Then they started damaging our villages – houses, a gas pipe, roads, yards. They killed our animals. They evacuated their villages, then bombed our villages.”*
Another Georgian soldier, Giorgi Khosiashvili, concurred.
What this artcle boils down to, it’s a lie. Saakashvili did not start this war. Russia has been planning this all along!
We need more reporters/journalists like Michael Totten who writes for no one but his readers. Spread the word and please email this story to all that you can. Above all, support brave men like Michael Totten who put their lives in danger to get you the truth.**
*The deafening silence from Europe becomes more horrifing…
**This goes back to what I said about the need for a Radio Free Europe. Make sure you don’t forget them when you think of what can be done to help over there. A free and fair press will shut down any would be dictator.