On Wednesday, Mr. Gorbachev wrote an opinion piece in New York Times commenting on the South Ossetia crises. The following passage sounded eerily familiar:
“The news coverage has been far from fair and balanced, especially during the first days of the crisis. Tskhinvali was in smoking ruins and thousands of people were fleeing — before any Russian troops arrived. Yet Russia was already being accused of aggression; news reports were often an embarrassing recitation of the Georgian leader’s deceptive statements.”
As have been observed before on this blog, this particular conflict is rich in irony, especially when viewed from a Chinese perspective. That it is Mr. Gorbachev who wrote this only adds to the complex layers for us to ponder.
If it was a stretch to argue that the Lhasa riot was some kind of western conspiracy, Russians are not hesitating in making similar claims now, should we tag along?
Should China stick to its non-interference policy? Or should it hug the Russian bear?
Have we got sufficient proof that for matters outside of their border, western media establishment has lost its credibility?