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I will forward this to U.S. friends of mine (my brother, who is in the States right now, says that the reports on U.S. TV are cartoonishly anti-Russia).

However, aside from the obvious fact that this was written by the Russian foreign minister, I anticipate them zoning in on the following sentence:

Russia's response has been targeted, proportionate and legitimate.

Can that statement be credibly supported by more "objective" witnesses and reports?  Alternatively, can claims that Russia's response was not targeted or proportionate be easily disproved?

Cynicism is intellectual treason.

by marco on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 08:32:31 AM EST
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From what I understand, Russia claims that 1,500 Ossetians were killed by indiscriminate early Georgian artillery assault, and Georgians are claiming a few dozen victims from Russian bombs.

So Russia's reaction seems to have been relatively limited, casualty-wise (physical damage may be another thing).

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 13th, 2008 at 09:01:33 AM EST
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