Before joining the London Independent to become its diplomatic editor, Anne Penketh trailed around Moscow, Paris and New York as a foreign correspondent. Apparently, she tries to “separate the spin cycle from the news cycle”.
In a main article on Russia and Georgia in the Independent of the 20 August, she asserted that “the Georgian government walked straight into a trap set by Moscow”. Not having uncovered the ‘trap’ for herself, she eventually revealed that her source was a ‘Russian military analyst’ by the name of Pavel Felgenhauer who had claimed that the Georgian government had been provoked to attack South Ossetia, that, “a decision was made for the war to start in August. The war would have happened regardless of what the Georgians did. Whether they responded to the provocations or not, there would have been an invasion of Georgia.”
It would seem that for Felgenhauer the establishment of NATO states on the borders of Russia is not provocative, despite the fact that the revamped NATO has only recently reaffirmed its aggressive strategy with its criminal invasions of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
It is no surprise therefore to find that Felgenhauer is on the authors list of the The Jamestown Foundation in Washington which was launched in 1984 with its declared mission being, “to inform and educate policy makers and the broader policy community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States …”
With its Board Members composed of corporate personalities and career academics, it specialised in getting dissidents from the Soviet Union on board as its contribution to the ‘War on Communism’. It now devotes a great deal of attention in support of the USA’s ‘War on Terror’, with publications such as Spotlight on Terror, Terrorism Focus and Terrorism Monitor. Needless to say, the Jamestown Foundation’s “terrorism program” is directed at those who resist the state terrorist crimes of the US, NATO and Israel.
What was Anne Penketh saying about separating the spin cycle from the news cycle?