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Daniel Schorr

If you don’t know who he is, you should make a point of finding out.

Then you should listen to this.

5 Responses to Daniel Schorr

  1. jeditigger

    …I guess it’s not outrageous that American adults might not know who is Daniel Schorr, but it’s sure disappointing.

  2. kali921

    Daniel Schorr – ah, yes. He’s one of the last of the Murrow’s Boys school. Although, to be honest, I think that Schorr sometimes veers into overly simplistic analysis, perhaps because he’s trying to make what he’s reporting about comprehensible to the American public (even the American public that listens to NPR).

    I think The Guardian, Le Monde, Reuters, and the Daily Science Monitor are doing better reporting on the Ossetia situation, although NPR is by no means shabby. The European newspapers and outlets seem to presume a higher level of knowledge of the area, which is nice for all of those grad students the world over who don’t need a 101 primer on the region. :-)

    Essentially there is not really anything that Europe and the U.S. can do, though, aside from putting diplomatic on Russia to cessate its military intervention. If the U.S., Europe, and/or NATO tries to intervene, then they antagonize Russia directly into a confrontation – and this is something that anyone with sense does not want to do right now, given the scorched Earth policy and high threshold for collateral damage on the part of the Russians that I mentioned last night.

    Our hands are tied. What can the U.S. do? Enact sanctions against Russia? That’s not going to have much of an effect, frankly, and if we dared to put a foot on what Russia considers its soil, we risk galvanizing a huge response from Russia, as well as being excoriated by the Russian people, who are by no means of one mind when it comes to Ossetia. But taking military action against Russia? Man, if we learned one thing from WWII and the Cold War, that is not something we want to do. Russians of all political persuasions would probably be very united in their absolute fury at the U.S. daring to try to put a military footprint in the Motherland no matter how much they may object to the regime’s actions in Ossetia.

  3. admin

    I don’t think of Schorr as offering analysis as much as an editorial perspective influenced by many, many years, and much experience.

    And our hands are tied because we tied them, I think, or more specifically, eight years of this administration has done as much.

  4. kali921

    I’m certainly not in disagreement! I meant that since diplomacy doesn’t seem to be a viable solution, since in the case of Russia and the U.S. diplomacy in situations like this is backed up by an implied use of force should a situation utterly deteriorate, I’m utterly discouraged that it’s going to produce a solution that stops the shooting. Russia, at this point, doesn’t have much to lose.

    One thing that I think a lot of coverage is failing to mention is the southern border problem. Long term antagonisms between Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria mean that Russia is very concerned about instability south of its perceived and actual borders – and if that situation ever blows, we may just see military action and fighting between any of the three that could suck in Georgia. Ossetia is a potential security sieve in that situation if it’s controlled by Georgia, and that has historically been another driving force in Russia’s historical southward expansion.

  5. kali921

    Located translation resources for you.

    Greg, I’ve found an excellent translation resource for you. However, they need to know the volume of what you need translated. Can you e-mail me at orophinsgloss at the Yahooness dottus commus so I can put you in touch with the parties directly?

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