The media, along with human rights groups and the great majority of politicians and political commentators, have repeatedly called for a ‘political solution’ or a ‘peaceful solution’ to the Chechen war without ever detailing what that solution should be, or how it can be achieved. … This kind of approach may make everyone feel good about themselves, but it is also profoundly irresponsible.
Through a Distorted Lens: Chechnya and the Western Media
Anatol Lieven is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He covered the 1994–1996 Chechen war as a correspondent for the London Times. His books include Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1998).
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Anatol Lieven; Through a Distorted Lens: Chechnya and the Western Media. Current History 1 October 2000; 99 (639): 321–328. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2000.99.639.321
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