The Protocols of the Elders of Putin
Not since the Nazi era have we seen a state-sponsored campaign of murderous hatred and warmongering to match the one being whipped up against Russia. Even more ominously, never before in America have government agencies (CIA, NSA, FBI, DOJ - and the overt censorship/propaganda of the "Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016") directly spread fascistic propaganda. If you think "fascistic" is too strong a word, take a look at these excerpts from the widely approved definition of fascist behaviors by Umberto Eco:
Disagreement is treason. “The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.”
Fear of difference. “The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”
The obsession with a plot. “The followers must feel besieged. The easiest way to solve the plot is the appeal to xenophobia.”
The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. “For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle.”
Umberto Eco makes a list of the 14 common features of fascism
US propaganda against Russia is reaching the level of Nazi propaganda against Jews. The Russians are made the scapegoat for everything. They must be punished. This "big lie" propaganda is repeated constantly in all media channels. Anyone who criticizes this propaganda, anyone who dissents about anything the US government is doing, anyone who just wants to rein in the out of control MIC budget, is a "Russian puppet". Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein are "Russian puppets". Pipeline protestors are "Russian puppets". It is Manichean hysteria.
Rationally, this stuff is laughable; but emotionally, it is political dynamite. It is the equivalent of being called a Jew lover in Nazi Germany. Again, if you think I'm over the top with the Nazi comparisons, look at Hitler's own tactics:
(In Mein Kampf, Hitler) laid down five rules for successful propaganda:
1. avoid abstract ideas and appeal instead to human emotions
2. employ constant repetition of a few simple ideas (Big Lie)
3. put forward only one side of the argument
4. constantly criticize the enemies of the state
5. concentrate on one enemy for special vilification
Simon Adams, "Propaganda in War and Peace"
Re 1: The attack on the Russians is completely emotional. They are not communists anymore. They are as neoliberal and market-driven as anyone. Their military budget is 10% of ours; and they have only one overseas base, which they use to fight real terrorists. They pay their debts and honor their treaty commitments. They are an Orthodox Christian community that is very tolerant religiously, supporting large Jewish and Muslim minorities. In short, there is absolutely no factual basis for hating them, yet we do.
Re 5: see the title of this essay.
Re 2: The intelligence community, the corporate media and the corpo-Dems have been hammering on the complete nonsense of Russiagate since Hillary lost. After a year of investigation, there is no public, examinable evidence of any Russian involvement in the DNC leaks, or election "meddling". Yet the irrational obsession with this so-called plot is ratcheted higher every week. For example, this week, sadly, Jane Mayer joined the "hang Putin" bandwagon by raking through the two-year old, bogus Steele "dossier" yet again. We also have the hysteria about "suspected" Russian poisoning of a Russian spy in UK. Meanwhile, the direct connection of Ukrainian Dmitri Alperovich to the DNC hacking story is never mentioned:
The cyber security firm outsourced by the Democratic National Committee, CrowdStrike, reportedly misread data, falsely attributing a hacking in Ukraine to the Russians in December 2016. Voice of America, a US Government funded media outlet, reported...
CrowdStrike’s bias has been cited as undependable in its own assessment, in addition to its skeptical methods and conclusions. The firm’s CTO and co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank with openly anti-Russian sentiments that is funded by Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk, who also happened to donate at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Cybersecurity Firm That Attributed DNC Hacks to Russia May Have Fabricated Russia Hacking in Ukraine
But, the point is to keep the propaganda simple: Russia is responsible for EVERYTHING bad in the world, the US (or the Ukro-Nazis) for none of it.
Re 3: Russia is not the aggressor here, it is reacting to decades worth of encirclement by NATO and the US. It is reacting to the abrogation of the ABM treaty in 2002 and to Obama's trillion dollar "modernization" of our nuclear weapons and to Trump's new nuclear posture. But that side of the story is never presented.
The real menace: Ukrainian Nazis
If anyone is the bad guy in Eastern Europe, it is the Ukrainian Nazis. What the anti-Russian propagandists never mention is that, since the day of its founding, the CIA's Eastern European policies have been written by ex-Nazis (the Gehlen Organization) who employed Ukrainian ex-Nazis (the Vlassov org). The CIA has always loved Ukrainian Nazis, who have always hated Russia.
Even as the United States was publicly proclaiming a policy of unconditional German surrender, Gehlen and his organization were being established at the very core and seat of the American system of foreign intelligence under the responsibility of Allen Dulles’s Secret Intelligence Branch of the OSS. By the time of the transformation of the OSS into the CIA in 1948, Gehlen had grown tight with Dulles and his organization had become in effect the CIA’s department of Russian and East European affairs. Soon after the formation of NATO, it became the official NATO intelligence organization. And as per Gehlen’s third condition, his organization was installed as the core and he as the director of the West German CIA, the Bundesnachtendienst (BND)...
Look what power the victors conceded the vanquished. Exclusive purveyor of intelligence on the Soviet Union and East Europe to the United States, West Germany, and NATO, Gehlen, and the spirit kept alive in him and his staff, had more power over the official American perceptions in the postwar than even a German victory could have given them. The Gehlen-Vlassov intelligence system had become a main source and fountain of official American consciousness.
Behold the span of this concatenation. First in the time of Trotsky there is General Vlassov and his anti-Bolshevist army and spy ring. The Vlassov apparatus is then at a certain later point assimilated to the Gehlen apparatus. Then just as the White Russian spies jumped to the Nazis when their own army went down, so now the German Nazi and Russian Czarist spies together jumped to the American army as the Wehrmacht was falling. Vlassov first became a department of Gehlen, then Gehlen became a department of Allen Dulles.
This is how it came to pass that a Czarist spy ring inside a Nazi spy ring took up the inner seats in the American foreign intelligence apparatus at the precise moment that this apparatus was starting to come forward as a major player in the great policy wars of Washington and the world. This is how it came to pass that everything official Washington would know about the Soviet Union and East Europe on the most believable report, everything about the enemy our policymakers would most confidently believe, would come by way of Czarists and Nazis installed at the center of our national intelligence system. That was a buzzard that would come home to roost again and again.
Carl Oglelsby, The Yankee and Cowboy War
That long relationship explains why the US paid $5 B for the 2014 coup. It explains why Obama looked the other way as literal Nazis have taken power in the Ukraine. Given the openly expressed hatred of the Ukrainian Nazis, it is no surprise that after the coup, Ukrainian mobs burned Russians alive - a move reminiscent of Nazi sondercommandos in Poland.
The US is now feeding the Ukro-Nazis military weapons for yet another attack on the Donbass - an attack the US hopes will start a shooting war with the Russians. Dog save the planet, because the US won't.
In addition to being founders of the CIA, Ukrainians hold some high offices in the West, and use those offices to shamelessly defend not just today's Ukro-Nazis, but actual WW2 Nazis. Chrystia Freeland, the foreign minister of Canada, speaks Ukrainian at home and is proud of her Nazi grandfather.
The US also has a large Ukrainian community, especially in the Midwest. Marci Kaptur, an Ohio Congresswoman who took Dennis Kucinich's seat after a gerrymander put them in the same district, not only supports Nazis, but also supports ISIS.
The Ukrainian Russophobia has spread all over the NATO countries in Eastern Europe, especially the poverty stricken Baltic states that were some of the biggest victims of neoliberalism. Case in point: Latvia.
Latvia has an even larger Russian minority than Ukraine at approximately 40% of the population, though many of this demographic are regarded as “non-citizens” since they don’t fluently speak the local language and are therefore ineligible for citizenship per the country’s post-Soviet laws.
Riga regards them as the descendants of “foreign occupiers”, while this community argues that they’ve legally moved to Latvia when it was part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, thus making their presence there as natural as if an American moved from Illinois to California, for example. The Latvian government doesn’t see the situation that way and is accused of violating the human rights of this minority because of its strict citizenship requirements, though the EU – which is known for being overly sensitive to these sorts of things – ignores the Russians’ plight for political reasons...
The EU and Latvia share an ungrounded paranoia fed by the Mainstream Media-manipulated narratives about Crimea and Donbas that ethnic Russians and Russian speakers outside of the Russian Federation are apparently “fifth columnists”. This in turn is why they’re so obsessed with forcibly “assimilating” them into society,
Bottom line: if you want to call someone evil, call the Ukro-Nazis and their neocon funders and their CIA handlers evil. Call Joe Biden evil for making a fast buck off them via his son.
Have people genuinely forgotten what happens when industrialized countries decide entire nations and peoples are collectively guilty? Have people forgotten that both sides have nukes and that firing no more than 30 of them could cause a nuclear winter? It appears so.
The warmongering grows stronger every day, with weapons sold to the Ukrainian Nazis, US troops, illegally in Syria, shooting at government forces and embedded Russians. We are proposing to use nukes in response to bullshit charges of cyber-warfare. (Trump is just along for the ride. He will do what his Deep State masters command when it comes to warmongering. The rest of his act is just to distraction the sheeple from the drive to attack Russia.)
Putin has finally directly addressed the whole situation. Of course, his detailed explanation of new offensive weapons is blown off as either "a bluff", "election year politics", or "a threat that we will respond to". No one in the US is trying to engage in a dialogue about this. But that is exactly why Putin had to develop the weapons and make the speech. The only thing the US listens to anymore is a punch in the face.
Sanity has left the building in America. Its time to build that backyard bombshelter.