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Issue #1655      September 10, 2014

Culture & Life

Lies and Russia

Anyone who watches the news on TV knows that the coverage never gives you perspective. It invariably presents the latest outbreak of war or violence or civil unrest as an isolated event, unrelated to events in the rest of the world or to history. In other words, the coverage on TV ignores the big picture. And yet, seeing the big picture is vital to understanding what is going on.

“The Endgame means encircling Russia and China with more NATO bases.”

That, of course, is the point. The movers and shakers of capitalism don’t want the ordinary people – the despised 99% – to achieve an understanding of what is happening around them (and to them). So they give them “all the facts”, but disconnected, so their significance is obscured and their real meaning hidden.

This makes it a lot easier too to include amongst those “facts” whatever lies are deemed most useful to corporate interests, particularly US corporate interests. US strategic interests are presently bound up with its attempt to achieve what its policy-planners call, “full spectrum dominance”, a fancy term for “rule the world”.

In pursuit of that strategic aim, the tried and true technique of “the big lie” has been not just revived but enhanced. That’s the technique of spreading a bare-faced lie and then repeating it so many times that it achieves credibility by sheer force of repetition. Especially if no one in the mass media contradicts it.

Peter Koenig, a US economist and former World Bank staffer, says that it doesn’t matter whether a lie is based on a “translation error” or whether it is just “a conventional lie continuously repeated until it becomes the truth à la Goebbels. The Western-bought propaganda machine takes full advantage of this hundreds-of-years-old simple strategy of deception.”

Also revived and similarly enhanced has been the Cold War, which never actually ended. It just went quiescent for a while, but now it is back with a vengeance. And Russia is once again its chief target. Hence we have seen an explosion of anti-Russian lies over events in Ukraine.

Koenig again: “The interesting part, however, is that hardly anyone [amongst Western commentators] is presenting the counter-weight, so to speak, namely to what extent Kiev is assisted by US paid mercenaries, CIA military and strategic advisers and their equipment, all paid for in one way or another by the State Department, CIA, or NATO. And these are facts. Not inventions for deception.”

When, after weeks of riots and violent demonstrations by fascists and US agents in Maidan Square, and innumerable visits in support by British and US politicians, it still looked as though the government of Ukraine would sensibly accept Russia’s generous trade deal instead of the EU’s mean austerity package, one of US Secretary of State Kerry’s aides was recorded on the phone to the US Ambassador in Kiev declaring that the USA’s “$5 billion investment in Ukraine’s regime change cannot be let go down the drain because of the f….ing Europeans”. So they resorted to the February 22, 2014 coup.

“Ever since that infamous coup,” writes Koenig, “the US/NATO and the EU have had their dirty hands in Kiev’s Nazi killer junta – otherwise the Kiev thugs would have never had either the courage or the military knowledge to advance to the Donbas area of Ukraine, where they were literally ordered to kill their brothers. Some of them with some conscience defected early on; then they were accompanied under threats of life by CIA ‘advisers’. Eventually they defected by the thousands because of lack of food and ammunition and the resulting low-low morale.

“It is actually irrelevant whether Russia has troops and armoury in East Ukraine. In fact it would be well justified for Russia to defend her countrymen from savage slaughter, as many Donbas citizens are originally Russians. But – they don’t, as Putin is too smart to spoil his diplomatic assets on a war that is already lost by Kiev.

“The Endgame means encircling Russia and China with more NATO bases, including in Ukraine and Moldova, as close as possible to Moscow’s doorsteps; and, foreseen by 2015, with 60 percent of the US naval fleet in the South China Sea.

“We should not be detracted by the day-to-day details and lies, by the fires that flare up here and there, though all horrible, killing thousands of people; we should not be confused by ‘who is doing what?’ – But rather focus on the Big Picture, the intentions behind the US/NATO killing machine, not so much by denying the obvious lies, but rather by describing actual facts and the long-term strategy behind them.”

Koenig points out the use made of ISIS, “created and funded in 2007 by Washington under successively different names to further confuse the public at large. At that time they came out of Turkey as Syrian Freedom Fighters, later they converted into the Al’Nusra Front of rebels, and now they are the ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also called the Islamic State of the Levant. … This will do until the public needs to be again confused with a new group of Islamic terrorists to justify continuous wars on terror – to feed continuously the fat profit accounts of the eternal war-lords. But only if we the people let them confuse and deceive and divide us.”

The truth of what Koenig calls “the US-NATO killing machine, its vassal EU states and its paid mercenaries” are up to in Ukraine and the Middle East is there to be found. It has just been deliberately hidden.

In the meantime, Obama was encouraging his EU puppets to intervene and send their troops into Ukraine, before Kiev was obliged to agree to a cease-fire, while the US imposed still more sanctions on Russia. Comments Koenig on US thinking: “Let Europe take the hit if there is war.”

The former World Bank staffer summed up the position: “We the 99.99% have all the powers to stop these US-instigated murderous aggressions, by rejecting the continuously lying and deceiving propaganda machine, by rejecting and refusing to listen to the corporate presstitute media.”

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