Thursday, July 23, 2020

Russiaphobia in perspective.

The American experiment in engineered, manufactured, bogus, Dreamworks, Wizard of Oz anti-Russian hysteria was hard enough to fathom with its bewildering plot twists and turns and long lists of dishonest scumbags eager to undermine your garden-variety presidential election that offended their tender and patriotic sensibilities.

This bit of national kabuki was particularly delicious in view of the fact that the supposed target of these Slavic, cartoonish maskinations was none other than the nation of complete awesomeness that had -- for 25 some years -- made regime change and subversion of foreign governments its signature contribution to the stable world order.

Those Russian meddlers!

Then there's the mysterious NATO drang nach osten to play soldier on the Russian border to send the message that the dreaded "Russian expansionism" would make us very cross. We were already pretty cross about not getting our hands on that Russian naval base in Sevastopol. Anyhoo, total increase in Russian land mass with supposed theft of S. Ossetia, Abkhazia, Crimea, and Donbass = 0.54% which, to my incisive intelligence is bupkis in the scheme of things. Seriously.

But those Russian scheming, interfering, meddling, murderous Sons of Stalin are out to get us. Our ENEMIES! Or so goes "the narrative" which flows like the mighty Amazon through elite consciousness. How dare they interfere with out righteous plot to overthrow the "Brutal Dictator" Assad and cause misery, death, and destruction in Syria.

Well, the point of this is the baseless nature of this hysteria. And yet more insight into it is available in the report of the British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee released on July 21, 2020. It's a pathetic exercise in attempting to pump up this leaking doll with precisely zero evidence of Russian perfidy. Here's one take on the reliability of the Report's conclusion from Canadian professor Paul Robinson:

The reports’ claims are alarming at first glance. When examined, however, they can be seen to lack evidentiary support. Instead, readers are repeatedly told that there have been “widespread allegations” and that “it has been widely reported” that the Russians are up to no good. But allegations are not evidence, and time after time the report fails to substantiate the suspicions it raises.

For instance, the report declares, “There have been widespread public allegations that Russia sought to influence the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.” But the only evidence it provides to show that those allegations might be true is a reference to “open source studies” which point to pro-Brexit bias by the Russian broadcasters RT and Sputnik.[1]

Thin gruel indeed and Robinson's excellent analysis is instructive on the point of the false and contrived nature of the hateathon directed at Russia these days. "False" and "hysterical" pretty much describe the anti-Russia phenomenon. As they do anything to do with President Trump, Black Lies Matter, AntiFa, white privilege, white racism, "hate speech," Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, and the like.

[1] "‘Russia Report’: Once-mighty British intelligence has been reduced to regurgitating sensationalist Buzzfeed stories." By Paul Robinson, RT, 7/22/20.

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