Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It was a total propaganda failure

It is very gratifying to me to watch Americans calling bullshit on the latest "crisis" that the neoconservatives are using to justify US involvement in a situation and place in which Americans have no business and no authority.  The crisis is necessary to foment hatred, hatred born of fear.  When fear, and hatred born of that fear, is allowed to outweigh rationality and reason, what's that called?  We have a word for that ... what's that word?

In January 2003, two months before the invasion of Iraq, I wrote a letter to several local newspapers questioning the wisdom of invading a country that did nothing to our own, based on claims of a threat that were not bolstered by hard evidence. I opposed what later turned out to be a huge mistake.  I was vilified for that letter, by friends, family, co-workers, people in my church, and I received death threats from total strangers. And I was only exercising the very right for which were being told our soldiers were about to die.

Do you remember the venomous atmosphere of hatred that existed in the United States immediately prior to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003? No voice of reason, sanity or true Christian love stood a chance of being heard above the din.  Don't you ever forget those days. Never, as long as you live, forget it.  Because that was when Americans truly traded their souls away.
From the very beginning, this "Ukranian crisis" has been nothing but a propaganda campaign ... and it utterly failed.

I see that the US has condemned the Russian violation of the sovereignty of a weaker nation.

On March 2nd, US Secretary of State John Kerry made the absolutely astonishing statement that: "you just don't invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests."  He said it, I swear.  You can hear it for yourself.

The rest of the world sees that for the rank hypocrisy that it is ... but are Americans able to see past the cloud of deception and distraction, the propaganda, that has, an recently, led them into unnecessary foreign wars, ill-considered, and unwise?  Will they go down that road again?

And make no mistake, the US loses credibility every time it uses bluster and bluff to make threats it can't back up.  Remember when Vladimir Putin humiliated President Obama and John Kerry over their "red line" threats in Syria?  Well, he's done it again.

Again, it is gratifying to me to see that things have changed dramatically in 12 years. 

Americans are calling bullshit on any "Russian threat."  And that is one of the most positive things I've seen in years.