Skip to comments.The Empire of Lies (Part 1)
Posted on 05/19/2014 3:00:04 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
The Empire of Lies, Part I
Commentary for 19 May 2014
I conducted three interviews in recent days about the struggle for freedom in Ukraine, Venezuela and Romania. From writer and political analyst Sammy Eppel, I learned how the Communists are coping with powerful opposition forces in Venezuela. I also spoke, once again, with Ukrainian activist Boris Chykulay who updated me on events in Ukraine and offered his analysis; and I interviewed Anca-Marie Cernea, who was kind enough to explain the Ukraine crisis as seen from Romania a country which struggles, even now, to break its old Communist shackles.
But first, before offering choice bits from these interviews, I would like to touch upon the anti-Ukrainian and anti-American propaganda put out by the Russian media. The lies which flood the Russian air waves are beyond anything we have seen in recent years. Russian television viewers are exposed to a mind-bending barrage of distortions which are effectively preparing the country for war. As a recent article on the Economist.com has pointed out, Russians have been subjected to an intense, aggressive and blunt disinformation campaign in which they were bombarded by images of violence, chaos and fascism in Ukraine, sinister plotting by the West and evidence of Russias strength and nobility in response. Since these words were written Russian broadcasts have grown even coarser and more routine. It is worth remembering, as well, how Kremlin media czar Dmitry Kiselyov, on Russian TV Channel 1, spoke of why Obamas hair might turn gray after phoning President Putin. Russia is the only country in the world that really can turn the USA into radioactive ash, said Kiselyov. Such braggadocio coupled with sly allusions to Obamas weakness, does indeed suggest that Russias intention is to invade Eastern Ukraine. Why else would such nonsense appear on Russian TV? The need for public support in any aggressive military confrontation is well understood in the Kremlin, and fully appreciated by the Russian generals.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new enemy, same as the old enemy.