In an aside to my post last week, Washington’s Wuhan laboratory lie, I wrote:
Russia’s recovery from the Yeltsin years defied Wall Street plans for her economy. It sent the West’s rulers into a frenzy … of Russophobia. No allegation – witness the Skripal and Navalny cases – was too comic-book silly for Western media consumers unaware of being more product than customers; their most exploitable conceit a belief that media driven by market forces … could possibly be independent speakers of truth to power.
To which I added this in a footnote:
… Putin poisons water in hotel room. Navalny falls sick, and is taken to a Russian state hospital. Nobody kills him there, though a hospital is an easy place to do so. Doctors find no poison, authorities approve his transfer to Berlin, where medics find novichok and accuse Russia. France agrees, the EU imposes sanctions. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
Now hear Irish MEP Clare Daly, addressing the European Parliament, contrast crocodile tears over “racist” Navalny with the vilifying of Assange for “exposing US war crimes”.1
This is what I call “speaking truth to power”. That said, her final remark is true but less than half the picture – see last month’s post on the Buddhas of Wall St.
Yes, America’s military industrial complex must justify a yearly arms spend which in recent years has fluctuated between $700bn and $1tn, more than the next ten nations combined. This is a huge transfer of wealth from America’s many to America’s few but there’s more to it than that, as can be glimpsed in seemingly dry and technical matters of trade.
One of my February Reads, due next Sunday, focuses on the way the EU, Germany especially, is caught on the horns of an increasingly acute dilemma. Will the world’s biggest energy market opt for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas …
… knowing as it does that not only is this energy both the cheapest and most abundant, but that Russia can turn to other customers across Asia? Knowing too of Russia’s value, historically and in the coming century, not only in her own right but as a land bridge to China?
Or does it continue to appease a Washington increasingly rabid in its fear of Eurasia rising?
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- Speaking of crocodile tears, much has been made of China’s alleged genocide of its Uighur population. How often is this trope trotted out by folk whose knowledge of the issue could be written on the back of a stamp? See this piece in Wisconsin based pacifist outlet, The Progressive.