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Cheering On The Soap Opera War

Gillian Dymond

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When I arrived in Shanghai for a few weeks at the end of 1989, it was a heady time. Over the previous months one “iron curtain” state after another had opened its doors to the world, giving birth to newly independent countries that I’d encountered previously only in the books of fairy stories I once read to my children.

By November that great icon of separation, the Berlin Wall, had effectively, if not materially, melted away, as tens of thousands from the Ostzone surged through the checkpoints dividing east from west.

I remembered the tension, some thirty years earlier, when the wall went up and for a short while Russian and American tanks defied each other from either side of the barrier. I had just returned from Frankfurt after visiting my German boyfriend, who was about to start his national service in the Bundeswehr. His family were part of the flotsam of World War II, having fled westward before the advance of Russian troops.

I myself was born during that war, six months after my father was lost at sea while escorting the convoys. In fact, one of my earliest memories is of winning the fancy-dress competition at a street party marking the end of hostilities, wearing the costume of a little Dutch girl made by a kind auntie, and a pair of clogs, painted with Belgian flags, brought back by some soldiering cousin from the war-ravaged continent.

The doodlebugs that fell during those final stages of the war had spared our street in east London, but the terror they inspired must have imprinted itself beneath my skin, as for years afterwards I could not hear a plane fly over during the night without instinctively diving beneath the bedclothes, heart pounding.

Throughout my childhood the spectre of war remained a hazy but constant Doppelgänger on the borders of consciousness, looming closer during the Korean conflict, then receding, before taking centre-stage at the time of the Berlin showdown, in 1961. On the threshold of life, I wept at the prospect of annihilation, unchecked by the stoicism of my mother, who had already seen off two world wars and the loss of a husband.

“It’s all right for you, you’ve already had your life,” I protested callously, as she attempted to reason with me (she was, after all, a whole fifty-four years old).

I watched the ban-the-bomb demonstrations on the television news and, up at Oxford that October, admired from afar the campaigning efforts of Boris Johnson’s mother, Charlotte Fawcett and her flame-haired boyfriend, Wynford Hicks (described jauntily in Cherwell as “Oxford’s own Belisha beacon”).

I did not join the protests: my heartfelt longing for all bombs, and all war, to be abolished took second place to the fear that only possession of a deterrent could prevent the evil Soviets from pressing the nuclear button. We, of course, would never dream of doing such a thing. Well, not again … Not now that it was the H bomb …

A year later, the Cuban missile crisis threw us into renewed panic, but by the following summer Kennedy was visiting West Berlin, bringing comfort to the beleaguered city by declaring that he, too, was “ein Berliner”, and hilarity to sticklers for German grammar, who understood him to have identified himself as a doughnut.

The years passed, and despite all our fears, and a brief resurgence of CND in the early 80s, life went on: and now, as we entered the 1990s, it seemed that a future of untrammelled peace lay before us. There was no more enemy! The Soviet Union was disintegrating! We were the good guys and, as in all the best Hollywood movies, we had won!

Of course, all around us in 1989 Shanghai the bad guys continued to impose their will on a captive population. Only a few months earlier the students here, parading an image of the Statue of Liberty, had narrowly escaped the fate of protesters in Tiananmen Square when the mayor of the city, Zhu Rongji, managed to calm things down before the army could march in and do its worst. But we had no doubt that even here things were changing.

Though enormous hoardings still glorified the Number One (or Two, or Three) Umbrella Factory, small agricultural producers, after selling a fixed percentage of their produce to the government at rock-bottom prices, were allowed to dispose of the rest for their own benefit; in the evenings we ate at a pocket-sized, but highly successful, privately-owned restaurant; increasing numbers of younger people were going abroad, to America, to Australia, to study; and shady wheeler-dealers, armed with the first crude mobile phones, were already finding ways to exploit the opportunities offered by a burgeoning economy.

Across the Huang Po the wastes of Pudong were beginning to sprout the latest in high rises, and everywhere ‘foreign friends’ were feted and begged to speak English by those with an eye to the West. As we celebrated the advent of 1990 at a multi-national gathering of those summoned from the far quarters of the earth to support the Four Modernisations and help usher China towards the 21st century, it seemed that even the most obstinate bastions of a failed ideology must soon be swept along in the triumph of free, peace-loving nations.

Between the far east and the far west, however, there were unfortunately still a few bad guys to be mopped up before heaven could be established on earth, and the following August our television screens were rudely invaded by the First Gulf War. I had little idea what it was all about, beyond the fact that it involved oil and an evil dictator who did nasty things to his own people, but realised unequivocally that Something Must Be Done when an attractive young Arab woman appeared on the BBC to tell us that Iraqi soldiers were throwing tiny babies out of incubators in a Kuwait hospital.

Naturally, then, our intervention was justified, and naturally, being right, we won.

George Bush Senior celebrated the fact by declaring that we now “have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a New World Order: a world where the rule of law, not the rule of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations” . This one last brief skirmish, I convinced myself, had been nothing but a hiccup. Moist-eyed and grateful, I readjusted my sights in the direction of our imminent Utopia.

When you are not a politically orientated person it takes a long time, and a lot of evidence quietly piling up in the sub-conscious, before you reach the point of questioning your own country’s ultimate rectitude, let alone its universally respected mouthpiece, the BBC. At some point the fraudulent nature of that nice young woman’s claims about babies and incubators was noised abroad, and I became uncomfortably aware that our national broadcaster, if not proved guilty of deliberate propaganda, was not always meticulous in checking the facts: but I reminded myself that Saddam was, after all, the new Hitler, and a certain amount of fog in time of war should be expected. Nevertheless, a chink had been made in my trusting armour.

In 1999, when NATO pilots pounded Belgrade with bombs from 24th March until 8th June () and, as they rained down terror from the skies in retribution for ethnic cleansing, helped the KLA to ethnically cleanse Serbs, Jews, Roma and other minorities from their homes in Kosovo, the chink became a gaping hole.

Surely the point of NATO was to defend its member states, not to pick a side in the civil wars of a country which had never threatened it, and then soak up into its sphere of influence portions of territory detached from the vanquished whole! With my computer now providing a counterpoint to the official “narrative”, I began to look beyond the BBC for a more balanced view.

The new millennium, and the internet, brought confirmation after confirmation of our own war-mongering: the Second Gulf War, conjured up from a concoction of lies and conducted with an inhumanity surpassed only by the continuing death and devastation left in its wake; Hillary Clinton gloating over the funeral pyre of Libya as she proclaimed, “We came, we saw, he died!”; our soldiers sent to be killed and maimed guarding the poppy fields of Afghanistan; our war by proxy on a Syria clinging impudently to its right to determine its own future; our complicity in Saudi Arabia’s assault on Yemen, whose annually accumulating death toll, now in the hundreds of thousands, is not thought important enough to justify calls for an orchestrated hate campaign against the perpetrators or wall-to-wall coverage by the BBC; and now a conflict in Ukraine which might never have had the least grounds for justification had NATO not impinged, and threatened to impinge yet more, on the buffer zone along Russia’s borders informally agreed after the dissolution of the USSR – or, indeed, had it not given the government of a divided country the backing which encouraged it to oppress a significant portion of its own population while cocking a snook at its nuclear-armed neighbour.

In many ways, the war in Ukraine is a mirror image of the Yugoslav conflict of 1999: in both cases a state which had been arbitrarily patched together from people of different religions and ethnicities came under strain, with minority areas seeking to break away from an uncongenial central regime; in both cases tensions were increased by the presence of extremist elements and wilfully exacerbated by Western interests; and in both cases foreign powers – in the case of Yugoslavia, NATO, in the case of Ukraine, Russia – intervened on behalf of a chosen faction, with the stated aim of preventing persecution and ethnic cleansing.

The difference is that, in Ukraine, Russia has additional legitimate concerns regarding its own security, given the encroachments of NATO forces around its borders, whereas Yugoslavia posed not the least suspicion of a threat to any member of the “defensive” NATO alliance. In Ukraine, as in Yugoslavia, where Serbia, the most ethnically diverse part of the country, but imprudently friendly to Russia, was attacked and turned towards the West, NATO’s objective appears to be the isolation and further disempowerment of its old Cold-War antagonist, with a view to regime change in Moscow itself.

The other comparison evoked by the present situation is October 1962, when we waited with bated breath, praying that Khrushchev would remove his missiles from Cuba before Kennedy pressed the nuclear button. That situation was resolved by the quid pro quo of America removing its own missiles from Turkey and Italy, while the USSR pulled its offending hardware off Cuban soil and agreed to respect the Monroe Doctrine.

In 1962 the two sides were evenly matched and peace could be arranged without conflict. Besides, at that time neither was keen to become involved in full-scale hostilities. This time round, all the evidence suggests that NATO was only too eager to instigate a proxy war with a Russia which it had deliberately forced into a corner, regardless of the threat posed to world peace.

The CIA, it seems, had been revivifying and nurturing Nazi elements in the Ukrainian population for some 70 years, and it was these extremists who formed the backbone of the Ukrainian troops, armed and trained by NATO members, that were apparently preparing simultaneous attacks on Donetsk and Crimea on 8th March 2022.

Without any effective bargaining counters to offer, Russia’s solution, if it was to avoid yet more unfriendly missiles being installed along its borders, not to mention the potential for becoming embroiled in serious conflict in defence of its navy’s sole warm-water base, was to forestall these attacks by launching a military operation which would leave it in a better position for negotiating a long-term settlement of the issues at stake: but the Western powers, though from the start it has been clear that prolonging the crisis can result only in unnecessary bloodshed at best and escalation beyond the present field of conflict at worst, have shown little interest in encouraging negotiation, choosing instead to inflame a potentially disastrous situation by continuing to ship in arms and encouragement to their proxy combatants and whipping up a crazed racist frenzy in their populations, who are now baying for Russian blood in the same way that their forebears demanded the blood of demonised Germans during World War I.

Nothing more can be expected from the powerful, who have never shown any care for the hoi polloi: but has the instinct for self-preservation among the prospective cannon fodder really degenerated so much during the sixty years since we applauded Russia and America for having the common sense to acknowledge each other’s interests and avert the threat of a needless, all-consuming war?

Why are the naively trusting public falling so willingly under the spell of media propagandists who are all too obviously hypersensitising them to unlimited compassion for brave little Ukraine while glossing over the plight of the brave little breakaway republics?

How is it that we have forgotten the truth which was so evident, back in 1962, to people who vividly remembered the bloody reality of guns and bombs and the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the indisputable truth that “to jaw jaw is always better than to war war”?

It’s not as if there were nothing to talk about.

Anyone who takes the trouble to examine the facts can easily ascertain that Russia has been attempting for years to get round the table and thrash out the question of NATO’s ongoing absorption of former Soviet states and the angst-inducing awareness of increasing numbers of missiles stationed along its borders. Only after almost all of the neutral buffer zone informally agreed by the West had been absorbed into NATO – in 1999 Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic; in 2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – did Russia draw its line in the sand and insist upon its own comparatively modest Monroe Doctrine, when it thwarted the accession of Georgia to NATO and made it clear that Ukraine, too, was strictly off-limits.

Waiting in the supermarket queue the other day, I overheard the checkout assistant discussing the ongoing drama with a customer: the civilian casualties, the poor refugees, the wickedness of Putin. For them, it was simply a question of Zelensky right, Putin wrong, as they watched this latest real-life soap opera replace the equally deceptive Covid saga on their TV screens, cheering the heroes and booing the villains selected for them by the directors of the show.

Even more depressing, the windows of our local community group have turned yellow and blue with children’s paintings of Ukrainian flags and “I (heart) Ukraines”. Even children, it seems, are being recruited by sweeping propaganda to validate our government’s ruthless prolongation of slaughter in a country which the little flag-wavers had not even heard of a few weeks ago, and which most of their parents would be hard-pressed to find on a map.

Carefully moulded by the insistent voices of press and television, public opinion here in the UK appears to have decided that the total humiliation of Russia is the only acceptable outcome of the conflict. But what would that same public opinion be if mainstream journalists, instead of refusing to acknowledge the fact that every day of warfare increases the threat of escalation, stopped acting as cheerleaders for a “fight to the death of the last Ukrainian”, and reported the present conflict even-handedly?

What if the media were to give a voice to those on both sides who are suffering: whose homes and neighbourhoods are being destroyed; who, already exhausted by eight years of bombardment in a bloody civil war, long only for peace negotiations to begin, or who are being prevented at gunpoint by their own forces from entering humanitarian corridors and held under siege as human shields?

What if our “thought leaders” pointed out that the sanctions we are judgementally imposing on Russia will do their alleged target little harm while cruelly exposing our own inability to provide ourselves with either food or energy, and leaving more and more of us reduced to begging alms from an all-powerful State?

What if they stopped telling us who to support, and pleaded on behalf of all the ordinary people throughout the world who wish only to live their lives free from daily terror ? Perhaps without the deliberate fanning of partisan passions, those who are now banishing Tchaikovsky from concert halls and attempting to remove Dostoyevsky from university syllabuses would be calling instead for an immediate ceasefire and negotiations. Perhaps, faced with honest media coverage, even our foreign secretary might be persuaded that it is not her job to urge British subjects to go and kill Russians or to chivvy other countries into even more aggressive sanctions, but to do all she can to foster and help maintain a lasting settlement.

If only…

Instead, we are likely to be bludgeoned with yet more emotive propaganda as NATO continues to ship in arms and mercenaries, threatening world peace with a grinding war of attrition. It is likely that even now false flag operations are being planned with a view to intensifying Russophobia and drumming up popular support for a wider conflict – a ploy which was used to further the cause of regime-change in Syria, and subsequently exposed.

In the face of such chicanery, the shocking imagery on our screens will not be questioned in a country where anything that contradicts the official “narrative” is dubbed “fake news”: and things can only get worse if the Online Safety Bill now going through parliament is passed, opening up endless opportunities to silence and punish those who might “harm” the public by offering them uncensored information or an alternative point of view.

No doubt even in the far-off days of the Cold War we were subjected to propaganda, though it was less potent before outsize television screens dominated every sitting-room and technology’s power to produce illusory scenarios was hardly tapped; when, too, we had not yet grown accustomed to spending so much time in a virtual world, where bombed-out buildings rise intact from the ashes and the dead spring to life again at the flick of a finger.

It obviously helped that back then, before social media threatened ignominy and isolation to anyone daring to contest the “single source of truth”, nobody was afraid to argue their case or to seek a more balanced assessment of the facts by playing devil’s advocate.

In those days, above all, our own recent experience ensured that there was an understanding and abhorrence of the realities of war which was shared even by someone only as tangentially affected as myself.

In 1962, when a mere seventeen years separated us from the bloodbath in which Britain had lost its million and Russia its tens of millions, there was no appetite either here or there for further conflict. In the UK, we heaved a sigh of relief when common sense prevailed and the two Mr Ks struck a realistic bargain.

Today, as both parliament and the State-funded media continue to push a public with no experience of the brutalities of actual warfare into demanding, from their seat in the grandstand, nothing less than outright victory for brave little Ukraine, it seems that the powerful interests which appear to be set on prolonging hostilities will continue to enjoy all the popular support they could possibly desire.

Gillian Dymond, Whitley Bay

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Sofia K
Sofia K
May 15, 2022 4:55 PM

The strangest thing is that even Russian politicians seem to want not only Ukraine, but also Russia to be destroyed. But then, Western politicians have been destroying their countries’ economies and health of the citizens for the past two years.

HockeyGuy
HockeyGuy
May 11, 2022 2:14 PM

At some point, it becomes plainly obvious and apparent that this entire Ukraine war is not simply our corrupt politicians managing to fecklessly bumble and stumble into mistake after mistake of failed negotiation and diplomacy. No – they either WANT all-out war, or are simply the dancing puppets for the shadowy people who really run the world that DO want all-out war. They are outright refusing any actions or steps which will release the tension and lower the hostilities, and are gleefully manipulating the masses to cheer for their own potential destruction. It’s sick and twisted.

Cromwell
Cromwell
May 1, 2022 12:18 AM

Thank you for an excellent and well balanced article. I have not lived through such a time of war based psyops before.
These are remarkably dangerous times for everyone nomatter where they live. My thoughts are what we leave for the young….if anything.

MLS
MLS
Apr 28, 2022 1:15 PM

A soap opera war indeed, as in almost totally fictional.

camille
camille
Apr 27, 2022 10:58 PM

I loved reading this article, I love Off G. Whether you agree with the views expressed or not, it is such a pleasure to read summat different from MSM views! This quote interested me ”In many ways, the war in Ukraine is a mirror image of the Yugoslav conflict of 1999: in both cases a state which had been arbitrarily patched together from people of different religions and ethnicities came under strain, with minority areas seeking to break away from an uncongenial central regime; ” You could say the same about 1914- assasination of Arch Duke Ferdinand( balkans, Serbs ,Austro-Hungary ” etc) and probably loads of other situations too. It was interesting reading about the author’s ” epiphany moment”. For me , Jackie Walker’s reference to the ‘ African Holocaust’ made me look again at the way the West talks about racism and WW2.When I was at University I studied German and we all had to read a book called ‘a social history of the Third Reich.’ Jackie Walker made me realise that there is something very wrong with a lot of the way standard history books talk about WW2, Churchill and racism. In the books I read,it is as if Nazi Germany invented racism and racial hierachies. There was NO mention in ‘a social history of the third reich’ of all the racist laws in the US which were being practised both during WW2 and after. Nor was there a mention of all of the racist views held by Churchill and the other ( no US ) WW2 allies.

R2b
R2b
Apr 27, 2022 11:48 AM

A ”Berliner”, isn’t that a ”wurst”, (sausage)?

camille
camille
Apr 27, 2022 10:49 PM
Reply to  R2b

It is a doughnut but I have never understood why people make fun of Kennedy..so far as I am aware it does also mean a man from Berlin

Ort
Ort
Apr 29, 2022 8:37 PM
Reply to  camille

Amen! My high-school German (c. 1970-72) didn’t last long enough for me to sort this out, but I too wonder about the sneering claim that JFK ignorantly referred to himself as a “doughnut” before a rapt German audience and the whole world, especially in what was obviously written to be a climactic line in his speech.

FWIW, I recently asked a polyglot expatriate relative, who lives in France but speaks excellent German, about this. He’d never heard about the alleged “doughnut” gaffe, and also thought “Berliner” is a correct term for Berlin resident.

JFK was an accomplished orator, not like The Ghost of Joe Biden (Barely) Present who tripped over his tongue throughout his career– a trait which the media mostly treated as lovably cute, BTW. Anyway, since JFK clearly wasn’t speaking extemporaneously, aka making it up as he went along, I find it hard to believe that if “Berliner” was absolutely the wrong word, someone wouldn’t have caught it beforehand.

It’s not important enough to attempt a “deep dive” researching the question, but I’d like to see a qualified and trustworthy “fact-check” on this dubious claim– again, I think JFK and his staff would scrupulously avoid even minor gaffes that would make JFK come off as just another Ugly American.

Sofia K
Sofia K
May 15, 2022 4:43 PM
Reply to  Ort

JFK used it correctly. I have never heard of the word being used for a doughnut, and I live in Washington, DC. I suspect it is a British usage.

Ort
Ort
May 15, 2022 8:48 PM
Reply to  Sofia K

Thanks for the confirmation!

I know that the filled doughnuts known as Pfannkuchen in Germany acquired the nickname “Berliner” in English-speaking countries. That much wasn’t surprising or controversial; after all, as a lifelong Pennsylvanian I’ve always enjoyed “hamburgers” and “frankfurters”.

But the snarky criticism of JFK implies that Berlin residents are not properly called “Berliner(s)”, which as we know is simply untrue. Danke! 🍩

edmond michel berrang
edmond michel berrang
May 1, 2022 10:04 AM
Reply to  R2b

no sir, its a doughnut….

edmond michel berrang
edmond michel berrang
May 1, 2022 10:05 AM
Reply to  R2b

and a hamburger lives in Hamburg, of course…

R2b
R2b
Apr 27, 2022 11:46 AM

👓

New Name
New Name
Apr 26, 2022 12:06 AM

Long Time

The author certainly took a long time to wake up.

Patriciacvvc4
Patriciacvvc4
Apr 25, 2022 9:03 PM

Great

Johnnycomelately
Johnnycomelately
Apr 25, 2022 7:40 PM

not heard a lot from CND.
wonder what happened to them.?

McMurhpy
McMurhpy
Apr 25, 2022 10:40 AM

Excellent article.
There is another comparison to NATO’s attack on Yugoslavia (Serbia & Montenegro) – that of a false flag Racak “massacre” in Kosovo and Metohija (the full name of the Serbian province where Metohija derives from the Greek word μετόχια, meaning “monastic estates” – a reference to the large number of villages and estates in the region that were owned by the Serbian Orthodox monasteries).
Racak “massacre” was used by NATO to mount an organized military aggression known as Operation “Noble Anvil” against Yugoslavia (indiscriminate bombing with conventional, cluster and bombs with depleted uranium from 24th March to 10th June 1999). The end result was the installation of the second largest American military base in Europe on the territory of Serbia established in June 1999.
This false flag comparison stops there as Bucha and any other staged NATO “massacres” and “crimes against humanity” will not change the (ill)fate of Ukrainians destined as cannon fodder by their NATO masters.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Apr 25, 2022 4:48 PM
Reply to  McMurhpy

“The Nazi Assassin Terror Outfit (NATO) needs to Go, NOW!”
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“Along with ALL the other war racketeering anti-democratic corporate fascist imperialist agencies of exploitation, oppression, mass murder, terror and torture.”

“To Hell with War! To Hell with Corporate Fascism!”

Tristan Zoer
Tristan Zoer
Apr 29, 2022 9:08 AM
Reply to  McMurhpy

NATO base in Serbia?  😁  What’s your drug of choice, cabron?

Sofia K
Sofia K
May 15, 2022 4:35 PM
Reply to  Tristan Zoer

Camp Bondsteel is a NATO base in Kosovo, which is still part of Serbia.

les online
les online
Apr 25, 2022 9:20 AM

The ABC TV – Australian taxpayer funded national television…
Channel 24 is the ABCs 24/7 “News” broadcaster,,,
Reverse psychology…or Mindgames ?
Friday evening last the channel broadcast a video (packaged as “News”) that explained: whenever Putin (aka Russia) claims ‘Ukraine intends a chemical false flag event’, or ‘the West is planning to use strategic nukes’ it actually means Russia (aka Putin) intends a chemical false flag and will blame the Ukraine for it. And Russia-Putin is thinking of using nukes…
The ABC “News” has a reputation of being a “Quality” broadcast. Not because it covers different topics, covers topics in depth, shows different footage of the same events, or even puts a different spin on the same “stories”. It does none of these. Its “Quality” is due to its humourless presentation. It takes the “News” seriously…
And it doesnt intersperse the “News” with crass commercials…Which is why it appeals to the educated, the intelligent – to those who like to think they’re in the know…
As mentioned in Jacques Ellul’s ‘Propaganda. The Formation of Men’s Attitudes’ intellectuals & the educated are greedy for propaganda…
But i stop, before stray into the realm of Pop psychology…

jimbo
jimbo
Apr 25, 2022 6:26 AM

gosh Kittee just as bad as the Graudian censors aren’t you

wherez our comment dude

cant take a liddle crit

thin skin is we

we screen shotted it

bahahahaha fake snowflake

Hardin Jones
Hardin Jones
Apr 25, 2022 9:09 PM
Reply to  jimbo

Silly.

NickM
NickM
Apr 25, 2022 6:07 AM

After a long and resolute struggle to shield their devoted readers, the Guardian has resignedly decided to expose them to “The Awful Truth” — the Anglo-Zionazi Kleptocrat regime in Kiev is losing its 8 year war against the Ukraine.

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 7:44 PM
Reply to  NickM

hah, it must suck to be a Ukraine shill spouting desperate propaganda. “the Ukraine” and its fascsist CIA-funded scumbags are finished, deal with it. Or Crimea River.

les online
les online
Apr 25, 2022 4:51 AM

Television trains viewers how to think…
Television “News” is post-hypnotic suggestion not by its content but by its framing.
Frame the “News”, frame viewers post “News” minds..
Routine: watching TV News is as much part of the prison as are the cell’s bricks & mortar…

FreedomFT
FreedomFT
Apr 25, 2022 1:51 AM

I would think by now people would stop portraying arab & North African nations as heroes or sympathetic just because the US launched a war there. No support for those wars. Syrians run criminal networks in Haiti & other places, Middle Easterners still practise slavery of other races. They don’t acknowledge their own human rights abuses either. They torture their own to the extent that the baby incubator in Kuwait story was believable.
On the subject of endless war-baiting on the Western front..it is up to people to stop excusing their fav political party & call out corruption.
Except, many themselves are part of the corrupt. Between EU technocrat pharma goons and diverse non-Western infiltration of institutions in UK & US…there’s a lot to do and the divide could widen.
Seems the big ones are ready to fight again? Maybe not.
Despite the arrogance of certain Russian social media accounts…situation in Ukraine isn’t exactly going the way Russians planned it.
With growing vaccine injured and a nice helping of high living costs & slow impoverishment, many may want revolution or at least flushing their politicians before another war.
Wait for the plandemic treaty from Gates & company.

NickM
NickM
Apr 25, 2022 6:11 AM
Reply to  FreedomFT

FreedomFT, are you still eating your Freedom Fries?

Mr Y
Mr Y
Apr 25, 2022 10:22 AM
Reply to  FreedomFT

Nonsense, mate, nonsense!

New Name
New Name
Apr 25, 2022 11:53 PM
Reply to  FreedomFT

I presume you support the “only democracy in the Middle East”.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 24, 2022 11:11 PM

Thank you
This article is a keeper imo.
Cheers

Sebastian
Sebastian
Apr 24, 2022 10:12 PM

One of the better articles on this website, to be fair.

Controlled, emotive and true.

Hugh O'Neill
Hugh O'Neill
Apr 24, 2022 9:48 PM

Meanwhile, here in NZ it is ANZAC day which has assumed the mantle of the Holy of Holies and brave be the man who doesn’t bow before the altar of National Solemnity. They died for our freedoms – yeah, right. Cannon fodder is cannon fodder and young men signed up because they were brainwashed by 10 years of pro-war propaganda, organised by Alfred Lord Milner & Co and the Round Table cabal (the ancestor of 5 Eyes). This ANZAC day I will play Eric Bogle’s “The Band played waltzing Matilda” and head off for a game of gold this arvo.

Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Apr 24, 2022 11:16 PM
Reply to  Hugh O'Neill

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Edith
Edith
Apr 25, 2022 3:24 AM
Reply to  Cliff Edwards

And that picture is exactly why my father would refuse to go near RSL….he sat through situations just like that in PNG

NickM
NickM
Apr 25, 2022 6:15 AM
Reply to  Cliff Edwards

+1

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Apr 24, 2022 11:25 PM
Reply to  Hugh O'Neill

You could follow on with I was only 19 and have a beer or two in the 19th hole at the end of the game, meanwhile Australia has 24/7 cover of Anzackery today on the media and like so many other nations will maunder on lest we forget while forgetting we have bombed umpteen nations since the end of WW 11 and helped to kill millions.

Meanwhile we have Afghan, Syrian, Iraqi refugees locked up for a decade here without any real help under the refugee convention, we have Australian babies and mums dying in a prison camp in Syria and white Ukrainian refugees get visas in 3 hours.

Lexicon
Lexicon
Apr 25, 2022 3:05 AM

Para 1 is as true as para 2 is false.

Shepherd, – who was notorious as a foam-flecked supporter of country-shopping welfare migrants at CiF at The Grauniad in the days when it was not utterly an MI6 sheet, lives in a country town in South Aust. She is also, as he has written here, highly averse to white Australians as such, and remembers the 50s and her own parents with loathing. My condolences.

Shepherd is as far away as maybe from the inrush of Arab and African males of fighting age into the EU and UK, and thinks she can afford the habitual empathy and compassion at the expense of the local native-born. Because the unresticted immigration she preaches benefits only gross GDP, not per capita GDP and hence the profits of those corporations that want high population numbers as such.

They are the nationals and transnationls, not the small businesses destroyed by the Scamdemic….see any connection here ?

jimbo
jimbo
Apr 25, 2022 5:43 AM

Let us remember:

Aboriginal people are massively overrepresented in the criminal justice system of Australia. They represent only 3% of the total population, yet more than 29% of Australia’s prison population are Aboriginal.

Source: Aboriginal prison rates – Creative Spirits, retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/law/aboriginal-prison-rates

Also:

Colonial Frontier Massacres, Australia, 1788 to 1930
https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/map.php

And. . . .

Since July 19, 2013, the Australian government has forcibly transferred more than 3,000 asylum seekers who sought to reach Australia by boat to offshore processing camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Individuals and families with children spent years living in substandard conditions in these centers, where they suffered severe abuse, inhumane treatment, and medical neglect.

Otherwise . . . oh dear

Twelve Australian animals have been newly listed as extinct, including the Christmas Island pipistrelle, desert bettong, Nullarbor barred bandicoot and the Capricorn rabbit-rat, raising the nation’s official share of the world’s extinct mammals over 20 months from 34 per cent to 38 per cent.

So cum down under and cut, kill, dig & plunder!!!

Lexicon
Lexicon
Apr 25, 2022 9:11 AM
Reply to  jimbo

The usual bourgeois Fake Left inability to think sequentially but to moralise and recriminate fit to bust. George Orwell nailed these people in his England my England essay in ca. 1941.

. Because the higher the population of Australia becomes owing to unrestricted immigration to enhance gross GDP (see my comment to Shepherd above) the more native animal habitat gets developed ie built over, to house all the country-shopping “refugees” and regular migrants from relative poverty. And so native animals get killed off for lack of habitat.

New Name
New Name
Apr 26, 2022 12:02 AM
Reply to  Lexicon

It was the unrestricted immigration that started in 1788 that doomed most of Australia’s unique wildlife. The Tasmanian Devil and the Tasmanian aboriginals are no longer with us. I doubt if the wild Koala still exists.

Lexicon
Lexicon
Apr 26, 2022 6:10 AM
Reply to  New Name

Ah, a breast-beating Church of Wokeness wokeist, this time of the Deep Green variety.

As Prof Schellenhuber, head of the Potsdam climate research outfit said at a Melbourne conference years back to the PC mirth of all the attendees, most of whom I surmise will now in 2022 be triple jabbed and Daniel Andrews voters:

people are viruses that wear shoes.

Concluding,

  1. Tasmanian aboriginals are now not extinct at all, according to the Wokeist party line as peddled by the State, its academics and the media.
  2. Koalas are well-represented in various parts of the country.
  3. Immigration was restricted in type/race until ca. 1965, so up to then there were no Indians or Chinese in such numbers as exist in 2022.. Their obedience to Covid Safetyism in Australia, ie. their pro rata absence from Freedom rallies is noticeable, leading the Fake Left Wokeist Green Left Weekly to sneer that the demonstrators were all “white and European”.
Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Apr 26, 2022 11:14 AM
Reply to  Lexicon

I don’t use faddish phrases like woke. I stopped watching Hollyweird more than 30 years ago and television nearly 20 years ago. I find the unconventional use of lower body apertures most distasteful. I detest Dictator Dan.

I have never seen a wild koala. Have you ? Your tribe led the charge for the clot shots. The ugly witch whose name escapes me locked down the ethnic suburbs to drive up the “vaccination” rates.Anglo Saxons are as muzzled as the Chinese.

Hugh O’Neill
Hugh O’Neill
Apr 25, 2022 6:59 AM

Eric Bogle’s “No Man’s Land” is another superb indictment of bloody pointless war. We only played 9 but the wind nearly blew us back to Australia. On a par with Eric’s bogey…

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 3:22 AM
Reply to  Hugh O'Neill

Cenotaph is for those who died not you.

Vagabard
Vagabard
Apr 24, 2022 8:40 PM

Interesting that the authoress highlights the ’90s as a turning point for trust in the BBC.

I’d echo that. And I don’t believe it’s just an age thing. Not just a rite of passage in which you learn that that your country isn’t/wasn’t 100% perfect after all.

I think something did actually change in that period, which is difficult to identify precisely although others may be able to.

I first noticed it with the suspiciously one-sided coverage of Princess Diana’s death but for others there were clearly other wake-up triggers.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 11:26 PM
Reply to  Vagabard

One factor might be that we’d had a solid 10 years of Thatcherism by the beginning of the 1990’s.

Vagabard
Vagabard
Apr 25, 2022 12:17 AM

Possibly. The end of the Iron Lady’s reign coinciding with the end of the Iron Curtain. Two long-lasting regimes ending simultaneously. Each sounding the death knell of the other.

Their demise perhaps laying seed to the idea there is no longer any need to have two sides in a debate. Instead of two sides at loggerheads, have two sides competing over who disparages the ‘outsider’ more. Disparaging the unvaxxed or the Russophile. Earning one’s Russophobic stripes.

From bipolar world order to hegemonic world order. From bipolar media to hegemonic media coverage

Edith
Edith
Apr 25, 2022 3:22 AM
Reply to  Vagabard

We had a major planetary conj in 90’s uranus and neptune in Capricorn. Setting up the follow on now with 3 some through the same point 2020 along with eclipses….so much of the 90’s echos now….and I am running into young ones born then who are heading up little groups to cooperate and keep themselves safe in the continuing mess….some have very powerful energy fields and I wish them well…..I tell them it is theirs now….they have the energy to fight for their future…,

NickM
NickM
Apr 25, 2022 6:21 AM

Crowned with 10 years in Cardboard City. Sealed with a second stretch in Surveillance City; under Maggie’s favourite son (no, not Mark) .

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 12:12 AM
Reply to  Vagabard

Basically after factual on ground reporting all we had left were documentaries.

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 7:52 PM
Reply to  Vagabard

It’s the author– the word is used for men, women and whoever else. NOT “the authoress”
( cringe!)

Mary
Mary
Apr 24, 2022 7:31 PM

What if all ordinary people stop playing soldier. Never gonna happen.

BOSTONIAN
BOSTONIAN
Apr 24, 2022 6:46 PM

Don’t forget to add Czechoslovakia (1919 – 1939) to the list of hybrid nations cobbled together by foreign powers to serve their national agendas. After Germany reclaimed its Sudeten territories and the 3.5 million Germans living there, the patchwork state soon dissolved, with Slovaks and Ruthenians also abandoning the harsh Czech minority dominated regime. London was absolutely furious that its scheme to contain a disarmed, impoverished, dismembered Germany within a ring of militarized states was being undone by the peaceful cooperation of the peoples involved, the same way that Washington will never willingly countenance an honorable peace between Russia and Ukraine today. Britain quickly gave its disastrous guarantee of aid to the aggressive Polish military dictatorship to make sure there would be no peaceable resolution to their border dispute with Germany as well. Whatever we may think of the German Reich, the reality is that the vastly stronger British and French empires were determined to suppress their strongest economic rival with all the treachery they had perfected in centuries of bringing death and destruction to the Third World. And we ought not overlook the disturbing role the United States had in influencing the policies of Britain, which was vastly in debt to Wall Street after its disastrous first war to neutralize Germany.
 
In a rare moment of candor in 1953, Winston Churchill summed it up to Conservative MP Lord Boothby this way, “Germany’s most unforgivable crime before the Second World War was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world’s trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit.”
 
Good versus evil is a useful construct to fool naïve youngsters into doing the killing and the dying in rich men’s wars, but it does not figure at all in the reality of national conflicts. I daresay this is why organized religion pays no tax, to assure its continuance in its primary function as the compliance assurance arm of state power.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 1:13 AM
Reply to  BOSTONIAN

Ethnic Slovak German civillans were killed post Germany’s surrender ’45 because of US Wilsons Self Determination European polices 1919 -46.
Men women and children of all ages were forced out as refugees from thier own homes and massacred.

Stephen
Stephen
Apr 24, 2022 6:27 PM

Totally agree.

My mother grew up in WW2 in Kent and always used to talk about her fear of a V1 dropping on her. My father grew up in London and his house was bombed. He survived because they were in an air raid shelter in the garden but his neighbours two doors down took a direct hit and were all killed.

We have forgotten the horror of war. Biden, Johnson, Van der Leyen and their ilk are evil incarnate because they want to foment this war still further. A plague on their houses.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 2:07 AM
Reply to  Stephen

Manchester, my Grandmother Mother Aunts worked in the cotton mills. Mother drove Ambulances Vans delivering food she even worked at a factory filling shells and a press making bullets.
Everyone helped in those days to rid Europe of Fascism and NSDAP cronies.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Apr 24, 2022 6:25 PM

A beautifully written piece. I’m a similar age and also grew up in the UK so I identify with many of your experiences and fears (including as a small child living in south east London being frightened by the sound of aircraft at night). The difference between us is that I saw through the deception at a much younger age. Our attitude towards Russia dates back to a clash of civilizations — religions and empires — that stretches back centuries. (Its surprising even today how many people have no idea about the Crimea War although everyone has reminders such as the ten pound note and “The Charge of the Light Brigade”). We just adjust the justification to suit our prejudices.

Times have changed, though. We are bombarded with material about brave Ukraine’s fight against the Iron Heel of the PutinNazis but there are large chunks of ‘the rest of the world’ that don’t seem entirely convinced. (Its especially poignant considering that the Israelis have been pounding Gaza over the last few days…but then they’re the good guys so we don’t want to rock the boat by mentioning this and anyway they’ve only killed a few Pals who probably deserved it — but I’m sure others have noticed).

MyNameIsNobody
MyNameIsNobody
Apr 24, 2022 6:24 PM

After seeing how the myopic-eyed sheeple with their tv-&-iphone-glazed blank stares fell hook line and sinker for the Scamdemic,I’m not the least bit surprised how they did the same for the proxy war.
These people simply MUST have some new smug virtue-signalling Facebook frame every so often,or else they’ll just wither and die. The constant media fear porn gives these dumb herd animals something to feel special about in their otherwise drab,routine,meaningless lives plus something trendy ‘n progressive ‘n wokey ‘n stuff to endlessly post about,not to mention to shame and feel superior to us misinformed,un-woke folks who don’t lap up everything the msm spews and just want to get through life without having to rally and wail for some new cause every hour.
When the war soap opera is no longer trending there’ll be something new,or the msm will resurrect something the sheep have forgotten about,or everyone will just yap about gender crap or gay crap or mean Tweets or blm. Whichever it is,the sheep can’t live without windmills to swing at.

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
Apr 24, 2022 11:14 PM
Reply to  MyNameIsNobody

Great points and yes, without that herd propaganda would not be possible. That need for constant outrage must be stoked repeatedly to keep it going. And they do love all the talk about death, do they not? In hushed tones usually, but not always. The drama.

johnamaz3
johnamaz3
Apr 26, 2022 4:31 AM
Reply to  MyNameIsNobody

totally agree with regard to the scamdemic & the latest lies.
thank goodness for the writers on this site & the many savvy commenters.
i’d love to hook up with anybody on the same page who lives in los angeles.
can be reached at my tag at that certain subatomic email . . .

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 7:56 PM
Reply to  MyNameIsNobody

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wardropper
wardropper
Apr 24, 2022 6:02 PM

“Anyone who takes the trouble to examine the facts…”
Exactly. It’s too much trouble.

“Why are the naively trusting public falling so willingly under the spell of
media propagandists…?”
They are not doing it willingly. They are unaware that it is propaganda.

“a ploy which was used to further the cause of regime-change in Syria, and 
subsequently exposed…”
Indeed, subsequently exposed, but nobody could be bothered to read about that.

We are not born politically aware – and I certainly wasn’t.
But a functioning brain can only tolerate so much intellectual pollution before it has to find the ON switch which leads to informing oneself.
Suffocation is the only alternative.

nondimenticare
nondimenticare
Apr 24, 2022 9:15 PM
Reply to  wardropper

+++

nondimenticare
nondimenticare
Apr 24, 2022 9:16 PM
Reply to  wardropper

+10

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 3:47 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Belief in when the drum beats the prancing horse heads off to War with it’s arse….might help.

no-one important
no-one important
Apr 24, 2022 5:57 PM

“Why are the naively trusting public falling so willingly under the spell of media propagandists who are all too obviously hypersensitising them to unlimited compassion for brave little Ukraine while glossing over the plight of the brave little breakaway republics?”

Just for once I am going to ignore my inner voice of caution and say: Because they are utterly and irretrievably thick and haven’t the least inclination to seek out the truth as long as there’s something for them to watch on the telly and the pizza takeaways keep coming.

I have long since lost patience with them and prefer not to waste any more time pointing out the bleedn obvious. No – a walk with the dogbloke, whose joi de vivre keeps me sane, or an hour or two with an improving book, probably yellowed with age – these are infinitely preferable to beating my head against the wall. But then I am stricken in years and my tolerance of fools has worn exceeding thin of late.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Apr 24, 2022 11:21 PM

But is it only the ‘irretrievably thick’ who are the believers? What about the many doctors who were brainwashed into their belief system? They can’t all just be thick. Ergo, there are other factors at play – fear, laziness, complacency, …

Donald Duck
Donald Duck
Apr 24, 2022 5:51 PM

Looks like the Age of Reason has transmuted into the age of schizophrenia. Hate, Lies, and violence, death, destruction and falsification seem to have become the natural order of things.

Moreover the new totalitarianism is now the methodology and function of present day states. At least those have a brief to consider themselves democratic.

Orwell himself regarded political events in the pre-war period with some degree of hope. This was instanced during the time when he was doing his bit for socialism and democracy in the marxist spanish militia (Workers Party of Marxist Unity) in Spain in 1936. He was in fact nearly killed at the front by receiving a bullet through the neck. But this didn’t deter him. He even wrote a poem which in part read. ”No bomb that ever falls Shatters the crystal spirit. For ”crystal spirit” for read ‘human spirit’.

However, the same shambolic crystal is there in the paperweight of 1984 but the faith has gone. It is the moment after the thought police arrive to arrest Julia and Winston. There was another crash. Someone had picked up the glass paperweight and smashed it to pieces on the hearth stone.

”The fragment of coral, the tiny crinkle of pink, like a sugar rosebud from a cake, rolled across the mat. How small, thought Wilson. How small it always was.”

How hope dies. The totalitarian worldview had swept all before it – both then and a fortiori now and this led Orwell into the realm hopelessness and despair. Orwell, the radical socialist, became a snitch for the Foreign Office fingering leftists before he died in 1950.

It would seem to be the case that the objective of reason and freedom has mutated into to a pessimistic and reactionary unfreedom. Normally a war would sort out the good states (of course they are all good) from the ‘bad’ but they seem too powerful to impose their will on each other, and so this kabuki world struggle is really an endless stalemate. Eurasia, Oceania and Eastasia are playing a game of who gets the high chair for a given time until the next takes his turn in this geopolitical musical chairs.

I just begin to wonder whether homo sapian can ever break out of this intellectual and moral jungle.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 24, 2022 6:06 PM
Reply to  Donald Duck

I think humanity is in for a near-death experience.
They say that changes you.
I do hope so.

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 8:06 PM
Reply to  wardropper

I concur. That seems to be the initiation that humanity needs to go through.

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 8:00 PM
Reply to  Donald Duck

By Orwell’s own admission, it was somewhat by chance that he joined the POUM: “I had only joined the P.O.U.M. militia rather than any other because I happened to arrive in Barcelona with I.L.P. papers.” He later notes, “As far as my purely personal preferences went I would have liked to join the Anarchists.”

In Homage to Catalunya Orwell describes how the communists betrayed the people of Spain and facilitated Franco’s victory. The peons badmouthing Orwell in the conspiracy scene need to shut their potty mouths and read that book.
Most of them would never get off their armchair and actually risk their lives for what they believe in.

Crush
Crush
Apr 24, 2022 5:19 PM

Feeling a certain kinship with the author as to our experience in war – https://crushlimbraw.blogspot.com/2019/09/who-wants-war.html?m=0 – it is my opinion that war cannot be prevented by people who only see it on TV.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Apr 24, 2022 4:41 PM

excellent piece, BAM +100

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Apr 24, 2022 4:35 PM

Beyond the NATO hoopla and simplistic media tango. “All wars are bankers wars.”

See: The Federal Reserve – Invisible Governance via Fiat Power
March 15, 2019
The Federal Reserve – Invisible Governance via Fiat Power | The Liberty Beacon

Big al
Big al
Apr 24, 2022 4:10 PM

“Why are the naively trusting public falling so willingly under the spell of media propagandists who are all too obviously hypersensitising them to unlimited compassion for brave little Ukraine while glossing over the plight of the brave little breakaway republics?”

Coming directly on the tails of the covid scam, maybe it’s as simple as most people simply don’t want to know the truth. They want to believe what their governments tell them, especially the big, serious things they’ve been conditioned to accept. I’m reminded of a book called “Preachers Present Arms”, written by Ray Abrams:

“a startling and terrifying story of the part played in this country by the churches and the clergy during the first World War-the consciences of ministers conscripted, innocent men railroaded to prison, churches turned into recruiting stations. In Preachers Present Arms a skilled analyst of social forces examines the merciless regimentation of ideas and conduct inherent in modern warfare. His sobering account of the surrender of the ministers to war hysteria in that dark period of the world’s history-from 1914 to 1918-is in no sense an attack upon the clergy. Rather, in demonstrating how preachers were caught in the vortex of war madness, the book transcends the immediate field of its inquiry and demonstrates the influence of war psychology on the leaders and molders of public opinion. Included in this thought-provoking volume is a brief description of the churches and the clergy in World War II, and an analysis of the situation with respect to organized religion and our participation in the war in Vietnam.”

Same thing only different. Hell, when you’re willing to send 18 year old kids off to die for nothing but lies, you’re pretty fucked up. And after all the experience we’ve had since WWII – Korea, all the regime changes, Iraq, Syria, Viet fucking Nam, it’s evident that most people simple don’t want to know.

Howard
Howard
Apr 24, 2022 5:03 PM
Reply to  Big al

Personally I would have been shocked had the ministers not preached war. Look at history. You can count on one finger (if that) the number of wars not overseen by some or another religion.

Religion is more basic to war than weaponry.

Big al
Big al
Apr 24, 2022 6:07 PM
Reply to  Howard

Pretty much, including the religions of power and greed.

Edith
Edith
Apr 24, 2022 9:07 PM
Reply to  Big al

a couple of years ago I investigated the history of some of my ancestors and was shocked and puzzled how they went from preachers to plantation owners with numerous slaves in one generation….this caused a little pause for thought.,

i suspect we easily forget these were sometimes the extra sons given over to the clergy, who saw an opportunity and took it or simply that the clergy in UK were the administrators and had a long history of association with the comings and goings of kings and queens….the money holders etc…it is only on the odd occasion that they seem to be benign folk who actually care about the welfare of fellow humans….

In recent times they appear to be used extensively in the attempt to corrupt various different to UK, USA areas of the world with their missions to help etc…..

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 3:37 PM
Reply to  Edith

UK by the late 19th Century the majority of slave owners were Scottish Women.

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 8:10 PM
Reply to  Edith

Abrahamic religion is inherently racist- the prescription is in the Old Testament.

Grace Johns
Grace Johns
Apr 24, 2022 11:06 PM
Reply to  Big al

In my ongoing research into pre-WW1 period over last couple of years, I’ve been confounded by the stories of joy from the citizens on all sides about going into battle and ridding the world of ‘wrongthink’. Yes clergy, and authors conscripted into propaganda lies, and most surprising the suffragettes. Concentration camps for anyone with a remote German connection, dissenters (C.O.s) imprisoned, the white feather brigade of Karens. Same shit different day.

ZenPriest
ZenPriest
Apr 26, 2022 10:19 PM
Reply to  Big al

We live in a Matrix and most people are NPCs.

MLS
MLS
Apr 28, 2022 1:21 PM
Reply to  ZenPriest

But do they know they are?

ZenPriest
ZenPriest
Apr 26, 2022 10:20 PM
Reply to  Big al

The only answer is to self-awaken as fully as possible, not spend one’s life lamenting the NPCs.

Letterman
Letterman
Apr 24, 2022 3:59 PM

A 21 minute video by Kristen Christman, a peace activist, is quite relevant to the article’s argument. See “Condensed Summary: Russia, Ukraine, and the USA: Trapped in a Cultural Script” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OWJu9TT7wM

Howard
Howard
Apr 24, 2022 3:44 PM

Projection and a steam valve – pure and simple. The oligarchs know anger and resentment build up in a people systematically deprived of value in their lives.

They know, too, that a boiling point will be reached if they don’t do something to mitigate the situation. And since they have no intention of returning everything – spiritual as well as material – they’ve stolen from the people, they must provide something on which the people can project their anger and resentment.

If Russia hadn’t taken the bait, the oligarchs in the West would have had to pay Mr Putin to invade Ukraine.

Life is grand…for those who know which buttons to press.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 24, 2022 6:05 PM
Reply to  Howard

Sad to think how easy it is to distract people…

Edith
Edith
Apr 24, 2022 9:09 PM
Reply to  Howard

And you know he wasn’t?

hotrod31
hotrod31
Apr 24, 2022 3:31 PM

Great article, thank you.
Unfortunately, the barbarians in suits, never sleep. The lives of people mean nothing to them when compared with prospective $$$$$.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 2:51 PM

Since spring 2020 (“In the beginning Covid …”) I have made a determined effort to avoid the mainstream news as much as possible. (With the Joker’s laugh and the theme from Jaws constantly playing.) And when “Singin’ in the Ukraine” started up, my avoidance efforts received a whole new boost. So … this?

…now banishing Tchaikovsky from concert halls and attempting to remove Dostoyevsky from university syllabuses…

Seriously? The hound dog hacks of the corporate parasites really don’t care at all. Not about culture, nationalities, history, humanity etc. They eagerly whip up whatever bullshit is required to keep their blubbering diaper clad masters rolling in the money and the honey and screaming “Waah! We want more! More! Mummy!!” 

Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Apr 24, 2022 11:30 PM
Reply to  George Mc

A couple of weeks ago there was an article in a Melbourne tabloid about an upcoming Australian Ballet performance of Swan Lake that managed to completely avoid mentioning the composer.

GaryW
GaryW
Apr 24, 2022 2:48 PM

Excellent post. Thank you.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Apr 24, 2022 2:28 PM

“Two words.”
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Corporate Fascism.

S Cooper
S Cooper
Apr 24, 2022 2:31 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

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“Politically what exists today in many parts of the world is a large criminal gang of war racketeering corporate fascist psychopaths passing themselves off as ‘government’, preying upon (and victimizing) the rest of hapless humanity. If only there was honest government of the people,by the people, for the people, based on the principles of equality (political/economic/social)civil liberty, respect and peace.”

https://www.marxists.org/archive/debs/works/1918/court.htm

hotrod31
hotrod31
Apr 24, 2022 3:39 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

I always thought that Elon Musk was ‘okay’ that was until I heard him say it was okay for the US regime-change machinations to take over the government of some resource-rich country in South America, which had the raw materials he coveted for his trans-humanist ambitions.

Big al
Big al
Apr 24, 2022 3:58 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

How does one quietly purchase land? I mean, I get it, but that’s a purposeful play on words to make it sound like he’s doing it surreptitiously for nefarious reasons. Oh wait, I guess that is right.

Grace Johns
Grace Johns
Apr 24, 2022 11:07 PM
Reply to  S Cooper

One word. CU*T

Antonym
Antonym
Apr 25, 2022 6:05 AM
Reply to  S Cooper
QuickDraw
QuickDraw
Apr 24, 2022 2:16 PM

Nice enough article, but. . .
Even if this is an English publication, it has a worldwide audience. The author needs to realize that some of us actually speak English. “Cock a snook? Chivvy?” I am well educated and well read, I shouldn’t have to look up the meaning for such nonsense words–I stand with Professor Higgins on this. And if you use an acronym, please spell it out first. The devolution of writing since the advent of the internet is most concerning.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 24, 2022 3:18 PM
Reply to  QuickDraw

Do you complain about the menus at French restaurants as well? 😀 A2

Howard
Howard
Apr 24, 2022 3:50 PM
Reply to  QuickDraw

I would say it goes with the territory. For about 10 years I’ve been watching, re-watching and relishing “Red Dwarf” – and I still don’t understand some of the words used. But that’s a price I’m more than willing to pay. Besides, I kind of know what these words mean by how they’re used. Context is still the backbone of language.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Apr 24, 2022 4:50 PM
Reply to  Howard

indeed, and words can have quite different meanings just 30 mile down the road.

context is/are maybe non-square synapses ; )

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 24, 2022 5:04 PM
Reply to  Howard

When I first read Lovecraft I didn’t have a clue what many of his words meant (anthropomorphic, cyclopean, gibbous, eldritch etc.) and I didn’t look them up because I just loved the way they looked and sounded!

Orthus
Orthus
Apr 24, 2022 5:43 PM
Reply to  George Mc

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Krishna
Krishna
Apr 25, 2022 8:51 PM
Reply to  Howard

Many of the terms used in Redwarf were completely made up by the authors.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 24, 2022 5:32 PM
Reply to  QuickDraw

The current destruction of English is a fair point, but perhaps not OffG’s responsibility.
Why not contact the author?

Acronyms not in general usage certainly annoy me when they are not explained – especially if they are used over and over again in the same article – but I don’t mind doing a little homework if the article is otherwise interesting.

We are certainly in the middle of a great battle for significant culture, serious art and moral principle these days, and I see many parallels with the criminality, shallowness and foolishness of those who currently claim to represent us.
It’s hard to be optimistic in the face of such a widespread onslaught, but one does one’s best.
Hard though it may be to find, the discovery of something conscientiously and admirably achieved in a world full of people who are not at all doing their best can really cheer one up.

That said, I find myself looking at human evolution in terms of millennia, rather than decades. I suspect we still have a long way to go – global catastrophes permitting, that is…

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 25, 2022 9:00 AM
Reply to  wardropper

Americans do not speak English, neither did the flower pot men.

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Apr 24, 2022 11:03 PM
Reply to  QuickDraw

Hopefully, your suggestions will be received favourably and will help improve accessibility.

Many commenters below the line need also to be praised for their well written posts.

Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK)
Apr 24, 2022 11:45 PM
Reply to  QuickDraw

These aren’t nonsense words. They are standard British expressions/words, if slightly old-fashioned perhaps. However, if you are old enough to know who Professor Higgins was, then I am frankly amazed that you’ve never come across “cock a snook” and “chivvy”.

I slightly agree on acronyms, but where do you draw the line? Do you want people to spell out BBC? CIA? MI5?

Krishna
Krishna
Apr 25, 2022 8:54 PM

If the acronym is from an agency that refers to itself by the acronym then it can be overlooked most of the time.

camille
camille
Apr 27, 2022 11:07 PM

I agree. What on earth is wrong with ‘ cock a snook’ and ‘ chivvy’ ? ( Unless I am missing something they are completely normal phrases for ‘to mock/ make fun of and to ‘hurry someone/ nag someone’. Age aint’t got nuffink to do wiv it.Maybe QuickDraw isn’t a native English speaker?

les online
les online
Apr 25, 2022 4:30 AM
Reply to  QuickDraw

“I shouldnt have to look up the meaning….” !!! Why, are you fucking Royalty, or raised by and spoon-fed by The Nanny State ? Or proof that Schooling stunts intelligence and initiative ? As for “such nonsense words” ! What elitism ! Queen’s English only ! If the proles use argot, slang, commoner’s speech – the only fucking thing left that hasnt been Enclosed so it can be exploited byThem, i’m on their side…
And, is it laziness, or just an unimaginative mind – you want acronyms* spelled out ! No one told me what TPTB etc meant !!! It’s A Cruel World out here chappie, get used to it.
KUWTNN** is not an acronym…

*An acronym is a string of initials that can be pronounced as a word. Everything thing else is just a string of initials.
** Keep up with the new normal.

Hele
Hele
Apr 25, 2022 6:19 AM
Reply to  les online

Yay to Reactive behaviour (I am serious)

Krishna
Krishna
Apr 25, 2022 8:58 PM
Reply to  les online

Why? Because it’s poor journalism. A good article should not leave the reader bereft of the ability to understand what the article is about.

Viridis
Viridis
Apr 29, 2022 8:17 PM
Reply to  QuickDraw

You should have used a semi-colon after “I am educated and well read” and not a comma…. mwa ha ha.

Saint Max
Saint Max
Apr 24, 2022 1:38 PM

What if our “thought leaders” pointed out that the sanctions we are judgementally imposing on Russia will do their alleged target little harm while cruelly exposing our own inability to provide ourselves with either food or energy, and leaving more and more of us reduced to begging alms from an all-powerful State?

This appears like an attempt to extend a theatre of war for purposes other than defeating a supposed enemy; the Ukraine War seems like the Great Reset in camouflage gear rather than a white coat. Boris Johnson expects the conflict to last “until the end of 2023”, which will take us to 2024 when the WHO plans to exercise global control in response to the next pseudo-pandemic. And there is always “climate crisis” as the third prong in the Cabal’s devilish trident, prodding us all towards the flames of Hell on Earth.

Krishna
Krishna
Apr 25, 2022 9:04 PM
Reply to  Saint Max

The best laid plans go to waste.

Thinktwice
Thinktwice
Apr 24, 2022 1:20 PM

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