I’m fascinated by the mainstream media’s overwhelming focus on Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine while, at the same time, remaining steadfastly silent about the horrific and disgraceful mistreatment and imminent extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. After all, one of the big reasons that U.S. officials have targeted Assange is his disclosure of war crimes by the U.S. military in Iraq. Wouldn’t you think that given the mainstream media’s concern about Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, the media would be just as concerned about U.S. war crimes in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan? Wouldn’t you think that they would be coming to Assange’s defense rather than remaining silent or even supportive of how U.S. and British officials have brutalized — and continue to brutalize — him?
In fact, there is nothing that Russia has done in Ukraine so far that the Pentagon and the CIA did not do in their invasions and long-term occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Virtually every accusation that is being leveled at Russia with respect to its invasion of Ukraine would just as easily apply to the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Oh, sure, there are differences between the U.S. invasions and the Russia invasion. No doubt about that.
For example, the Pentagon and the CIA established a torture and sex-abuse camp at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, where at least one Iraqi military official who had been taken prisoner was executed without even the semblance of a trial.
So far, there is no evidence that Russia has established that sort of camp in Ukraine, but if it does, I don’t think anyone would be surprised. Of course, if it ends up doing so, there is no doubt that the U.S. mainstream press will be expressing shock and horror and calling for war-crimes trials of high officials, something it did not do when the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s Abu Ghraib was uncovered.
The Pentagon repeatedly bombed wedding parties in Afghanistan, killing brides, grooms, flower girls, parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and friends. So far, I haven’t read that Russia has done that yet in Ukraine, but I don’t think anyone would be surprised if it does.
The Pentagon and the CIA also established a torture-and-prison center at Guantanamo Bay, where they keep accused terrorists for life without trial. If a trial is ever given, it will done with a kangaroo military tribunal and a pre-ordained guilty verdict. Of course, Russia has the same type of system within Russia itself.
But aren’t those really distinctions without a difference? The point is that both regimes — the U.S. national-security state regime and the Russian national-security state regime — claim the authority to attack, invade, and occupy foreign countries for the sake of regime change.
Thus, doesn’t the Russia invasion of Ukraine say just as much about the U.S. governmental system as it does about the Russian governmental system? Nonetheless, the mainstream press limits its criticism to the Russian system while, at the same time, expressing support for the Pentagon/CIA system. I find that fascinating.
Another thing I find fascinating is that throughout the invasions and long-term occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, there was never any sympathy toward the victims. All of the sympathy was for the invading troops. Remember the two most popular mantras that were being promoted by the Pentagon and the CIA: “Support the troops!” and “Thank you for your service!”
No one is “supporting the Russian troops” or “thanking them for their service” in Ukraine — well, except for the Russian press as well as “loyal” and “patriotic” Russian citizens, which is just like what happened here in the United States when the Pentagon and the CIA invaded and occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. How can anyone not find that fascinating?
Speaking of “loyal” and “patriotic” citizens, let’s not forget about those people here in the United States who came to the support of the Pentagon and the CIA in their invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Coming to mind is noted chickenhawk Max Boot, a columnist for the Washington Post who, not surprisingly, is courageously calling for U.S. officials to do more to help the Ukrainian people, even while himself refusing to go to Ukraine to fight, as some of his fellow Americans are doing. During the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Boot’s position was the exact opposite. During those invasions, he was courageously supporting the Pentagon and the CIA, not by joining the U.S. military, of course, but rather by penning supportive op-eds from the comfort and safety of his home or office.
Today, the U.S. mainstream press is celebrating Russian citizens who are daring to challenge Vladimir Putin’s order to invade Ukraine. But they certainly didn’t celebrate the Dixie Chicks when they dared to challenge President George W. Bush’s order to invade Iraq. On the contrary, the U.S. mainstream press and their statist supporters looked on the Dixie Chicks the same way that Putin looks on protestors in his country.
What President Biden, the Pentagon, the CIA, and their statist supporters fail to realize is that every time they point an accusatory finger at Russia, there are three other hypocritical fingers pointing back at them. If only more Americans were to figure that out, we’d be able to get our nation back on the right track — toward liberty, peace, prosperity, and harmony with the people of the world.
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