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UKRAINE: The Propaganda War

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Last week Thomas Friedman writing in the New York Times called Putin a "thug" and "Hitler" (HERE ). This week Timothy Garton Ash writing in the Guardian comment section says Putin is Slobodan Milosevic (HERE ).

Both Friedman and Ash say that Putin is threatening Europe and he must be stopped. Both say the only way to stop Putin is to tighten the screws of economic sanctions on Russia, send more lethal military equipment to Ukraine and put NATO boots on the ground. They both call on Obama to do so.

Putin is neither Hitler nor Milosevic. Whenever people write such hyperbole they should immediately be suspected of being propagandists, especially when they heap praise on John "Bomb-Bomb" McCain as Ash does.

Neither Friedman nor Ash can point to any evidence that Putin has been the aggressor in Ukraine, committed genocide as did Hitler and Milosevic, or tried to cause ethnic cleansing. Kiev backed by Obama has been committing genocide and ethnic cleansing in South-East Ukraine.

Russian tanks are not on the move and threatening Europe. Friedman and Ash are making it up. The Baltic States and Poland are safe no matter how much Obama and the main stream media wring their hands and say they are frightened of Russian aggression in Europe. It is almost laughable if they were not so deadly serious and determined about their ulterior motives for making these stories up.

Only those with exaggerated imaginations or people who want to make things up say that Russia has shown evil intentions on its neighbors. People like Friedman and Ashton keep sticking their finger in Putin's eye hoping that he will lash out irrationally. So far they have been very disappointed.

Throughout the crisis that Washington manufactured in Ukraine, Russia has reacted in a measured and moderate response. When Russia's national security was threatened with the loss of its naval base in Crimea, Russia waited for a democratic referendum to approve annexation. When Novorossiya voted to break away from Ukraine, Russia called for diplomacy and greater autonomy for Novorossiya rather than annexation.

When the government in Kiev surrounded, isolated and attacked the civilian population of Donbas, Russia sent in humanitarian aid. And Russia continues to send in humanitarian aid although it is ignored by the main stream media.

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Obama and Kiev were furious that Russia would send food, medicine and water to those made homeless and starving by a war dreamed up by Obama and carried out by those in Kiev against their own people. We should ask who it is that is really acting like Hitler and Milošević? Is it Obama or Putin?

We have the leaked RAND Corporation report for the planned genocide and ethnic cleansing of Novorossiya (HERE ). The authenticity of the leaked report is yet to be verified, yet it is the script that Obama and Kiev are following. The RAND Corporation report calls for labeling everybody in Novorossiya terrorists and then inflicting total war on them all: Men, women, children and babies. Kiev is the genocidaires and ethnic cleansers.

Contrary to editorial writers, it is NATO, Europe and the US that has been making hostile moves towards Russia. It is NATO and the US that for years has surrounded Russia with military bases, nukes and missiles.

It is the US and NATO that has been conducting military war games on Russia's border. It is the US and NATO that has been sending war ships into the Black Sea. It is the US and Europe that has imposed economic warfare against Russia.

It is Obama that has boasted of causing Russia's economic misery. Need we remind Obama that sanctions kill? In Iraq US sanctions killed one-half million babies.

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It is the Western main stream media that has been fueling the propaganda war. They are the ones making it personal. It is they that have been name-calling and beating the war drums.

We know how Washington creates "Color Revolutions" to destabilize countries and overthrow governments. The US can pretend it worships democracy yet we know that it usually prefers right wing and military dictatorships.

What Washington will not tolerate is a foreign government that acts in the best interests of its own people instead of favoring US and Global Corporations. Any country that uses its natural resources for the benefit of its own people will be attacked with a "Color Revolution". These attacks are almost always over natural resources. This is the fate now of Ukraine at the hands of Obama.

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David William Pear is an progressive columnist writing on economic, political and social issues. He is a regular columnist for The Real News Network, Op Ed News, and an editor for OEN. His articles have also appeared in Truth Out, Consortium (more...)

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