The latest statements by John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges on the war in Ukraine offer much-needed clarity to a sometimes complex and always controversial topic. Here they are:
“I have spent my career working in the mainstream, and I have covered probably seven, eight, nine shooting wars; I have never seen coverage so utterly consumed by a tsunami of jingoism and manipulative jingoism as this one.”John Pilger
This quote is from a recent South China Morning Post interview with the great Australian journalist. It says so much about the information ecology in which we currently struggle to grasp things.
From the initial days of the invasion, it was evident that the western world was bombarded with unprecedented levels of propaganda. During the first whole month of the conflict, American television stations covered the conflict in Ukraine more than any previous war in which the United States has been directly involved, including Iraq and Vietnam. Actual architects of the Iraq war were among the first analysts sought by the mainstream media, and appeals for absurd escalations against Russia pushed the Overton window of acceptable discourse in the direction of extremist warmongering and away from support for diplomatic solutions.
America’s most deadly conflict in generations was preceded by years of media-generated terror over the same nation, despite the fact that the Ukraine invasion had nothing to do with the conspiracy theory that the Kremlin had infiltrated the top levels of the US administration. And all of this was readily piped into popular consciousness because the path had been oiled by years of Russian hysteria caused by the massive psychological operation known as Russiagate. That is one hell of a coincidence, buddy.
“It’s quite interesting that in American discourse, it is almost obligatory to refer to the invasion as the ‘unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.’ Look it up on Google; you will find hundreds of thousands of hits. Of course, it was provoked. Otherwise, they wouldn’t refer to it all the time as an unprovoked invasion.”Noam Chomsky
This comment, from a recent interview with RamzyBaroud, is self-evidently correct and should be repeated more frequently.
People do not keep adding the same superfluous adjectives and modifiers to something unless they try to alter how it is viewed. You would be suspicious if your neighbor always referred to his wife as “my wife who I never beat,” since that is not how regular people talk about ordinary things. We do not say “round Earth” or “the Holocaust that happened,” we speak the words since their fundamental nature is not substantially in question. We have nothing to gain by altering or obscuring people’s comprehension of them.
The political/media class’s need to repeatedly repeat the phrase “unprovoked invasion” is a confession that they know they are not telling the entire truth.
Chomsky discusses many of the provocations the US/NATO power structure engaged in before the invasion, which many western analysts foretold would occur due to the empire’s previous provocative activities. They might have easily stopped the attack by negotiation and low-cost, high-reward concessions, including upholding the Minsk agreements and assuring Ukraine’s neutrality, but instead, they chose provocation and escalation.Add to this the massively increasing bombardment of the Donbas by Kyiv previous to the invasion. You can see why imperial spin masters are pushing so hard to promote the “unprovoked” narrative.
None of this suggests that Russia is without culpability in this conflict; if I encourage one into striking the other, they are still morally accountable for throwing the punch, but I am also responsible for provoking it. Russia has responsibility for its actions, as does the US/NATO/Ukraine power system. Putin is to blame for the invasion, but the western empire is to blame for inciting it. It is not difficult.
“At no time, including the Cuban missile crisis, have we stood closer to the precipice of nuclear war.”Chris Hedges
Hedges describes the hazardous games the United States isplaying with a nuclear superpower in its increasing proxy war against Moscow.
Pilger and Chomsky’s observations about how much effort is being put into manipulating the public’s perception of this war make sense when you consider that the agendas the empire is attempting to implement against Russia now and China in the future threaten not only to plunge the world into starvation but also to wipe us off.
This does not have to be the case. It is feasible for all nations and peoples to just get along and work together for the greater benefit. There is no reason why the world’s most powerful government should jeopardise the lives of everyone on the globe to win global dominance. All that is required is for these complete hegemonic ambitions to be abandoned.
Unfortunately, the administrators of the empire do not appear to have any immediate intentions to relinquish their aim of worldwide conquest, so we, the common people of this globe, may have to press the matter with them to ensure our own existence.
This is a terrible time to be living, yet they have managed to make things fascinating.