If you grew up in the U.S.A. during the cold war, as I did, you were taught to hate and fear the Russians. The politicians and military-industrial complex kept the fear of thermonuclear war ever-present in the public’s mind. This was done through the mainstream media , Hollywood, and the Republican and Democratic parties who competed with each other to see who could talk the toughest toward the ‘Ruskies.’ This cleverly orchestrated campaign of fear reached its zenith (or nadir, depending on your viewpoint) in the 1980s with the election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency. Reagan promised to quit playing ‘soft’ with the Russians, to expand the military, and to ratchet up the arms race. Hollywood did its part with the production of movies such as ‘Top Gun’ which was nothing more than a pentagon propaganda film with lots of special effects and Tom Cruise.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union a couple of years later, the Russians lost most of their credibility as bad guys . Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies of Glasnost and Perestroika signalled a possible end to the cold war itself. The 1990s and the early 2000s was a terrible time for Russia. The oligarchs seized control of big chunks of formerly state owned enterprises and Western business interests flew in like vultures to carve up the remnants of the old empire. Russia’s death rate at this time skyrocketed as the economy was in turmoil and many men became jobless. The combination of joblessness, poverty, cheap vodka and cold winters saw hundreds of thousands of young and middle-aged men dying early deaths. Furthermore, an extremely low birth rate occurring simultaneously meant Russia’s overall population was declining, rapidly.
Given all these factors- Gorbachev’s policies, the end of the cold war, the break-up of the Soviet Union, Russia’s impoverishment and demographic crisis and the aging of its military hardware- it was time for the U.S. to conjure a new bogeyman. Hence, 9-11, and the birth of ‘terrorism.’ The image of the turban-wearing, radical Muslim terrorist has worked pretty well for over ten years, but now that image doesn’t invoke the same outrageous hysteria and fear that it did five or ten years ago. Many Americans have started to catch on that the whole Muslim terrorist things was just a war for Israel from the beginning.
So, what have the neo-cons, the military-industrial-security complex, the New York Times, CNN, and the Power Party (aka Republicans and Democrats) done to reinvigorate fear into the hearts of Americans? Amazingly, they have brought the Russian bogeyman back from the dead. Once again, just like in the 1950s and the 1980s, Russiaphobia is sweeping across America and parts of Europe. The media is blasting its propaganda at full volume, 24/7 across all media outlets, that Vladimir Putin is, you guessed it, the ‘new Hitler.’ Not surprisingly, the easily duped American public is buying what the media is selling.
How could this happen? Only a decade ago, many were consigning Russia to the dust-bin of history. It was finished. Or, maybe it wasn’t. It’s somewhat misleading to give credit to a country’s turnaround, especially a country as large and diverse as Russia, to one man. However, it’s not a stretch to say that Vladimir Putin has not only saved Russia from the oligarchs and Western capitalists, but has also risen to the stature of world statesman. The Western imperial establishment went to sleep thinking that Russia was done and they could focus on carving up the Middle East and suddenly this guy Putin happened. What the hell?
Whether you love or hate Putin, you have to give credit to what he has accomplished in a short time. The demographic crisis has passed and births are once again exceeding deaths. He has upgraded the military and put the important industries back in the hands of the Russians. He has forged important alliances with countries in the Middle East, Asia , and South America. And most importantly, he has served as the strongest voice against the unipolar, zionist new world order being promoted from Washington D.C., London, and Tel Aviv.
As columnist Paul Craig Roberts points out in a recent essay, Western zionist neo-cons want Russia as a vassal state. They are determined to crush Putin and once again weaken the Russian state so that it poses no threat to their plans for global hegemony. Accordingly, the United States and NATO have attempted to encircle Russia with military bases and missile sites. The latest ploy in Ukraine is just one more move in the grand chess game. Already, Western mercenary forces are deeply embedded in Ukraine and working alongside the Kiev forces. The shoot-down of the Malaysian jet is a propaganda ploy, nothing more. The hit pieces on Putin, which now come on a daily basis via CNN, the BBC, the NYT, Washington Post, Business Insider, the Economist, and all the rest, are part of an overall strategy to isolate Russia and Putin. An American/Israeli/NATO nuclear first strike on Russia is not out of the question. The public is being systematically prepped for world war. Oh, and how about Obama? What’s his role in all of this? He’s making burger commercials and playing golf. It seems nuclear holocaust doesn’t concern him.