As we’ve said in these pages on previous occasions, both sides in the Ukraine war – and the Biden administration as well – are lying through their teeth about what caused the war, how it’s progressing, and what its outcomes are likely to be. The “fog of war” is deliberately caused, in this case, and it’s getting thicker by the day.
Mike Cernovich sums up the situation in two tweets:
What we know as of now about Russia / Ukraine:
You can say this doesn’t or shouldn’t matter now – and you might be right. That’s a value judgment.
If, however, you deny this as a factual matter, you are a liar and fraud and not allowed to be part of the discussion.
It’s hard to argue with any of his points. There are so many unanswered questions, and so many obvious lies, and so much evidence of wrongdoing on both sides of the war, that any honest observer is left shaking his head and wishing a plague on both their houses.
For those treating Zelensky as a hero president, remember that he and his cronies in the Ukraine government raked off enough “corruption money” to be named in the Pandora Papers last year. He’s anything but sinless.
For those eulogizing Putin as redressing the wrongs inflicted on Russia, remember his lethal treatment of opponents – hardly the actions of a patriotic hero – and his own and his compatriots’ fortunes, extorted from his nation.
They’re all so crooked as to defy description. Those telling us to trust and believe in one side or the other are completely ignoring this reality, and they expect us to do the same. If we do, we’re fools – but they’re not fools. They’re deliberately trying to mislead us, to tug at our heartstrings and get us to respond emotionally rather than rationally. They’re trying to manipulate us (again).
Most of the US politicians who are demanding action in Ukraine to defend that nation’s sovereignty are the same politicians who’ve been reaping millions, perhaps billions of dollars in corrupt money out of that nation over the years. As Sundance pointed out recently:
In the bigger picture I don’t think many Americans outside the DC beltway give a flip about internal Ukrainian squabbles and Russia’s support for the Eastern Ukrainian independence effort. However, inside the DC beltway Ukraine is very important, stunningly important, because Ukraine functions as the corrupt money laundry operation for DC politicians to receive taxpayer kickbacks from their financial support into Ukraine.
They’re not out to defend Ukraine so much as they are to defend their own “corrupt money laundry operation”. If they tell you otherwise, just follow the money, as so many informed commenters have done. Go read about the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers and the Pandora Papers, and the scandals that have engulfed Credit Suisse and other secretive banks. Our politicians have enough clout to ensure that most of their scandals are swept under the rug . . . but the clues are there, if you dig deep enough and look long and hard enough.
In short, the Ukraine war is their plaything. They’re using it to distract us from domestic issues, and to disguise their further attempts to downgrade our democracy into a sham, and make all of us into subjects rather than citizens. It’s up to us to refuse to swallow their propaganda, and open our eyes to the reality of the situation.