[Marxism] Fwd: Putin And Assad Are Using A Lot Of The Same Propaganda Methods To Conceal Their Crimes
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 10 07:00:50 MDT 2014
It pays to remember that Syria’s intelligence, and most of its political
elite, were trained in the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia — and
not just in how to torture and kill people.
The IQ, consistency and logical cohesion of state-relayed propaganda in
Damascus owes a great deal to prior tutelage in Moscow, as the latest
developments in the Ukraine crisis have nicely demonstrated.
We have heard innumerable explanations from official Russian sources for
how 298 people were blown out of European skies on July 17. None of them
are so simple as the truth: Russian-backed separatists, using
Russian-provided anti-aircraft batteries, shot Malaysia Airlines Flight
MH17 down, believing it to be a Ukrainian military cargo plane.
The most imaginative of the counter-narratives came from RT, the
Kremlin-owned propoganda channel, which is now under investigation by
Britain’s media regulatory body Ofcom for failing to abide by basic
journalistic standards. RT alleged that Kiev was in fact responsible for
accidentally blowing up MH17 – while trying to hit Putin’s presidential
Putin’s jet is a well-guarded conveyance which, RT belatedly had to
admit, was not passing through the airspace of the “People’s Republic of
Donetsk” on July 17, much less within collateral striking distance of
MH17’s own flight path.
In fact, it hadn’t flown through any Ukrainian airspace “for a while.”
But no matter. What would stop the “fascist junta” in Kiev, abetted by
NATO and the CIA, from assassinating the heroic defender of the
Motherland, wherever he is or is not?
RT’s spitballing was followed by the Kremlin’s more elaborate non-thesis.
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