By Marcelo Ramirez, KontraInfo.com
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (Opinion) Putin’s actions have been decisive, but today we are witnessing a communications offensive that attempts to implant in the minds of Western societies a dual notion: Putin is a dictator, a bloodthirsty leader, but at the same time clumsy and improvisational, taking steps without calculating the consequences of his actions.
It is thus a contradictory but repetitive duality, which is why the improvisation of the Russian army in its advance on Ukraine is pointed out, highlighting logistical problems and the destruction of equipment, and even claiming that food rations for troops have been overdue for almost ten years.
The sources for these stories are, of course, videos uploaded to social media by Ukrainian sources, including material from the SBU, Ukraine’s intelligence service, or from the United States and the United Kingdom.
These materials are assumed to be true even if they are unidentified vehicles destroyed by explosions, with specialized YouTube channels even claiming that more than a thousand Russian vehicles were destroyed by Ukrainian forces, assuming these sources to be true.
A situation accompanied by apocalyptic descriptions of Russia’s economic prospects in the face of harsh and unexpected sanctions.
(Check out this video manipulation of Paris being attacked. That’s how easy it is to produce and distribute fake videos)
This is where the double standard becomes apparent: Putin is a madman who has not even assessed the damage the West is inflicting on his economy as a result of the sanctions, which, combined with the appalling military planning, calls into question Putin’s future prospects at the helm of the Russian government.
If you don’t like Putin because he is a bloody tyrant, it doesn’t matter, at least don’t support him because he is an incompetent man who is destroying Russia.
One of the faults he is now being blamed for is that the Russian leader is facing growing opposition at home because of demonstrations against him. Approval of Putin’s military actions in Ukraine is at 73%, and the protests are coming from a small group allied with the West that supports Washington’s cultural policies and is funded by Westerners.
It is the same thing that happened with Navalny, who was portrayed as a threat to Putin’s power even though his popularity never exceeded 2%.
Another example of manipulation of information is that taking advantage of the general ignorance in the West, it is reported that the independent media are censored, citing the case of Moscow’s Echo radio, which is presented in these countries as a free voice against Putin, concealing that it is only a media company owned by US capital.
Russia has limited the participation of Western globalist cultural propaganda, but it has not succeeded in silencing it. Contrary to what Western societies would have you believe, Putin is a very popular leader, but he is far from being the master of his country.
(Hundreds detained at anti-war protests in Moscow and St.Petersburg)
In a nation with historically strong leaders, Putin has had to contend with the so-called oligarchs, who would certainly welcome someone who would allow him to control political power through his millions and not interfere in “patriotic” matters.
These are the people the West is sanctioning today by seizing luxury yachts and hoping that these oligarchs will thereby try to overthrow Putin, but the internal balance of power does not allow them to advance as it does in our countries, which are used to economic coups.
Russia is a complex country with more than 150 nationalities and diverse interests, so it is necessary to know its history and political references to understand that Putin is only expressing what Russian society as a whole demands.
Only ignorance can lead one to believe that assassinating Putin, as U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham suggests, would change Russia’s attitude toward NATO.
Those who think so should pay attention to some details, such as the repeated pleas of Ranzam Kadyrov, the Chechen leader whose men are fighting the Kiev government, who publicly asked the president for a free hand to bring the situation under control within 48 hours.
(That’s super dangerous. No, it’s not because it is not real).
From this, we see what is really going on: Russia has not simply taken over Ukraine, because Putin’s intention is to destroy Kiev’s military apparatus and remove the neo-Nazis from power, not to annex Ukraine or destroy its pro-Western population.
Such a policy, similar to NATO’s, i.e., bombing for months until everything that moves is destroyed and then walking on ashes, could well be carried out, Russia has the means to do so, but resentment toward Ukrainians would increase, and Russia would have to bear the follow-up costs of reconstruction.
For the U.S., this is not a problem because its economy is much larger, but mainly because there is a business to destroy and an additional business to rebuild. U.S. corporations are taking on this task with inflated prices and dubious quality, leaving a hole in the pockets of the U.S. Treasury and in the struggling economies of devastated countries.
The press and social media communicators judge this as a sign of weakness and incompetence, such a strategy is unthinkable, and this has to do with the different models each side has in mind.
The psychological effect is such that in the end it is shown that the country, which within a few hours has lost its navy, its air force, almost all military bases, and most of its land forces, is surrounded by all major cities, including the capital, is winning.
They have also built the illusion that Russia will meet resistance from the Ukrainian people, as it did in Afghanistan, ignoring the fact that the characteristics of the Ukrainian people are in fact very different from those of Afghanistan. There are no significant religious differences, and they are all Slavs, although half of them are pro-Western and the other half pro-Russian for historical reasons.
For this reason, the Ukrainian population is split roughly down the middle in terms of sympathy for Russia, and there is every reason to believe that among these Western Slavs, a good portion must be unhappy with the destruction of their country by Zelensky’s defiance and his neo-Nazi political support.
A lie becomes the truth when it is repeated a thousand times – a principle of propaganda cherished in the West today.
(This short video shows in chronological order the expansion of NATO in Europe in breach of the agreement signed with the Sowjets at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall)
A simple question exposes the reality: if NATO is so powerful and the Russian military is so weak and ill-prepared, why is Russia resisting those who stand in its way, announcing that it will destroy Western arms convoys to Ukraine, while NATO merely backs away and avoids direct contact?
If Ukrainian cities have water, electricity, and Internet today, it is only because Russia allows it. This should make one think about the real reasons and seems to be incompatible with the heartless leader.
There is no lack of versions suggesting that Russia is planning attacks on nuclear power plants on its own borders and those of Belarus – what is the logic behind creating a radioactive leak near it?
But not only that, we also see Russia being accused of preparing a chemical weapons attack on the Ukrainians, while at the same time keeping the water and electricity running, doesn’t anyone notice the absurdity?
We should not be too surprised to see the allegations that Russia has been making for years, allegations that are confirmed by the 26 biological laboratories in Ukraine, in addition to the half-dozen found in Kazakhstan and the more than a hundred in other countries bordering Russia.
The U.S. ignores the allegations and, in light of the evidence presented by Moscow, says it is concerned that Russia may have access to these deadly pathogens.
In the West, it seems to worry no one that the U.S. and NATO have more than a hundred biological warfare laboratories and that programs are being developed to capture Russian and Chinese genetic material to produce ethnic weapons that are lethal only to certain targeted groups.
No, for the West, it is normal for such research to be conducted on the Russian (and Chinese) border, and the danger is that Russia will come into possession of this information.
The level of approach is really childish, but we must note with some sadness that a large part of Western society is so alienated by propaganda that it is unable to understand something as basic as we describe here.
One last point to mention in this context is the economic and financial issue, which is once again presented in the West as overpowering sanctions (the Swift shutdown was announced as an economic nuclear bomb). Shortly after the first blow, there are data that should make the West question whether this is the right way to defeat Russia.
First, energy, metal, and food prices have skyrocketed, putting inflationary pressure on economies. But this is only the beginning, as the Swift shutdown was only partial because, as Josep Borrell acknowledged, the EU cannot do without Russian gas and a replacement, if any, will not be possible for several years and at exorbitant cost.
To get an idea of what we are talking about: Gas that cost around US$300 per 1,000 m3 a year ago is now worth US$3,900, which will not only affect the pockets of European consumers who need heating, but also the industry, which is intrinsically expensive and will lose its competitiveness in the world.
Europe is about to commit suicide at the hands of its own leaders, who have formed a crusade that leads them to ban everything Russian, with absurdities like a symphony orchestra that refused to play Tchaikovsky because he was Russian.
The annulment policy, which we saw a few months ago in progressive absurdity, now has a geopolitical benefit.
China is the big winner, getting additional gas for its economy and benefiting from the Swift absurdity, as the U.S. and its partners are merely demonstrating that the dollar is not a safe haven, that reserves can be seized at will, and that so-called legal certainty is just a bluff.
All is set for the yuan, now with a crypto version backed by gold and backed by CIPS, the Chinese equivalent of Swift, to supplant it in at least two-thirds of the non-Western world.
Hopefully, this is the worst for the West, because if it moves toward a global bifurcation into two sectors in a repeat of the Cold War, it will find the worst part, a speculative economy, while the rival camp has the productive sector with design and technology as the aggregate.
(No, he is a she)
The West has misjudged reality, Russia has not been intimidated by the sanctions, which are by no means as surprising or devastating as the press would have us believe, but has used them to its advantage
- buying up the companies leaving its country at bargain prices and
- nationalizing the economy,
- undermining the real power of the United States, which was the dollar as a reserve and trade currency, and
- showing the West that its companies depend on Russian raw materials. How long will it take to replace them, and at what cost? And this is just one example.
In reality, Western sanctions are just a catalyst for the emergence of alternative power to the Anglo-Saxons and their smaller partners, which comes with the loss of markets like the 140 million Russians and their allies, which may be joined by China if they continue to pressure.
The EU will be left out in the cold, its capabilities reduced and its internal contradictions exposed, leading it to possible collapse. The U.S. loses a partner and locks itself in, but not from a position of strength, as Trump wanted, but from a position of weakness.
In terms of major global players, the closest to the U.S. are the countries mentioned by Russia, the EU, and 14 other countries.
India, the ASEAN 15, China, the Africans, the Ibero-Americans and the Central Asians, and others have chosen not to bow to the U.S. and its sanctions.