Solace, or escapism, from the daily drivel is being sought in long walks, a perusal of medieval history in the form of Bruno Preisendörfer’s, ‘Als unser Deutsch erfunden wurde’ and the occasional visit to the local fitness centre. Unfortunately, in our digital age, it is invariably difficult to avoid the deluge of misinformation, that seems intent on drowning our abilities to cognitively process and objectively view the real story behind the hype.
Do we really care that Rex Tillerson failed to thank Trump in his departure speech, even if the blatantly rogue nature of the United States under this particular President’s watch, which is sort of epitomized by his “promoting two officials condemned by human rights groups for endorsing or overseeing torture,” should be of some concern? Still, the good old US of A has been using hyperbole, hypocrisy, and hype, and, of course, bullying, torture, regime change, and mass murder for quite some time now and that has to be the point. The purveyors of propaganda in the West, have been lying murdering, hypocrites for a long, long, time and while we certainly shouldn’t believe that the Russians, the Chinese, or the Iranians, will offer some sort of alternative that is morally acceptable, we should at least be aware that the West has long since lost the moral high ground, even if it is doubtful that it ever really had it.
And so to the United Kingdom, where fake news, false flags, and unsubstantiated drivel, have been par for the course from time immemorial. Time to forget the Brexit for a day, or two, or maybe even three, because there has been a Russian chemical attack on Blighty. That’s right, a former double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter have been hospitalised after a nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Well, what else could mighty Blighty do but issue an ultimatum demanding that the Russians explain how a Soviet-era nerve toxin was used in the attack? And now that the ultimatum has been ignored, expel 23 diplomats. It might even seem plausible, if it were not for a couple of things.
Russia didn’t reject the ultimatum out of hand, but rather said that it would not comply with Theresa May’s demand until the Russian government had been given samples of the nerve agent. Now, if the British had done that and Craig Murray’s assertion that not only does Moscow not have a monopoly on the novichok group of nerve agents, but that there are also a number of other more likely suspects than a kremlin, which can hardly have a motive for such an attack, was to bear fruit, the shit really could hit the fan. Yes,methinks the quite ridiculous motley crew in Westminster would really be in an even bigger bit of a pickle than they are in at the moment.
So what do they do? Well, they reject Russia’s request and they turn on the hype, hyperbole, hypocrisy, and hysteria that normally accompanies Britannia’s contrived actions and one week after the attack the residents of Salisbury are being told to wash their clothes. Could they not have been told this six days ago? It really does beggar belief. Or does it? After all, what can we expect from clowns who are pointing the finger at Moscow, despite the fact that the police investigation is ongoing and still nobody is providing any evidence that it was Russia. Well, there might lie the reason for the Tories failing to return any of the money they have received from rich Russians and, no doubt, when they finally concoct some nonsense to support their accusations, the mainstream media and the British establishment will crucify anyone who makes this point.
Of course, that last point is moot and it would be better to concentrate on the facts and, even if it is not exactly clear what the fact are, a recent article in today’s ‘Guardian’, which is based on Craig Murray’s analysis is certainly worth a read. Indeed, having read that article, it might just be that the conclusion reached would be similiar to the one reached by Mr Murray who says, that while he is not ruling out that it could have been Russia, he fails to see the motive for such an action and he wants to see the evidence.
Academic caution is, perhaps, advised, but don’t expect any real proof and certainly not before this spat moves to the next level. Dangerous stuff and following on the heels of Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, coming firmly down in Britain’s side, Berlin, Paris, and Washington have now come out in support of their ally. Where this latest exercise in subterfuge, this exceedingly silly and dangerous sham, might lead, is difficult to determine at this stage. However, it would be more than welcome if the mainstream media were to generally follow the example of that one article in the Guardian and ask some basic questions. These questions might include, but not be limited to, who had the motive and the opportunity to perpetrate this attack?
By doing that an alternative hypothesis might emerge, but that certainly wouldn’t be in the interests of a pseudo journalistic clique whose sole raison d’être lies in supporting the hype, hyperbole, and hypocrisy, of their masters. Anyway time for some fresh air, followed by a cup of coffee, and a few pages of Bruno Preisendörfer’s, ‘Als unser Deutsch erfunden wurde’ and it really is difficult to take the nonsense coming out of little England seriously.