anti-China and anti-Russian Rhetoric is Meant for
Us, Not Them
As in the
dystopian novel 1984, Western propaganda that
seems aimed at Moscow and Beijing is really
intended for the citizens of the so-called Free
World, writes retired Australian diplomat Tony
“There is a slow-motion Third World War underway
between the US-centralized power alliance and
the nations like China which have resisted being
absorbed into it, and that war is being largely
facilitated by propaganda. If one doesn’t wish
to become a propagandist themselves, one ought
to withhold belief from the stories they are
told about the terrible, awful things the
unabsorbed nations are doing which require
extensive sanctions, subversion and
interventionism in response.“ (Caitlin Johnstone)
July 29, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
have come independently to the same view as the
writer Caitlin Johnstone. We are indeed now in the
throes of a Third World War against China and its
ally Russia. This war has been started by U.S. and
the UK, supported by minor Five Eyes allies Canada
and Australia. They have chosen their preferred
strategic fighting terrain to be information and
sanctions warfare, because they know that on
conventional military war-fighting terrain they
would be unable even to begin to prevail over Russia
So this is a war confined to hostile rhetoric, sanctions
and subversion. It is fought with
words by people like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
and his obedient American and British acolytes such as
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, British Foreign
Secretary Dominic Raab, Labour leader Keir Starmer and a
myriad of indoctrinated Western news editors.
It features continued recycling of old discredited
anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda myths like the
chemical weapons attacks,
alleged Uighur genocide, and
repression of human rights in Hong Kong.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence
Minister Linda Reynolds have obediently joined in the
anti-China push, and are now in Washington receiving
face-to-face briefings and instructions from their
imperial masters. And they seemed overjoyed to be on the
The Real Target
The target audience in this
Information War is not the Chinese or Russian people.
Our new warriors have long given up trying to influence
either nation with their obvious lies.
No, the target is us.
As George Orwell foretold
in 1984 : in Oceania’s never-ending,
un-winnable wars against Eurasia and Eastasia, the main
theatre is propaganda aimed at we citizens of Oceania.
We are the gullible recipients of false narratives.
Remember the inflammatory newsreels, the five minute
hate sessions as Orwell described them? We are there
now, in much of our mainstream media produced by
stenographers of the empire.
We are being subjected to
constant indoctrination at various levels of subtlety.
It is unclear now who are the perpetrators, who are the
enablers, and who are the gullible recipients: The white
noise of false narratives surrounds us and it becomes
harder and harder to disentangle as the volume
increases. Dissident voices are efficiently marginalised.
Russia and China are
patiently avoiding being goaded by this new kind of
world war started by the West into similar retaliatory
actions on their part. They know they enjoy superior
strategic deterrence, and are quietly sitting tight on
their deterrence assets.
Meanwhile, they are also
sticking calmly to the facts, and choosing the terrain
on which they wish to engage physically with Western
provocations. As China humiliated India with stones and
clubs in the Himalayas it will in its own time find
appropriate ways to humiliate U.S. and allied navies’
provocations in the South China Sea.
Iran humiliated America in
its telegraphed non-lethal missile attack on the U.S.
base in Iraq, after the U.S. had murdered Iranian
General Soleimani in Iraq. Russia safely neutralised
Ukraine’s foolish naval
Kerch Bridge in Crimea, thereby sealing President Petro
demise a few months
later. And so it will continue.
Australia is backing the
wrong horse. We should be standing back from this new
Third World War. We need to rediscover the art of
diplomacy. Present policies will not end well for the
U.S. and its military allies.
Tony Kevin is a former Australian senior diplomat who
was ambassador to Poland and Cambodia and was posted to
the embassy in Moscow. He is the author of six published
books on public policy and international relations. -
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