Putin Is Demonized While Democracy Fails In Amerika
By Paul Craig Roberts
31, 2012 "Information
Clearing House" -
“rights group” to jump on Russia’s President Putin about
Pussy Riot is RootsAction. Following the propaganda line
that Washington has established, RootsAction’s appeal for
money and petition signers states that the three Russian
women were sentenced to two years in prison “for the ‘crime’
of performing a song against Russia’s president Vladimir
Putin in a Moscow church.”
This statement is a propagandistic misrepresentation of the
offense for which the women were tried and convicted.
I have expressed my sympathies for the convicted women, and
as a member of Amnesty International and the American Civil
Liberties Union, I support human rights.
But I do not support the use of human rights organizations
in behalf of Washington’s propaganda.
If Putin or some other official has the power to commute the
sentences, I hope he uses it. But I do not think that the
concerted Western propaganda campaign against Putin
encourages that result. Twice as many Russians support the
sentence than oppose it.
If the sentence is commuted in response to the Western
propaganda campaign against Putin, Russian nationalists will
depict Putin as a weak leader unable to stand up to Western
intimidation. The more internal dissension there is in
Russia, the easier for Washington to marginalize the country
and kick it out of Washington’s path to the overthrow of
Syria and Iran by brutal human-rights-violating violence,
such as Washington has applied to Iraq, Afghanistan, and
The State Department, the EU, and human rights groups are
sufficiently politically astute to be aware of this fact.
Yet, the propaganda continues.
As Putin has said, “we know what Comrade Wolf is up to.” But
what about the human rights organizations? What are they up
to? Have they been incorporated into Washington’s propaganda
machine, like the Western media, or are they latching on to
Pussy Riot as a visibility and fundraising issue for
Do-good organizations hurt for money, because compassion for
others is not in abundant supply. Pussy Riot is a
fundraising opportunity. If the Russian government succumbs
to the propaganda, it provides an opportunity for human
rights organizations to tout their influence. In other
words, human rights organizations have independent reasons
to align with Washington’s propaganda. Their alignment does
not necessarily mean that they are conscious tools of
You can bet your last dollar that Washington, which
dismisses as “collateral damage” the hundreds of thousands
of women, children, and village elders murdered in
Washington’s wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia,
Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria, is not concerned with the three
Pussy Riot women’s 2-year prison sentence.
Washington has kept the American hero, Bradley Manning in
prison for two years without a trial. Washington claims the
power, strictly prohibited by the US Constitution, that
“scrap of paper,” to hold US citizens indefinitely in prison
without due process of law and to murder them on suspicion
alone without due process of law. Does any sentient person
really believe that such a government gives a hoot about a
two-year prison sentence for three Russian women?
The Western media is silent about the collapse of the United
States into tyranny. But, on cue from Washington, the
Western media is loud about the dire plight of Pussy Riot.
For example, this from the UK’s The Week with First Post:
“Beyond Pussy Riot: slow death of freedom in Putin’s
Russia.” Louisa Loveluck introduces her report: “The Russian
government’s distaste for freedom of expression has been in
the headlines recently thanks to the trial and subsequent
imprisonment of three members of punk collective Pussy Riot.
But the persecution of these women forms only a small part
of a much broader crackdown on civil liberties in President
Vladimir Putin’s Russia.”
Has Putin, like the Amerikan presidents Bush and Obama,
declared that he has the power to throw Russian citizens in
a dungeon for life without ever presenting evidence in a
court? No, he has not.
Has Putin, like the Amerikan president Obama, declared that
he has the power to assassinate Russian citizens without due
process of law? No, he has not.
Has Putin, like the Amerikan president Obama, declared that
he has the legal authority to invade any country of which he
disapproves and to overthrow its government? No, he has not.
So why is the UK’s Louisa Loveluck going on about a two-year
prison sentence in Russia when the UK government, in
defiance of international law and in obedience to its
Amerikan master, refuses safe passage to Ecuador for Julian
Assange, who has been granted political asylum? Even
“authoritarian” China grants safe passage to those granted
The hypocrisy of the West, including the rank hypocrisy of
human rights organizations, is nauseating. It makes one
Julian Assange faces life imprisonment in the Ecuadoran
Embassy in London because the puppet UK government is
helping Washington make an example of what happens to
journalists who dare to publish the truth about Washington’s
mendacity and war crimes.
Is Washington paying Louisa Loveluck’s salary or is she,
along with the First Post, simply terrified of Washington’s
power? Or are Ms. Loveluck and the First Post simply going
with the flow and avoiding criticism by not differing from
the propaganda line?
No one will investigate, so we will never know.
Meanwhile in “freedom and democracy” america, at their
Tampa, Florida, nominating convention, the Republican Party
showed its true colors. It is a Brownshirt Party.
The tyrannical Republican machine refused to allow Ron
Paul’s name to be mentioned or his delegate count to be
Reports from the Republican nomination convention read like
reports of Stalin’s takeover of the Communist Party or the
Nazi takeover of the German state. Rules adopted at the
convention eliminate any grass roots input. The Republican
politburo is supreme. The party is subservient, and the
members’ voices are eliminated. Mimicking Lenin, the
Republicans declared that Republican rule “means neither
more nor less than unlimited power, resting directly on
force, not limited by anything, not restricted by any laws,
nor any absolute rules. Nothing else but that.”
As Mother Jones reported, Ron Paul supporters shouted from
the convention floor, “Fuck
The Republicans are the party of “freedom and democracy.”
The Republicans are the party most controlled by the
neoconservatives, who are strongly allied with Israel’s far
right-wing government and are most hostile to the US
Constitution. The Republicans are the party that gave us the
PATRIOT Act, the first massive assault on the US
Constitution. The Republicans are the party that gave us
9/11. The Republicans are the party that gave us the $3
trillion war against Iraq based on the Republican party’s
lies about “weapons of mass destruction.” The Republicans
are the party that gave us the $3 trillion war in
Afghanistan based on lies about Osama bin Laden and the
Taliban. The Republicans are the party that gave us the
supremacy of the President over both the US Constitution and
US statutory law; the executive branch is bound by neither
according to the Republican Federalist Society members of
the US Department of Justice (sic).
Obama is a despicable patsy, a front man for powerful
private interests, and Democrats should be totally ashamed
to have elevated such a cowardly lowlife. But as awful as
Obama is, a vote for Republicans is a vote for Hitler or
Stalin. Indeed, the election of Romney and Ryan would be
worse than either.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street
Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard
News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet columns have attracted
a worldwide following.
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