The uprising in Catalan may have a nexus with Russia. Or, it may not. Shouldn’t somebody be trying to figure it out? The Spanish Government maybe? Or the CIA?
Looking back on the way the Russian Government usurped the government of Ukraine, followed by its criminal taking of Crimea through the use of military force, one must conclude that Putin’s Russia has a well-laid plan on interfering in other countries businesses, territories and general well-being. Well, of course they do. They’ve been in the expansion through espionage business big-time since Nikita Khrushchev threatened to bury us while banging his size ten Soviet-made wingtip on the Russian ambassador’s desk at the UN.
The introduction of our current information age and the technological highway of the Internet make it all the easier for Putin and his “bot farms” to interfere, be it turning Brits to favor the “Brexit” through disinformation or American voters to favor Donald Trump because of a whole lot of fabricated nonsense many of them were led to believe was true.
When fake news is real, and real news is fake, who ya gonna believe? Very clever, these Russians.
There’s an interesting piece in today’s Guardian, entitled, “Our pain for their gain’: The American activists manipulated by Russian trolls.” The piece points out that what Russia has been up to goes far beyond simply placing phony ads on Facebook or creating fake news. According to the newspaper, “This week, a Moscow-based news outlet called RBC uncovered the work of a troll factory that infiltrated US social networks, with Russians posing as Americans and making payments to legitimate activists in the US, directly funding protest movements. The revelations suggest that the Russian operation went beyond spamming online comment sections and spreading false news – and that a sophisticated interference campaign manipulated, controlled and created real-world events.”
So we’re up to that. Putin and his people are now using disinformation, misinformation and cash funding to create “real-world events.” And the victims don’t even know they are being victimized. Possibly like what happened to the Brits with their Brexit and maybe even the uprising in Catalonia? Oh sure, the Catalans have had a beef with Spain for decades, but why such a big blowout right now, with Brexit, Korea, Venezuela, Iraq and Iran all in the international mix? Might not Russia be a least partially responsible?
The United States would normally be taking the lead in trying to ferret out precisely what the Russians are up to. To what degree they influenced our last election and are now attempting to throw the world’s democracies into chaos, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Not to the degree to which it should.
Alarm bells should be going off all over Capitol Hill, and in the White House. And they would be, were it not for our Putin-loving president who looks more and more Manchurian as the days and months roll agonizingly by and much of America remains in denial about it all, either because they have been mesmerized by Donald Trump and an endless stream of Russian propaganda or they simply can’t begin to grasp what’s happening because it is just too complicated.
Somewhere within the bowels of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin is undoubtedly smiling that snarky little smile of his, as he contemplates the international chaos he has created.
Shouldn’t somebody be trying to figure it out? How much of the current chaos is Russian based? To what degree are we all being played for suckers by Vladimir Putin? How far will Trump go to cover this charade? Will he take the nation to war? Who will stop him?
Robert Muller and his investigation could be the only thing standing between the United States and a Russian threat some don’t want to believe is real. We can only hope there are those who can still feel the fire of patriotism. Those with the strength of what America truly is, to force the Muller investigation forward to a legitimate conclusion. If not, our great American experiment could be finished. A thought too terrible for many to even consider, making it all the more important for all of us to get our heads up out of the sand and demand the truth.