Weapons of Thought Destruction
A "twisted mind set" produced by an "irrational" hatred for the United States has made the Communist State of Cuba a valuable ally to international terrorism. Cuba's aid to terrorist networks range from sophisticated espionage operations to important bio-technology research which could easily be used in a germ warfare attack against the U.S.
A sophisticated and almost completely unreported propaganda campaign, directed primarily against the U.S., is obscuring Moscow's role in advancing the cause of terrorism and supporting the rise of various neo-Communist States. The tools which the Moscow elite uses are as current as the Internet and YouTube, and their goal is as old as Lenin and the Bolsheviks.
It's not hard to find the 'good news' about US-Russia relations
As a result of Moscow's efforts there is uncritical acceptance that Moscow is an ally of the U.S., on the verge of meaningful democratic changes, and a valuable partner in international efforts on terror - especially regarding Iran. These beliefs are false.
Experts with blind eyes
Moscow remains committed to deliver its sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to statements by Iranian military officials. This is a move which would make a conventional airstrike on Iranian nuclear facilities very costly, if not impossible.
Most "experts" continue to approach Moscow as a work in progress, a regime needing only the right words to produce a responsible, peaceful actor on the world stage.
Yet, blind eyes are being turned toward a series of threatening developments to which the "experts" pay little attention and discuss even less. These threats include the Moscow-Beijing military/political alliance; Moscow's aid to Iran, Syria and North Korea; and the support for the Venezuelan Marxist dictator, Hugo Chavez.
The blindness toward the Moscow ruling elite is no accident, but is carefully orchestrated and cultivated within the Kremlin itself.
The tactics used
As in the Soviet era, the Moscow elite are employing a multi-layered approach to internal and external political manipulation. Coordinating these efforts is the Main Department of Domestic Politics, a sub-unit of Russia's presidential administration, which oversees a vast and intricate web of local governments, political parties and think tanks. From the Main Department, Russia's elite can both form opinion and then poll it, i.e., analyze what they have created.
These analyses of concocted public opinion, based upon manufactured information in a controlled news environment, are then fed to Western "experts" - and especially American - who then form their own assessments based upon Moscow's predetermined strategies.
Russia strongly supports U.S. enemies, such as Ahmadinejad, Castro and Chavez
These "experts" publish in learned periodicals, which are then cited by a host of journalists and pundits in front page articles and editorials across the nation.
In this way, alternative views are quickly dismissed as extreme or uninformed. Just as Lenin in the early 20th century embraced the emerging film industry, today's Kremlin elite attempt to use the Internet (liberty.ru, and others) and YouTube to spread their propaganda.
Certain journalists have been offered money to reprint articles, and English-language websites occasionally appear which spread the targeted message of the Russian elite.
Those deemed as "experts," or who are recognized as opinion makers, receive special attention.
The Valdai Discussion Club, founded in 2004 by Vladimir Putin, hosts annual meetings with such Russian experts around the world, especially from the United States and Europe.
Former ambassadors, editors and journalists from influential news organizations, along with top personnel from influential think tanks, speak directly with top Russian government and business leaders and gain unique insights from these exclusive contacts.
These insights, however, are contoured to the priorities of the Moscow elite. At the Club the food may be superb, the interchanges lively, but Moscow still pursues a course of action that destroys freedom within the Russian State and advances anti-U.S. interests around the world, from nuclear Iran to the revolution-supporting regime of Hugo Chavez.
What we can do
The good news is that the blindness to Moscow's actions is self-inflicted. Becoming aware of the problem goes a long way to the cure. Armed with an accurate understanding of the forces arrayed against our nation, we can, with the force of reason, demand that our politicians protect the nation from the machinations of the Moscow elite.
It is time to recognize that Moscow's arms production is aimed at one nation only - the United States. Moscow is developing a jet fighter to rival the Raptor, even after we stopped production of that state-of-the-art aircraft. Moscow continues to spend millions on research and development of its sub-launched ballistic missiles, improved tanks, helicopters and small arms. Even the Russian army's command and communications systems are undergoing a complete overhaul.
Topol L missile launcher in Red Square, - an ignored threat
This modernization is directed exclusively at the U.S.. Even in its dilapidated condition, the Russian army was more than a match for any nation on earth - with the sole exception of the United States. A modernized Russia, with a powerful and sophisticated military force, would be a rival to the U.S..
Let us now throw away the "reset" button and point out Moscow's alliances with China, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, North Korea. Without Moscow's aid, China's military build-up would still be in its infancy instead of having grown into a rival of the now-shrinking U.S. Navy. Iran would be non-nuclear, and the dictators in Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, and North Korea would be either much more vulnerable or gone entirely.
It is time to give sight to the sightless. As with St. Paul, let the scales fall so that we no longer see through blind eyes.
Posted February 24, 2010
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