Since the Russian incursion into Ukraine on February 24, the American and Western European media have been almost unanimous in pushing the template which they wish us to believe and the agenda which they wish us to follow. In the US Congress, as in most deliberative bodies in Western Europe and in such international entities as the United Nations (UN) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), the refrain has been almost identically the same: that President Volodymyr Zelenskyâ€™s heroic and noble â€œliberal democraticâ€ Ukrainian government stands for and defends â€œour liberal democratic values,â€ and that it has been brutally attacked in an unprovoked assault by the evil Russians under their evil presidentâ€”the new â€œreincarnation of Hitlerâ€â€”Vladimir Putin, who, of course, wishes to re-establish the old Soviet Empire which expired thirty-one years ago.
It’s as if nothing has changed since 1991â€”thirty-one years agoâ€”when Russian Communism perished in an ignominious death, scorned and despised by the Russian people. Itâ€™s as if no history has elapsed since then, and that somehow the spectre of Soviet Communism, or some newfangled form thereof, still critically threatens â€œthe West.â€ And thus, we must engage in a new and very dangerous â€œcold war,â€ which now in Ukraine turns increasingly â€œhot.â€
Among establishment â€œconservativesâ€â€”in particular, those we denominate Neo-conservativesâ€”this refrain finds strong resonance, as well as among Republican members of the US Congress. It is fascinating, to say the least, to see a Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell joined at the hipâ€”no daylight between themâ€”to a Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,