Those Russian Dastards!
The Empire’s warmongers have played the demonization of Putin really well. But there is a predictable methodology to the art of fomenting war and at some point advancing the confrontation means that everything about Russia – the people themselves and all they do – must become tarred as evil as well.
The New York Times has that propaganda campaign well underway. In a piece called “NYT’s Absurd New Anti-Russian Propaganda,” Robert Parry cites a recent story in the newspaper of record about those sinister Russians “using inflatable decoys of military weapons to confuse adversaries.” These “lethal tricks,” the paper advises, are “an increasingly critical element in the country’s geopolitical ambitions.”
Oh, those ambitious Russians!
“If the dangers weren’t so great,” writes Parry, “The New York Times over-the-top denunciation of all things Russian would be almost funny.”
The Times illustrates the nefarious Russian activities with photos of the inflated MIG-31s and S-300 missile arrays. “More subtly,” it says, “their purpose is to clutter the enemy’s decision making, forcing commanders to waste precious time verifying whether a newly discovered target is real or just hot air.”
Oh, those dastardly Russians. Will they not stoop to anything?
Unlike the NYT’s story, Parry’s account of it in ConsortiumNews.com thoughtfully includes a photo of an inflatable Allied tank in World War II.
Oh, those dastardly Allies!