Fake Peaceniks
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 15 Mar , 2023

Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to 1945 is known to have said, “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” The war in Ukraine is witnessing two prominent lies (among thousands) propagated by the US through 3,000 CIA agents implanted in mainstream media under Operation ‘Mockingbird’ to ‘control’ public opinion ( These are: one, Russia started the war in Ukraine, and; two, Russia doesn’t want to negotiate a ceasefire in Ukraine.

With the fall of the Berlin War reunifying Germany in 1990, the Soviet Union and NATO agreed that NATO troops would not be deployed on former East German territory. Subsequently, in 1991 when the Soviet Union broke up, the US-NATO promised NATO would not expand any more, especially towards Russia. But in 1999, NATO expanded to include: Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic in 1999; Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia in 2004; Albania and Croatia in 2009; Montenegro in 2017, and; North Macedonia in 2020.   

On February 17, 2022, Jack Matlock, American diplomat and historian who was US Ambassador to Soviet Union (1987-1991), told media that the collapse of the Soviet Union was NOT because of US pressure but due to internal issues which led to its fall and that NATO expansion would lead to an arms race. Matlock said, “If you start piecemeal expanding NATO, you are going to – without including Russia – you are going to once again precipitate a buildup of arms and a competition, an armed competition. There was no reason to do it at that time. At that point of time Russia was not threatening any eastern European company.” 

On several past occasions, Russian President Vladimir Putin had highlighted in his discussions with European leaders that Russia will not take lightly the inclusion of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. Yet in July 2022, NATO invited Finland and Sweden (both on Russia’s periphery) to join and ratification of their applications is underway. In September 2022, Ukraine also applied for NATO membership.

Many US scholars, strategists and veterans (military and intelligence officials) have opined that expanding NATO to  Russia’s border would lead to hostilities. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, warned on several occasions that NATO expansion would create tensions between Russia and the US as well as Russia and rest of Western Europe. But the US game-plan all along was to establish an existential threat to Russia, force it to launch operations and reap the profits of war by boosting American arms and oil industries.

This is why Putin’s efforts for dialogue before launching special operations in Ukraine in February 2022 were stonewalled by the US. More significantly, Naftali Bennett, then Israeli Prime Minister in March 2022 recently disclosed that his efforts to broker a ceasefire in early stages of the war in Ukraine, with both Russia and Ukraine agreeing to concessions, were “blocked”  by the US and its Western allies ( 

In the above backdrop, the West still blames Russia for starting the war in Ukraine and not wanting to end it. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken goes around saying, “No one wants peace more urgently than the people of Ukraine. They are the victims every single day of Russia’s aggression. We all know the simple truth that war could end tomorrow, it could end today – If Russian President Vladimir Putin so decided. He started it, he can stop it.” But Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says, “Everyone is asking when Russia will be ready for negotiations… no one is asking Zelensky (Ukraine President) when he is going to negotiate… Zelensky signed a decree according to which negotiations with Russia are a criminal offense while Putin is president (”

All this proves that the US started the war with Russia using Ukraine as proxy, having planned it years in advance, and America does not want this war until Russia is defeated (height of utopia) or Putting is assassinated/dies/removed. The theatrics of portraying peace but ordering Zelensky to not negotiate fools none, as is Ukraine’s systemic Nazification. The gung-ho stance of US President Joe Biden stems from the belief that the lies spread are the gospel truth; although the American and European public is nor foolish.     

But Joe Biden and his fake peaceniks are not satisfied with the above. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was recently summoned to Washington DC for discussions with Biden because Germany had shown hesitation in arming Ukraine – be it air defence systems or Leopard tanks. Scholz is conscious of adverse effects of the war on the European economy including energy shortages with America bombing Russian Nord Stream pipelines.

Germany is experiencing anti-war protests and in January 2023 thousands of people demonstrated in the rain against demolition of a village in western Germany for  expanding a coal mine. In December 2022, Britain approved a Pound 167 million project for a new coal mine 30 years after the last one was opened. These examples prove that the Biden Administration, while bragging about environmental protection, has doomed Europe to coal for meeting its energy shortages.

Scholz visited China and India to improve the German economy but Biden probably told Scholz that his and Germany’s future lies with Europe, also hinting indirectly if he does not toe Washington’s line, there could be consequences – break up of NATO, castigation from EU and ‘engineered’ terrorist acts in Germany adversely impacting/ending Scholz’s political career. After all, America’s credentials in terrorism are well established. French President Emmanuel Macron who also had US support in getting re-elected for a second term, would have been similarly psyched. That is why Macron recently invited Zelensky for a tripartite meeting with Scholz, which was adversely commented upon by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Paris is presently witnessing violent protests against Macron’s labour law reform, high fuel prices, inflation and economic reforms resulting in demonstrations, riots, vandalism, arson, assault and police brutality. Macron would do anything to remain in Washington’s good books including support from Operation ‘Mockingbird’ to mould public opinion. He also recognizes America’s potential to destabilize France through terror.    

The Biden Administration even sacrificed age-old friendship with close ally Israel, not supporting Israel at the  UN when the UN issued a formal statement on February 20, 2023, denouncing Israel’s plan to expand settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. The Biden Administration was stung with Naftali Bennett’s efforts to broker a Russia-Ukraine ceasefire in March 2022 plus the fact that Israel also has good relations with Moscow because of which it rejected the US demand for supplying anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.

On January 30, 2023, Iran announced it had foiled a drone attack on its military facility in the city of Isfahan. The US media quoting unnamed US intelligence officials quickly blamed Israel for the drone attack. The US also holds the blackmail to support or not support Israel in the event of a Israel-Iran war. Now news has emerged that Iran has enriched uranium to 84 percent – just below weapon grade. Iran has denied this and time will tell whether this is true or not with Iran already agreeing to inspection of its nuclear faculties. Was this a CIA rumour to ignite another hotspot that would involve Israel seeking US support?

Not only was the war in Ukraine initiated by the US, America does not want any ceasefire negotiations or the war to end. It would probably require an extraordinary event (NBC exchange or cosmic intervention) for that to happen. But one thing looks certain – Joe Biden is becoming more and more insecure.

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Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

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  1. Will you stop your nonsense defending and justifying the invasion of Ukraine by Putin? Putin has Pesky and Lavrovy to represent him in international forums. You need to stop misguiding the public at large with your disinformation campaign.
    In a televised address to the nation (Feb 2022), Putin explicitly denied that Ukraine had ever had “real statehood,” and said the country was an integral part of Russia’s “own history, culture, spiritual space.”
    In the March 2014 speech, Putin assured that Russia will not seek confrontation with the West and the East and stressed that Russia and Ukraine — are one people. Ukraine will continue to live millions of Russian citizens, which means that Russia will always defend their interests. In the speech, Putin also insisted that Russia had no intention to invade other regions of Ukraine, saying “we don’t want a division of Ukraine, we don’t need that.”
    Let the Indians know how you seek to distort modern history. And about the modern day Hitler who is on a rampage!

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