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“Ingsoc. The sacred principles of ingsoc. Newspeak, double-speak, the mutability of the past.” – George Orwell, 1984

As today dawned, I was looking out the window into the cold grayness with small patches of snow littering the frozen ground. As light snow began to fall, I felt a deep mourning in my soul as a memory came to me of another snowy day in 1972 when I awoke to news of Richard Nixon’s savage Christmas bombing of North Vietnam with more than a hundred B-52 bombers, in wave after wave, dropping death and destruction on Hanoi and other parts of North Vietnam. I thought of the war the United States is now waging against Russia via Ukraine and how, as during the U.S. war against Vietnam, few Americans seem to care until it becomes too late. It depressed me.

Soon after I was greeted by an editorial from The New York Times’ Editorial Board, “A Brutal New Phase of the War in Ukraine.” It is a piece of propaganda so obvious that only those desperate to believe blatant lies would not fall down laughing. Yet it is no laughing matter, for The N.Y. Times is advocating for a wider war, more lethal weapons for Ukraine, and escalation of the fighting that risks nuclear war. So their title is apt because they are promoting the brutality. This angered me.

The Times’ Editorial Board tells us that President Putin, like Hitler, is mad. “Like the last European war, this one is mostly one man’s madness.” Russia and Putin are “cruel”; are conducting a “regular horror” with missile strikes against civilian targets; are “desperate”; are pursuing Putin’s “delusions”; are waging a “terrible and useless war”; are “committing atrocities”; are responsible for “murder, rape and pillaging,” etc.

On the other hand, “a heroic Ukraine” “has won repeated and decisive victories against Russian forces” who have lost “well over 100,000 Russian soldiers killed and wounded,” according to the “reliable” source, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley. To add to this rosy report, the Ukrainians seem to have suffered no causalities since none are mentioned by the cozy Times’ Editorial Board members from their keyboards on Eighth Avenue. When you support a U.S. war, as has always been The Times’ modus operandi as a stenographer for the government, mentioning the dead pawns used to accomplish the imperialists’ dreams is bad manners. So are the atrocities committed by those forces, so they too have been omitted. Neo-Nazis, the Azov Battalion? They too must never have existed since they are not mentioned.

But then, according to the esteemed editorial writers, this is not a U.S. proxy war waged via Ukraine by U.S./NATO “to strip Russia of its destiny and greatness.” No, it is simply Russian aggression, supported by “the Kremlin’s propaganda machinery” that has churned “out false narratives about a heroic Russian struggle against forces of fascism and debauchery.” U.S./NATO were “horrified by the crude violation of the postwar order,” so we are laughingly told, and so came to Ukraine’s defense as “Mr. Putin’s response has been to throw ever more lives, resources and cruelty at Ukraine.”

Nowhere in this diatribe by the Times’ Board of propagandists – and here the whole game is given away for anyone with a bit of an historical sense – is there any mention of the U.S. engineered coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. It just didn’t happen. Never happened. Magic by omission. The U.S., together with the Ukrainian government “led” by the puppet-actor “President Volodymyr Zelensky,” are completely innocence parties, according to the Times. (Note also, that nowhere in this four page diatribe is President Putin addressed by his title, as if to say that “Mr. Putin” is illegitimate and Zelensky is the real thing.)

All the problems stem from when “Mr. Putin seized Crimea and stirred up a secessionist conflict in eastern Ukraine n 2014.”

Nowhere is it mentioned that for years on end U.S./NATO has been moving troops and weapons right up to Russia’s borders, that George W. Bush pulled the U.S. out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and that Trump did the same with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, that the U.S. has set up so-called anti-ballistic missile sites in Poland and Rumania and asserted its right to a nuclear first-strike, that more and more countries have been added to NATO’s eastern expansion despite promises to Russia to the contrary, that 15,000 plus mostly Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine have been killed by Ukrainian forces for years before February 2022, that the Minsk agreements were part of a scheme to give time for the arming of Ukraine, that the U.S. has rejected all calls from Russia to respect its borders and its integrity, that the U.S./NATO has surrounded Russia with military bases, that there was a vote in Crimea after the coup, that the U.S. has been for years waging economic war on Russia via sanctions, etc. In short, all of the reasons that Russia felt that it was under attack for decades and that the U.S. was stone deaf to its appeals to negotiate these threats to its existence. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that if all were reversed and Russia had put troops and weapons in Mexico and Canada that the United States would respond forcefully.

This editorial is propaganda by omission and strident stupidity by commission.

The editorial has all its facts “wrong,” and not by accident. The paper may say that its opinion journalists’ claims are separate from those of its newsroom, yet their claims echo the daily barrage of falsehoods from its front pages, such as:

  • Ukraine is winning on the battlefield.
  • “Russia faces decades of economic stagnation and regression even if the war ends soon.”
  • That on Jan.14, as part of its cruel attacks on civilian targets, a Russian missile struck an apartment building in Dnipro, killing many.
  • Only one man can stop this war – Vladimir Putin – because he started it.
  • Until now, the U.S. and its allies were reluctant to deploy heavy weapons to Ukraine “for fear of escalating this conflict into an all-in East-West war.”
  • Russia is desperate as Putin pursues “his delusions.”
  • Putin is “isolated from anyone who would dare to speak truth to his power.”
  • Putin began trying to change Ukraine’s borders by force in 2014.
  • During the last 11 months Ukraine has won repeated and decisive victories against Russian forces …. The war is at a stalemate.”
  • The Russian people are being subjected to the Kremlin’s propaganda machinery “churning out false narratives.”

This is expert opinion for dummies. A vast tapestry of lies, as Harold Pinter said in his Nobel Prize address. The war escalation the editorial writers are promoting is in their words, “this time pitting Western arms against a desperate Russia,” as if the U.S./NATO does not have CIA and special forces in Ukraine, just weapons, and as if “this time” means it wasn’t so for the past nine years at least as the U.S. was building Ukraine’s military and arms for this very fight.

It is a fight they will lose in the days to come. Russia was, is, and will triumph

Everything in the editorial is disingenuous. Simple propaganda: the good guys against the bad guys. Putin another Hitler. The good guys are winning, just as they did in Vietnam, until reality dawned and it had to be admitted they weren’t (and didn’t). History is repeating itself.

Little has changed and so my morning sense of mourning when I remembered Nixon and Kissinger’s savagery at Christmas 1972 was appropriate. As then, so today, we are being subjected to a vast tapestry of lies told by the corporate media for their bosses, as the U.S. continues its doomed efforts to control the world. It is not Russia that is desperate now, but propagandists such as the writers of this strident and stupid editorial. It is not the Russian people who need to wake up, as they claim, but the American people and those who still cling to the myth that The New York Times Corporation is an organ of truth. It is the Ministry of Truth with its newspeak, double-speak, and its efforts to change the past.

Let Harold Pinter have the last words:

The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

(Republished from Edward Curtin by permission of author or representative)
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  1. lloyd says: • Website

    Sorry, wrong year. The Christmas North Vietnam bombings happened at Christmas 1972. Nixon would give under a drunken state orders to bomb various countries. Kissinger let this one slip through. I don’t suppose it was coincidence that it was Christmas and Jews hate Christmas.

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  2. America has been “somebody’s b#tch” since WWII. That’s when the light of the world, the torch of freedom started to fade. America has been hollowed out from the inside out, starting with Sec of State Kissinger in the 40s, then steadily until today. All of OUR stolen wealth has now “blessed” the chosen nation in the Middle East, that racistly expands its borders while forcing diversity and rampant migration into ours. I laugh when online paid-off preachers who are in on the scam say God has blessed this tiny country. Yeah, with money stolen from the US tax pot. Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted as saying “America is a golden calf and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it piece by piece until there is nothing left but the world’s biggest welfare state that we will create and control. This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly. Kissinger is quoted as saying “The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”

  3. You know Jews wrote that editorial.

    You know Jews see Ukraine as their colony, like West Bank and Golan Heights.

    Whereas Jews are elite rulers of the West, they don’t really have a Western or European nation to call their own. Even in the US, Jews are the masters, not the owners.
    But Ukraine is different. Jews figured on using it as their colony where Jewish numbers would rise and rise, where Jews would own and control everything; it would be their second Israel, one situated in Europe; it would get all the support from the West(or Cuck-land) against Russia.

    Via Zelensky, Jews didn’t even need a proxy. They got a Jew to do the job. Jews figured this was possible because Slavs, especially Ukro-Slavs, are DUMB! Also, make Slavs fight Slavs. In this, Jews found ‘nazism’ useful because one bunch of dumb Slavs could be encouraged to see themselves as ‘Aryans’. Goes to show Jews will even enable nazism if it’s to their advantage.

    NYT isn’t merely an Orwellian ministry of truth. It’s ultra-rightist Jewish supremacist Zionist propaganda. NYT is where Goldstein is the winner in the 1984 universe and imposes his own brand of totalitarianism.

    Jews, wink wink, know what it’s all about. It’s about keeping their Jewish colony in the heart of Europe, Ukraine, where the local population is dumb enough to play ‘nazis’ for Jews and globo-homo degeneracy. And as Ukrainian population declines under increased Western influence, more Jews are to settle there and have lots of babies, like in the time of the Pale of Settlement. Jews took over Palestine. Now, they want to ‘retake’ Paleofsettlement, whicih they regard as their rightful European home.

    This is why Jews are so bitter. Imagine NYT editorial if Syria could take back Golan Heights.

    But then, whites, esp Americans, deserve a lot of blame. A bunch of craven brown-nosing cowards, they took their thirty pieces of silver and rolled out the red carpet to Jewish supremacism, Zionism, Globo-Homo, and BLM. Even with Jews turning churches into ‘gay’ shit show and unleashing black thuggery on whites, all we get from white elites(and even masses) is ‘muh Israel’ and ‘what else can we do for you, Jewish master?’ Brown-nosing shits.

    Jews don’t regard whites as fellow Americans but as their servants and pets, and whites act that way. No wonder Jews feel emboldened to tell any lie and make endless demands on goyim to sacrifice truth and their own well-being for Jewish interests.

    Calling out NYT isn’t good enough. One must name the Jewish Power behind it.

  4. @lloyd

    Thanks, Lloyd. You are right. I was probably mixing up 1984 with 1974 and had it wrong.

  5. The New York Times has always printed misleading propaganda. Its creator, Henry Raymond, was one of the founders of the Republican Party in 1854, when the paper was just three years old. That party was not founded to selflessly crusade against slavery but to represent the interests of the Yankee capitalist class, who were locked in a life-and-death struggle with the ferociously aggressive slaveholder lobby for dominance of the national government.

    In the course of my researches I have read many N Y Times of the 1850s, 60s, and 70s. The elitist bias is consistent. It is especially dramatic during the Civil War, which is presented largely as an unbroken series of national successes. On those occasions when the magnitude of a defeat was too evident to conceal, “The Retrograde Movement of Our Troops” was a favored euphemistic headline for a skedaddle. There were also endless attacks on disloyal vermin such as New York’s hated Irish-American community and others uncomfortable with the increasingly savage conduct of the struggle against fellow Americans.

    During WW2 the paper was owned by the Jewish Ochs family. Its policy was never to identify the alleged Jewish “victims” of Germany by their ethnicity, lest charges be made of deliberate exaggeration (now why do you suppose that might be a concern?) or that lurid atrocity tales might inspire local emulation. Interestingly, such reports were invariably datelined from the Red Army or the Polish Underground, which could be counted on for being scrupulously honest about their adversary, just like the little comedian of Kiev today.

    The “free press” courageously championing truth has always been more fictional than real. Journalism is first and foremost a for-profit enterprise. No editor has grown prosperous challenging the real power behind the status quo – unless of course he is doing so in the service of a rival faction of the ruling elite, to increase its share of the plunder of the public, as is so transparently the case in our time. It may be at least somewhat encouraging that the astonishing political naiveté of 19th century Americans no longer exists as it once did. More than a century of non-stop lying and betrayal has had unintended consequences, at least in some circles.

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  6. Wokechoke says:

    Funny you mentioned that about the unruly Irish in New York. I read an OpEd by the very black Charles Blow which touched on the Conscription/Draft riots that featured Irish migrants beating to death or hanging 100 blacks around town.

    It’s all very carefully worded and paper’s over how hostile working class whites must have been to the Union pre se. Why shoot a southern white man to free a black? Why indeed.

  7. The New York Times Is Orwell’s Ministry of Truth

    Only The New York Times?!

    The white West has a “Truth Industry”, AKA MSM, which does nothing except the manufacture of “Truths!”

    • Agree: Bro43rd
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