Over the last few days, I’ve begun to see a trend in Social Media. Apparently, we’re to be prohibited from, or at least certainly discouraged from asking a number of important questions. My list is not nearly complete. I could ask many more, and hopefully, so could you. The notion here isn’t to focus on the particular question, but to provide you the kinds of questions we must begin to ask. We’re in the midst of a propaganda war, perhaps even more than watching an actual war in Ukraine. We’re part of the battle-space in that information war, but we’re reliant on the information cartel that is made up of governments and media. How much and how thoroughly have they been lying to us, not merely about Ukraine, or COVID, but virtually every story they bother to present to us? The purpose of this post isn’t to really answer any of the questions, but to give you a sense of the sorts of questions we must ask. We fail to ask them at our own peril. More, we must begin to ask what are the motives behind the suppression of questions. It’s time to be sheep no longer.
- In the 1990s, under the flag of NATO, we effectively invaded a sovereign nation, Yugoslavia, partitioning it into what we declared to be sovereign, independent states to prevent ethnic cleansing. How does this differ from Putin invading Ukraine, partitioning it, and declaring some of the partitions as independent sovereign states, an action he claims will prevent a genocide?
- If Putin is a “kleptocrat” because he used politics and the power of his office to personally enrich himself and his family and friends, is Joe Biden also a “kleptocrat?” Nancy Pelosi? Barack Obama? Mitt Romney? Adam Kinzinger? Mitch McConnell?
- If warning potential adversaries that interference/intervention/attack against you/your forces/interests will be met with “Fire and Fury the likes of which [they’ve] never seen,” is Putin a bad guy for issuing a similar warning?
- In 2014, did the United States help fund, arm and equip those who carried out a violent coup against the then sitting government of Ukraine?
- Why does the media continuously recycle images and videos from past wars, conflicts, and even photo ops in the furtherance of their narrative?
- Are “we” the good guys? Who’s “we?” “We” the United States? “We” NATO? “We” the Party of Davos? “We” the DC UniParty?
- If we know the media has lied to us consistently over the last five or more years, what makes you think the lies stop at the water’s edge? Do you think other media outlets around the world are any less dishonest, controlled, or part of the information cartel? Why do you believe that?
- Do you understand that media companies are now global? As just one example, do you know all the assets of News Corp?
- Sometimes, events are used to cover-up or hide other events. Can you name a single thing that was obscurred or hidden by the constant Ukraine war coverage this past weekend?
- You may trust, as one example, a particular radio talk host. Have you asked where your radio hosts get their news and information about ongoing events? Have you asked them how they’ve derived their opinions? This goes for bloggers, including me. Where do the people who tell you their opinions derive the information from which they’ve developed these opinions?
- Media are very good at concealing full information about a given story. How many examples can you name in which blaring headlines and chyrons present a less-than-full accounting of the real facts in the story? I point to the issue with SWIFT ban headlines mentioned in a post Monday morning, as one example. Have you seen more of the same?
- Why are all the people involved in the current official US Ukraine narrative the same people involved in the first Trump Impeachment Hoax and the 2016 Russia Hoax?
We all need to ask more questions. Many more questions. We need to dig deeper for the answers. We need to doubt most everything. The media and government bear witness to events and situations all over the globe, and we watch and listen because we can’t possibly be everywhere at once. How easy is our actual remoteness from events and stories used as the avenue by which we can be misled or flatly lied-to?
Start asking questions, everywhere. We’re in a global quagmire created by the information cartel. It’s time we begin to reach outside it, or decipher it, or break down its walls.