WASHINGTON – Faced with the obvious inability of the Ukrainian and NATO governments to achieve success in the military arena, the main war effort has begun …
to be conducted increasingly in the media, where the United States and the West still have a great advantage, given their control over the cultural media apparatus that sets the standards for what is true and what is not, what happens and what does not happen.
It was “natural” for these tools to resort to the subjugation of information to construct false “truths,” but it was also normal to appeal to fiction and subtlety of language, trying to maintain a composure that would support their trite talk of “freedom of the press.” “the equal rights of citizens before the law,” “respect for the physical and moral integrity of citizens,” “the innocence of people before their guilt is proven,” and other nonsense that has been constructed over centuries to sustain the dominant pattern of domination.
The war in Ukraine has thrown all these deceptions to the wind. Now lies are being used shamelessly, even above the legal impediments that the capital system itself has created to ensure its control over society.
The seriousness of the matter is that this situation has materialized in the United Nations (UN) itself, which has assumed the role of an interested party in the European conflict, which is natural when one considers that the Secretary General comes from a NATO member country and that, as prime minister of his country, he has supported all the terrorist actions of that organization.
In the entire Ukrainian conflict, the UN played a leading role on only three occasions: first, to try to rescue the Nazis hiding in the Azov factory in Mariupol, who were the only people of interest to the world body. Second, to “mediate” so that Ukraine’s grain production could be exported; and now, to express concern about the attacks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
In the first case, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres even went to Moscow and Kiev to express concern for the lives of the Nazis who occupied the plant at the time, using civilians as shields, and who, given the course of events, it was foreseeable-as it turned out-that they would be captured and tried as criminals.
Nothing was said by Guterres, let alone the despicable Michelle Bachelet, about the attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces against the civilian population that claimed countless lives, including children and the elderly. These “military operations” against schools, hospitals and cultural centers are being transformed by the transnationals of disinformation into “counterattacks and counteroffensives” that do not exist on the battlefield.
Regarding the difficulties in exporting Ukrainian grain, the argument was that Russia was preventing the arrival of ships that were supposed to load this product and that this threatened “a world famine, especially in the poorest countries on the planet.”
They hid the fact that Black Sea ports were being mined by Ukraine to prevent Russian ships from approaching and that floating bombs posed a real danger to ships and crews.
The height of media falsehood and institutional hypocrisy was revealed when, of the first seven ships to leave Ukraine loaded with grain, only one was destined for the “poorest countries on the planet.”
The others landed in European or other Mediterranean ports so that the “richest countries on the planet” could increase and secure their supplies.
But the third case exceeded all rationality. The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (the largest in Europe) was occupied by Russian troops on March 4 and has been under Moscow’s control ever since. With the risk of producing a nuclear accident of untold proportions, the Ukrainian military bombed the vicinity of the plant, blaming Russia for such events.
Who would think that Russia would attack a place where its troops are stationed, given that it is an extremely fragile target for the security of the region and the world? The world press reported that “Ukraine and Russia accused each other of attacking the Zaporizhia power plant.” In this situation, Russia convened the UN Security Council, which did absolutely nothing!
For the UN and the media, such a commission would verify several elements that would make their lies obvious. First, to get to Zaporizhia they would have had to pass through Moscow, the only way to reach the site, which would prove Russian control over the facility.
The second aspect is that the bomb and missile attacks on the company would be shown to have come from the Ukrainian military, confirming that it is Ukraine and NATO that are endangering Ukraine, Europe and all humanity, thus undermining the official discourse on the matter.
On another level of disinformation, there is talk of the West’s “inestimable” aid to Ukraine as a means of sustaining the economy and war in that country led by a neo-Nazi government. It is “said” that Ukraine is winning the war. Let’s see.
As of Aug. 15, Ukraine had lost 267 fighter planes, 148 helicopters, 1,736 unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), 365 surface-to-air missile systems, 4,297 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 3,295 field artillery guns and mortars, and 4,858 motorized special military vehicles, the market value of which is about $181,017,380,000 (more than $181 billion).
Not to mention the fact that the Ukrainian government demanded first $7 billion a month and then $5 billion a month for state operational expenses (54 billion for this year, according to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz).
Added to this is the damage to infrastructure: roads, bridges, power plants and more, as well as the government’s inability to operate the country’s productive apparatus, especially when the largest and most powerful industrial zone, the most fertile land for food production and the main mining areas are in the Donbass, i.e., Russian-occupied territories.
Meanwhile, Western “aid” (which is not aid at all, but credits and loans) amounted to $48 billion as of July 23 from the United States, of which only $8.2 billion was military in nature. For its part, the European Commission approved a 9 billion package, although it did not agree on how it would be financed. In July they sent only 1 billion. To this should be added that the UK, Canada and Japan have pledged an additional billion.
It is worth noting that the IMF estimated Ukraine’s balance of payments deficit at $143 billion, and as of July 22 the Ukrainian government said it had received only $12.7 billion. What do these amounts mean compared to the more than $181 billion lost in military equipment alone: trifles, boons, charity that Ukrainians have to die for, aided by the media that turned them into “decisive Western aid to Ukraine.”
In this context, who can think to say that Ukraine is winning the war when it has lost 161,500 sq. km. of territory, an area larger than that of England and very close to that of South Vietnam, which the U.S. has never been able to occupy in 20 years of war, and 20 percent of Afghan territory, which the U.S. has also controlled in 20 years, countries from which they had to flee after being expelled by their peoples?
But even these undeniable truths are concealed and falsified by the waffling media, which is complicit in a war motivated by the insatiable expansion of capital, which even – as in the last century – resorts to Nazism and fascism to pursue its goals.