by Boyd D, Cathey, The Unz Review:
Back on October 25, 2022 Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) celebrated the withdrawal by the Democratic congressional “progressive caucus” of their abortive letter (October 24) imploring the Biden administration to engage in serious negotiations with Russia and Ukraine to possibly end the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe that threatens rapidly to become a nuclear conflagration which could end life on earth as we know it.
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Raskin is not just any ordinary Democratic congressman; he’s an important member of the special House commission which has been busily investigating that dire threat to “our democracy,” the January 6, 2021 “insurrection.” Yes, he’s a far Leftist and Jewish and his message is often just as frenzied and fanatical as that of any member of the Squad. But with one major difference: he’s highly placed and well connected, part of the Democrat establishment, so when he speaks, he speaks with some authority for the party and its leadership.
After praising his fellow Leftists for withdrawing their plea for negotiations to end a cruel and vicious conflict—oddly, is that not what Leftists traditionally claim they do, demand “peace” and an “end to violence”?—and jumping on the jingoist and warmongering bandwagon, a spiraling path which may well end in nuclear holocaust, Raskin uttered his most important and revealing paragraph and the real reasons the US is deeply involved in a faraway conflict in Eastern Europe.
Whether he realized it or not, it summarizes the official (if unspoken) American and NATO stance on the conflict, and more, the real issues involved. Most everyone in positions of power and authority in Washington and Brussels understands them, but far too many regular Americans do not.
Here is Raskin stating why we must be in Ukraine:
“Moscow right now is a hub of corrupt tyranny, censorship, authoritarian repression, police violence, propaganda, government lies and disinformation, and planning for war crimes. It is a world center of antifeminist, antigay, anti-trans hatred, as well as the homeland of replacement theory for export. In supporting Ukraine, we are opposing these fascist views, and supporting the urgent principles of democratic pluralism.”
Sound familiar? It should, as it is the same litany of accusations we hear constantly and hysterically spouted by most of our legacy media domestically to attack, impugn and cancel those who question and challenge the latest conquests of our “liberal democracy.” The language is nearly identical, save for the location.
Those “ultra MAGA” types must be defeated, extinguished, whether in America or in Russia….
Raskin thus reveals the template, a universal template, which is employed both domestically here in the US and also globally by NATO and the EU to justify its actions in Ukraine…and elsewhere.
And those actions parallel consistently the actions of official American foreign policy generally since the end of World War II. Certainly, we had to oppose the advance of Soviet Communism after that war, and much of the justification for our foreign policy since then was just that: we had to defeat the Soviets, we had to defend “liberty,” but, more ominously, we had to “force” (in the words of Allan Bloom in his The Closing of the American Mind) “liberal democracy” on all those recalcitrant nations around the globe, whether they wished it or not.
And so-called American “conservatives” went along, as the threat of Communism was a potential game ender which we had to stop, at all costs. Yet, in retrospect, it appears that each “crise de guerre,” each crisis which enabled us to engage in what seemed “righteous” warfare at the time, turned out to be a false flag initiated by our government, whether the Gulf of Tonkin “incident” which propelled us into vicious on-the-ground participation in the Vietnam War; the WMDs in Iraq which we solemnly assured the world “were there secretly hidden by the evil Saddam Hussein” (but which weren’t—a myth manufactured by our zealous Neoconservative globalists); the Syrian “massacres and gas attacks,” purportedly engineered by President Bashar al-Assad (and his Russian allies), but in fact more false flags staged by John McCain’s terrorist Islamist friends; and the evangelical desire to convert Afghanistan—a nation with a thirteenth century Islamic culture—into a gleaming example of “modern” American Kulchur, replete with feminism, LGBTQ “rights,” and all the other blessings that habitually flow from our imperial foreign policy when we infect a targeted country with our version of progress and liberal democracy.
Our involvement in Ukraine is the latest chapter in this tragic procession of failed involvements engineered by those who have dominated our foreign policy (and also largely our domestic policies) in their chiliastic desire to establish what my late mentor, conservative Russell Kirk, termed a “Pax Americana,” a global entity which bandies about excessively the language of “democracy” and “human rights,” as it proceeds progressively to limit and end the actual liberties of the peoples it comes in contact with…whether here in the US with the weaponization of the DOJ and its armed Stasi-style FBI, or in countries around the world where the global “democratic” (read=tyrannical) boot of the US and its minions in NATO and the EU extinguish the heritage and traditional liberties of the inhabitants unfortunate enough to be recipient of American largesse.