Day 6 of the Propaganda War. (Russia/Ukraine)
Whatever is going on at ground level in the Ukraine, one thing is for certain Russia and Ukraine, assisted by the West, are fighting tooth and nail to win the propaganda war.
There is no more accurate saying than “The first casualty of War is Truth.” The Ukraine, Russia conflict is no exception, with misinformation and outright lies being employed by both sides even before the first shot was fired. The media once again has been the willing handmaid in promoting and packaging untruth after untruth with all the outraged sentiment of a ravaged maiden in distress.
The propaganda being used is entirely unoriginal. It’s the cliches we have become accustomed to hearing every time belligerents prepare to take to the field of battle.
Putin has chosen to secure power and hegemony over former client states based on his propaganda. He believes the time is right for Russia to be strong and uncompromising in his dealings with the breakaway elements to his West and will brook no opposition from what he perceives to be a morally corrupt and weak United States along with an effete Europe.
His recent statements regarding putting his Nuclear forces on alert is another example of his willingness to use psychological intimidation on citizens and leaders of sovereign nations to achieve his end.
The Russian president is using his leadership and propaganda machine to consolidate the attention of his people against a single adversary and to be careful that nothing will split this attention while at the same time making his opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. Will he prove successful in his tactics? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, the West doggedly sticks to working up the emotional instincts of the broad masses of their electorates.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for truth, it was the first casualty six days ago.