The Media Drumbeat for WarIt has become unbearable to observe the Western media, in the grip of corrupt military contractors, wielding their undue influence on the unknowing victims of the media “news” reports as they publicly and shamelessly celebrate their enormous profits this year from the billions of dollars in weapons they are selling to keep the Ukraine war going. The drumbeat of demonization and excoriation of Putin by the Western media, as the sole provocative cause of all the current havoc and evil, with hardly a word devoted to the historical context that brought us to this tragic turn of events is unconscionable. There is barely any reporting in the Western press of the events leading up to this violence, resulting from the corrupt path the Western neoliberal corporate corrupters followed, ever since the blessed ending of the Cold War when Gorbachev ended the Soviet occupation, dissolving the Warsaw Pact, without a shot. The United States promised him, in a host of documents and testimonies that have been surfacing recently, including from Reagan’s Ambassador Jack Matlock, that if Russia didn’t object to a unified Germany joining NATO, the alliance would not expand one inch to the East. Since Russia lost 27 million people to the Nazi onslaught, they had good reason to be fearful of an expanded Western military alliance.
It’s as though we are all living in some nightmare scenario, like the movie Don’t Look Up, with greed-driven military contractors controlling our lamestream media and fanning the flames of war! Look up, people! How would we feel if Russia took Canada or Mexico into their military alliance? The United States went berserk when the USSR put weapons in Cuba! So why don’t we urge Ukraine to back off [from NATO] and stop sending them even one more bullet to fuel a senseless war? Let Ukraine agree to be neutral like Finland and Austria instead of insisting they have a right to be part of our military alliance which Putin has been pleading with us for years to stop expanding. It was perfectly reasonable for Putin to require that Ukraine not become a member of NATO and we should take him up on it and save the world from the scourge of war with new programs of cooperation to end the plague, abolish nuclear weapons, and save our Mother Earth from looming catastrophic climate destruction. Let us usher in a new era of cooperation to deal with the real threats.
Alice Slater serves on the boards of World BEYOND War and the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and is an NGO representative to the UN for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She is a member of the Veterans For Peace Nuclear Abolition Working Group and helped draft the Veterans For Peace Nuclear Posture Review.