Monday, September 16, 2019

While our attention is diverted........

Russia is an authoritarian and corrupt state that regards the EU and, more specifically, NATO, as a challenge, a competitor and a threat. Its influence activities are malicious, undermining alliances and creating distrust, weakening what Moscow sees as their opponents and thus ensuring the survival of this authoritarian regime.

Their interference is worrisome at several levels. First, Russia is undermining core democratic processes, like elections, and trust in the political system and its institutions.

 Second, their disinformation and manipulation of media and social media is directly undermining the political discourse, essential to democracy.

Third, this is further exacerbated by their malicious attacks on individuals, like the Finnish journalist Jessika Aro, who has been tracked and harassed systematically after exposing Russian trolling of social media. However, the overall Russian approach is simple, divide and rule. These influence activities are almost always exploiting existing conflicts, fueling and enlarging them.

If the Russian strategy is to divide our alliances and nations, sticking together would be to heed the advice of Sun Tzu: ‘What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy’’

When it comes to the EU, which is the Kremlins prime target, the promotion of nationalism is the modus operandi. Yet try and introduce nationalism into the subject of Russia or even India with their multitude of religions, cultures and languages or even the 52 different countries in the USA you are met with a blank stare and....” well the Europeans are different”

Given the statistics the life span of an honest Russian journalist is shorter than a an RAF rear gunner in WW2.

3 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

So why is the EU hell bent on buying gas from this avowed enemy?

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

No point in explaining to you the difference between the commercial world and the political. Russia and the gas will always be there.

paul scott said...

Egg sinks deeper and deeper into the necrotic swamp of Marxist ideology, no one attempt to save him he must drown.