As many of you will know, I work a few nights a week at a hotel as a night porter. This morning I was putting out the newspapers in the guest lounge and noticed this headline, “Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.”
“Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.”
Now I have not really had time to look fully into this article, but as I understand this, this is a quote from Sir Nick Carter the Chief of the General Staff. But what I really wanted to ask was, “What does this mean?”
“Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.” well, of course, they could… But when you put the word could in a newspaper headline or in an assessment of a military threat it immediately become a nonsense. Of course, they COULD, initiate hostilities sooner than we expect. Well unless we expect them to initiate hostilities immediately. Vladimir Putin COULD appear on TV dressed in a pink leotard riding a hobbyhorse and singing I’m a little teapot short and stout… but it is rather unlikely.
“It will start with something we don’t expect”
“It will start with something we don’t expect.” The very fact that they have said that they… expect it to “start with something we don’t expect” has now become a self-cancelling prophecy, has not it? If you expect it to start with something you do not expect… you are now expecting it to start with that very thing!
One could go on, “we may not have a choice about a conflict with Russia.” We may not find a golden mushroom growing from the back of our heads in the morning either! We, of course, may not have a choice… but then again we could start to engage with Russia, a predominantly Christian country, after all, we have close ties with Saudi Arabia a country that morally and philosophically is very different to ourselves, (i.e. Sharia law). Saudi Arabia still stones people or hangs them from its lamp posts.
The West, at least a great deal of it has been sabre rattling at and about Russia for many years now. But step back and look at who involved in wars around the world at the moment. Who has been fermenting conflicts and supplying help and weapons to murderous, Christian massacring groups throughout the middle east for the last xxx years? America and the UK. Who is illegally in occupation of large parts of Syria? America.
Russia has not started a conflict in many years, America has not had a year without war for… I don’t know how long. And before you mention Crimea, you need to know about America’s involvement in the election of an anti-Russian government right on the Russian border. And as for the Russian involvement in the resent American elections… What actual evidence have you seen? From all that I hear, and I am trying to get a major interview about this for the Podcast… it is mostly or all fabrication from the CIA, FBI and Democratic party, through Fusion GPS, (the anti-conservative, opposition group) and Perkins Coie, (The law firm that was behind the fake birth certificate for Obama). But that is another story.
Not journalism, but jingoism!
To my mind, what the Daily Mail is doing here is not journalism, but jingoism!
Admittedly, I have not been able to read the article in depth yet, but nor will most people who see this paper. It is the headlines that will be read at the petrol station forecourt stand or at the newsagent. Leaving aside for now whether or not Sir Nick Carter should or should not have made these comments, newspaper editors have a responsibility, not to just regurgitate rhetoric, but to question and report. Even in their headlines, as that is often all that is read.