I’ve been told on social media that the only thing that needs to be written or said about the Russian-Ukrainian war is how bad Russia’s aggression is, and that it’s feting Vladimir Putin if I write about the expansion of NATO and the CIA coup in Ukraine (2014) and coup attempt in Belarus (2021) as provocations toward the war.
But I don’t write about things people already know. That’s boring. You can find out about Russian aggression on every corporate media broadcast, on every corporate media channel, and every establishment politician’s lips. I write and meme about things people don’t know and need to know.
The official narrative is also boring because it’s historically repetitive.
The war narrative narrative repeatedly stated nearly 10 years ago I was a tool of Bashir al-Assad – as part of the barrage of war propaganda in favor of war against Assad’s Syria – while I was writing antiwar articles on libertarian websites against US military involvement. The result was Hillary Clinton’s State Department armed ISIS.
The war narrative 12 years ago said I was pro-Kaddafi a few months before our disastrous Libyan intervention that re-introduced the slave trade to Africa.
The war narrative 20 years ago said I was a useful idiot of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, when I was writing for AntiWar.com against Iraq War 2.0.
The war narrative 25 years ago said I was a propagandist for Slobodan Milosovic when I was writing against the war propaganda leading to the Balkan Wars that killed tens of thousands.
I was called racist 30 years ago when I was writing against the bloody Somalian intervention, but it was their intervention that ended with the massacre of ten thousand black Somalis on the streets of Mogadishu and "Black Hawk Down."
I was called Saddam Hussein’s useful idiot for the first time 32 years ago when I was writing in The New American magazine against Iraq War 1.0, which ended in the deaths of thousands of Iraqis and hundreds of Americans and the restoration of the Kuwaiti emirate dictatorship.
The morons who mindlessly retailed the Military-Industrial-Surveillance Complex’s war propaganda were wrong every time they insisted I was for the dictator. They were wrong every time I heard, "This is different. We’re fighting a potential Hitler." Occasionally, years after the war went awry some of the wokist simpletons impotently stated perfunctorily that they were against war. But it was always too late to stop the massacres and mass death they had actively and stupidly helped make inevitable.
And every time I welcomed them belatedly back into the antiwar movement, when some of them realized each of these wars was a mistake years later. But I always wondered how they could be so gullible, and so often.
This time is different, however. This time they’re gearing up for a war between the two nuclear superpowers. There may not be anything left to welcome them back this time.
So I would say to detractors of the antiwar movement that it’s time to wake up, stop retailing someone else’s war propaganda du jour, start thinking for yourself, look at where this war propaganda is being generated, and why.
Or you can just change your Facebook profile pic to the flag of the season and keep pretending you’re doing something that actually makes a difference. But I have to say that unless you’re running actual guns to Ukraine, you’re not making a difference for Ukraine, and you’re making a nuclear confrontation more likely.
Thomas R. Eddlem is a freelance writer, an economist with a masters degree in Applied Economics from Boston College, and Communications Director for the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts.