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Anti-Russian rhetoric reaches fever pitch

The Editor,

Government and media anti-Russian/Putin rhetoric has reached fever pitch. CBC’s “How Putin used propaganda to justify invading Ukraine” could easily have been matched with “How Bush/Blair used propaganda to justify invading Iraq,” a story never seen in the Western media. Instead, a familiar and simplistic good vs. evil narrative bombards the public, leaving no room for dissenting voices and nuanced debate.

The increasing proximity of U.S. and NATO military bases and nuclear weapons to Russian borders is beyond dispute, but apparently, providing context in this crisis is irrelevant at best and treasonous at worst. The Cuban missile crisis, which almost led to a nuclear war, tells us exactly how the West would behave should nuclear weapons approach our shores.

A brief sampling of the West’s ignoble actions and crimes, all well-documented, unveils a very different picture that should discredit them as honest actors and reliable sources by any standards.

Canada’s tacit support for the U.S./U.K. outright illegal invasion of Iraq. The subsequent death and untold suffering of millions are a direct consequence of our closest ally's violation of international law. Canada has remained silent for over 20 years.

The deafening silence of the West on Guantanamo Bay on its 20th anniversary was described by UN experts as an “ugly chapter of unrelenting human rights violations.”

A UN report describes ongoing arms sales by Canada, the U.S., U.K. and France as fueling the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. The situation in Yemen has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with a “surreal and absurd dimension” of human rights violations.