By NSS staff
One of the founding missions of newsilkstrategies.com was to provide information with which ordinary people everywhere could develop healthy rational viewpoints that promote peace.
But, based on reader feedback, we gradually discovered to our surprise that lack of available knowledge was not the problem. The real problem we faced is the way Westerners process information. When confronted by information that promoted peace but did not come from approved sources, they rejected it as anti-American or as part of conspiracy theories. If, for example, a commentary came from a verifiable outlet that often posted information contrary to the American brand of patriotism, they dismissed it as unreliable or fake without bothering to check the sources or the links embedded therein. Thus they were victims of a circular thinking that cut off valuable sources of intellectual development. The facts were lost through the process of demonization. Thus a commentary thoroughly researched and containing abundant links to sources that they would have ordinarily approved was dismissed without further inquiry because it was branded at the outset as somehow evil or wicked. In other words, the mentality was more religious or shamanistic than rational or fact-based.
While the latest round of obvious lies about Putin and Assad were so poorly designed and, on top of it, were thoroughly debunked (especially based on the known ties between the White Helmets and Syrian militants), and exposed as being of the “Powell’s vial” type, causing millions of Americans to doubt their government’s war propaganda, there is still an overwhelmingly influential core of true believers in the US on both sides of the aisle, and when you deal with one of these Westerners, you are generally dealing with a person whose political mind is made up and hermetically sealed. (A powerful factor has been Trump’s declaration that the msm is “fake news.” That brilliant statement immunized him from any contention that Trump himself is also a bearer of false news, because who would suspect the accuser of being an accomplice? And yet, the statement “Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terror” was patently ridiculous in a world where the Saudis have long been known to have sponsored Al-Qaeda and ISIS, at least privately, and are still sponsoring Jaish al-Islam on the state level, while Iran has long fought terrorists in Syria and Iraq).
The American “patriot” described above is a miniature replica of Western officialdom, described by Sergey Chernyakhovsky in his commentary featured in our post “The Sick strongman of the world.”
“It is useless to explain anything or use any means of persuasion.”
“The US foreign policy machine has always methodically executed its own plan, until it meets with a strong rebuff involving unacceptable losses.”
Chernyakovsky has described US foreign policy to a t, but, as we see from the above, it goes deeper than that. The mind of the average American works just like this as well, and until and unless grassroots US America’s mind changes fundamentally, the government cannot be expected to change because they are two sides of the same coin, ie, the naïve Shallow State and the cunning Deep State. No matter how much evidence this traditional grassroots American “patriot” sees that contradicts, even thoroughly disproves, his political worldview, he sticks to it to the bitter end, until such time as he meets a “strong rebuff involving unacceptable losses.” Like the “drunk cowboy in a saloon,” which Chernyakhovsky likens to the creators and perpetrators of US foreign policy, the average American will cling to his support for a policy that since the 50s in the Korean war, has slaughtered millions of mostly civilians and thousands of Americans, believing that such is the only way for the US to survive. He relies on the famous comparison of Churchill with Chamberlain, ignoring the fact that Putin is not another Hitler by any means or measure, and on the notion “freedom is not fee,” which to him means an absolute necessity of going into combat to protect the homeland from perceived enemies that have never attacked it and have no visible plans to do so by any plausible argument. For according to his definition, America is the world’s strongman who must stoically and heroically save the world from itself by strictly military means. At the moment when the US ceases to use military force against any country that opposes its worldview, it ceases to exist by definition for this traditional American cowboy, and any politician who ends the bombings is the killer of the homeland. An America that does not resist opponents with guns blazing is not America. In his view, if the US negotiates with other states without bombing them, it is showing weakness simply by virtue of that fact, because all states that fail to see the superiority of the American viewpoint are sneaky commie or Muslim trouble makers bent on undermining the Exceptional Nation. Worse, to this American “patriot,” serving the Saviour means first and foremost supporting Israel, even if no one can seem to find the quote where Jesus commanded His followers to help a secular Israel fight its enemies real and imagined. To the US cowboys, change means death. Political candidates understand this way of thinking and their campaign promises accommodate it. Therefore, once they are elected, they are obliged to keep these promises to make war with everyone who doubts US Exceptionalism. They are prisoners to a mind-set and no politician, no matter how powerful, can escape this vicious circle of voter-politician-voter-politician interdependence.
Thus, barring a tectonic change in US America’s grassroots mentality, the only way the US can truly be saved is not through internal means but from the outside.
On the campaign trail, Trump said he would make the US military so strong that “no one will ever mess with us again.” The Russian or Chinese way of showing fairness and respect for sovereignty to all partners is incomprehensible to most voters. And like official America, it will abandon its tenacious worldview only if confronted by the steel wall mentioned by Chernyachovsky.
Meanwhile, the steel wall is being built, panel by panel.
When the Russians and Syrians drove the last of the militants out of E. Ghouta, that was a steel panel in the military component of the wall – weakening the ability of the US to continue its wanton killing to the benefit of the Saudis under Nixon’s petrodollar agreement, which still stands today and, in the minds of US investors and financial policy makers, is the only thing standing in the way of collapse. Thus the dollar is supported not by economic or financial means but by a sophisticated political means that makes the US a slave of the Saudis and their Wahhabism/Salafism/Takfirism.
When the Chinese opened their yuan-denominated oil futures market, that was a steel panel in the financial component of the wall – representing the first step in neutralizing the effectiveness of the US-Saudi agreement that obliges the US to bow to Saudi caprices, including the missionary campaign to promote Wahhabism and its attendant terror – even while pretending to wage the “war on terror.”
These two factors, acting in tandem, have the combined effect of blocking US aggression militarily and, at the same time, rendering US aggression as a tool for propping up a dying dollar ineffective and superfluous.
When the average US American finds out that the US is part of the multipolar world envisioned by Putin, they will eventually come to terms with the fact that their nation can no longer bully the rest of the world.
They will then be surprised to learn that life goes on just the same and that they can coexist even with the hideous monster called peace.
Sick strongman of the world: