There is a common thread appearing from the establishment left as the Ukraine crisis unfolds — everyone who opposes US intervention in Ukraine is a "Russian sympathizer puppet of Vladimir Putin."
This is a page directly out of the neocon war manual used to demonize anyone who doesn't support the US war machine and it's getting old.
Those old enough to recall, remember a time during the build up to the Iraq war in which the phrase "you're either with us, or you're with the terrorists," was oft repeated by the neocon Republican war hawks. Because 9/11 was fresh in the minds of Americans, many folks actually believed this nonsense that if you opposed the US war machine, you are a terrorist.
After decades of senseless wars in which thousands of Americans died and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were slaughtered — only then did Americans learn they made a mistake.
One particularly loud voice who stood up against the wars decades ago was Cenk Uygur, who began lashing out in the early 2000s at HuffPo. Uygur's loud antiwar voice propelled him to a show on MSNBC and eventually his own show, The Young Turks.
But as many of his previous viewers likely noticed over the years, Uygur has gone full-on establishment shill. No longer does he question wars. Instead, he now ridicules others for daring to speak out and slanders entire groups of people who dare propose peaceful solutions to what could become World War 3.
Uygur, like the other militant anti-freedom war hawks in the establishment left have made it his mission over the past month to push a narrative which associates any antiwar individual with Trump-pumping MAGA-ite racists.
Uygur's sentiment began spreading like the plague it is, and ostensibly liberal voices across the social media universe began espousing similar horse manure.
Anyone who now opposes sending off the children of Americans to die in a war that could devolve into the complete annihilation of all life on Earth — is now a Jan. 6 sympathizer.
But anyone who has been paying attention since the coup that took place in the Ukraine in 2014 knows that the United States has been provoking this conflict for nearly a decade.
The fact of the matter is this — the encroachment of NATO member states increasingly surrounding Russia is a threat to their national security. For years, Putin has been saying this and for years, America's policy has been to ignore him while growing NATO and increasing that threat.
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In 2016, we reported on Putin warning the West that this was coming if the West continued to recruit member states along the Russian border only to turn around and fill them with US weapons.
It's not secret and it makes perfect sense. Yes, Putin is a tyrant and a dictator but he's not some idiot hell bent on total destruction. How would the US feel if a Russia and China alliance began recruiting nations surrounding the US like Canada and Mexico only to fill them with ballistic missiles that can strike within our borders in just minutes?
The US would consider it a threat, and rightfully so. But the left is now unconcerned with this truth. The new woke left, who has been brainwashed by "Russian collusion" conspiracy nonsense for the last 5 years has been blinded to this reality. Instead of seeking peace, their new mission is continue to go after Orange Man Bad and his puppet master in Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Highlighting the sheer delusional mindset of associating Trump as a Pro-Russian sympathizer is the fact that he attempted to kick off war with Russia while he was in office.
During his time in office, Trump—just like Obama and Biden—nearly kicked off World War III with Russia in major acts of provocation. In fact, before his Twitter was deleted, he made it a matter of public record. As Trump waged an illegal war in Syria, Russia, who was invited to be there, vowed to protect it from him. This was Trump's response.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Trump, just like Obama, then issued a slew of sanctions against Russia that set off a chain reaction of events that ultimately led to the further demise of the US dollar, the strengthening of Russia/China/Iran relations, and landed us to the point where we are today.
What's more, Trump also funneled weapons into Ukraine just like Obama did before him, and, he tried to sabotage the pipeline, long before Biden did.
Unfortunately, facts and truth are no match for the hive mind of the new warmongering left. There appears to be no middle ground and they seem willing to die on the hill of 'you are either with us, or with the terrorists.' But please, if anyone is on the fence, please, don't go down this road.
This Ukraine conflict, like all conflicts, needs to be approached with an open mind. Many on the left have embraced the same mindset the right had when waging war in Afghanistan and we saw how that turned out.
Let's not do that again, especially this time, as Russia is not a bunch of men in caves with AK-47s and suicide bombers. They have nuclear submarines that can reach our shores undetected and launch an attack before we even know it.
Peace is the only option and that only comes through seeking a lesser ignorance and always asking the question, who's the one with the most to gain?