Tuesday, September 9, 2014

‘Hollywood techniques used to create pretext for war between Ukraine and Russia’ — RT Op-Edge

It is very suspicious there are no facts or proof of the activities Russia is blamed for in Ukraine, areas that are subjected to a high level of surveillance by satellites and all kinds of technology, author and media analyst Daniel Schechter told RT.

RT: The UN says it cannot prove there are Russian troops on Ukrainian soil - but media outlets seem to be more then eager to report such allegations. Why is that?

Daniel Schechter: Every journalist likes to know what the facts here are so we can determine, what is actually happening. And instead what we see here are claims which do not seem to have underlying facts. As a consequence, the President of Ukraine is calling this an invasion and then he said “I’m not calling this an invasion, it’s a sort of incursion, and there are troops here.” But there has been very little evidence of that. There was one really remarkable image that I saw: a soldier of the Ukrainian army who said “I believe there were Russian troops there. Can I prove it?” and then he put his fingers like zero – “I can’t prove it.”

There seems to be a narrative that's fighting to be born here, with no facts that are at least convincing to prove it. Namely that there is a Russian invasion going on and of course everyone is acting as if there is. NATO is having a big meeting and they are acting as if it is, the New York Times and other news outlets are basically suggesting that it is, with some of the reporters who have run grainy pictures of so-called Russian soldiers in the east of Ukraine with the very same journalists which had images of WMD’s [weapons of mass destruction] in Iraq years ago that turned out not to be true.

There is a lot of propaganda here, and certainly very little fact. I keep feeling that I’m watching a re-run of the movie “Wag the dog,” where a pretext is created for a war based on a kind of Hollywood technique. If it is true – show me, prove it. To my knowledge, at this recent meeting of the UN Security Council there was no proof really produced, there was no documentation. You have got to remember that this area is now subjected to a high level of surveillance by satellites and all kinds of technology, so you would imagine that if the US was able to come up with “facts” on the ground or proof, they would cite it, they would show it but they haven’t yet. And that is what makes some of this very suspicious and certainly has taken an informed debate and made it a speculative debate.

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