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The useful idiots are spinning the news

25 February 2022

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On Thursday 24 February 2022, Russia started invading Ukraine despite its many denials before. Even the useful idiots cannot deny this invasion. Instead, the useful idiots are picturing Russia as the victim rather than the aggressor. This is called spinning the news. Hence, my choice of song below.

“In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders.” (Wiki)

One of those useful idiots is Donald Trump, the 45th US president. On 22 February 2022, he stated:

Trump: “I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of Ukraine, Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful,” Trump said. “So, Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ ” (eg, Guardian, People)

In my country, another useful idiot and leader of an opposition party accused the Dutch PM of war-mongering (eg, Twitter tweet). In my view, you can – indeed – accuse the Dutch PM of many things he did wrong, but not that. The spinning is in the alleged impact on energy prices. These prices went up months ago.

The weirdest thing of all is that Russians and Ukrainians are siblings. Many media consider both as brothers (eg, Carnegie-2018, DW-2014, WaPo-2014). This Russian invasion in Ukraine is like Cain killing Abel again.

A fight between brothers is, perhaps, worse than any other fight. A sibling rivalry has no reasoning; just emotions (eg, BI-2014). It did not help that the younger brother was looking for protection from other parents (ie, Ukraine aiming for NATO membership since 2002). The 2014 Crimea annexation was initial punishment.

Time will tell if the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine is more than a sibling rivalry (eg, revival of the Soviet Union). Starting a fight is easier than finishing it. Parental pressure (eg, sanctions) may no be enough.

“The family bully takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level; sibling abuse. While it’s common for families to have sibling rivalry, what stands out the most with the bully is their intent to hurt others badly, especially the family scapegoat. They can physically harm you. They will mentally torture you. In some cases, they will sexually violate you. They have evil motives to control their family members, manipulate them, and gaslight them.” Dana Arcuri, Certified Trauma Recovery Coach

A quote from her 2021 book Soul Rescue: How to Break Free From Narcissistic Abuse & Heal Trauma

Spinnin’ And Spinnin’ (Around) – 1974 – by Syreeta Wright (1946-2004)
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

[Chorus]
Spinnin’ and spinnin’ and spinnin’ around
Painting the town I’m never coming down
Spinnin’ and spinnin’ and spinnin’ around
I’m out on the town I’m never coming down

Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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