Russia has been the boogie man of U.S. foreign policy for well over a century. Czarist Russia was a European outlier, while the Soviet Union was a political and military threat for years. Today Russia remains a threat to the west even while many look for closer ties. Russia has used its intelligence services to spread disinformation and to cause discord in rival nations for many years. While historically it has been most successful in Europe, especially Britain, its most recent success has been in the United States. Its success was not the election of Donald Trump, since it goes back much farther than that, but in the ability to disrupt American society.
In his book “Disinformation…” The former chief of Romanian intelligence, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, casts aside the curtain of Soviet intelligence operations that begun years ago and continues to this day. Of interest today was activity in 1996 that can be traced to the Kremlin. In March of 1996 the National Council of Churches and the Center for Democratic Renewal held a joint press conference to condemn the “huge increase” in arson attacks against black churches. In June 1996, President Clinton proposed a new federal task force to investigate recalling from his youth in Arkansas racist attacks against black churches. By July 1996, accounts of attacks had snowballed with which the Center for Democratic Renewal said a well-organized white-supremacist movement was behind the attacks. Clinton signed a law making church arson a federal crime and a spending bill to combat the attacks. The problem was that following an investigation by the National Fire Protection Association it was revealed that not only were there fewer church fires than usual they could not confirm any had been racially motivated. To add, there had been no church burnings in Arkansas during Clintons’ childhood. From his book:
“The clue to understanding the significance of the black church arson hoax lies in the documented fact that the World Council of Churches, which ignited and promoted that story, has been infiltrated and ultimately controlled by Russian intelligence since 1961. The Mitrokhin Archive, a voluminous collection of Soviet foreign intelligence documents smuggled out of the Soviet Union in 1992, provides the identities and Soviet intelligence code names of many Russian Orthodox priests dispatched over the years to the World Council of Churches for the specific purpose of influencing the politics and decisions of that body.”“Disinformation,” by Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa.
Over the years Russia has continued to train Americans to distrust both their government and each other. They are, in fact, very accomplished in putting out disinformation. Two things that is needed to make a disinformation campaign successful is that it has a kernel of truth. Yes there are white supremacists in the U.S. Most people understand that white-supremacists are a small minority of the population, but reading some of the news reports it would appear that the majority of whites harbor those racist viewpoints. For those who may not fall for this false narrative a new term must be coined – “white-privilege.”
White-privilege or white skin privilege by definition states that if you are white in America you have a special advantage in society. The kernel of truth (or basis) is that for generations the top rungs of society have been held by whites. The facts show however that the gap has been closing for the last couple of generations and will continue to close. The fact also remains that there are far more whites who live a middle-class existence, living paycheck to paycheck, than the term white privilege would lead you to believe. Now we come to disinformation.
Where did the construct of white-privilege begin? Replace “class” with “white” and we see we are in fact speaking of class-privilege and ultimately class warfare. We are back to the favorite topic of Marx, Lenin and the Kremlin. To call it class struggle would not have been accepted, but to exploit any animus between the races could be made to be seen as good and noble.
A former KGB archivist with the First Chief Directorate, Vasili Mitrokhin, defected in 1992 and brought a trove of KGB documents to the United Kingdom (UK). With these documents Mitrokhin wrote two books co-authored by British historian Christopher Andrew. The books discussed a number of activities with which the KGB hoped to topple the West, amongst these were efforts to inflame racial tensions in hopes of causing a race war in the U.S.
In 1984, another KGB defector, Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenoz, gave an interview to G. Edward Griffin that told of a long-range KGB plan to defeat the West through ideological subversion. While Griffin is a well know conspiracy theorist and must be taken with a grain of salt, much of what Bezmenoz said 36 years ago must be accepted as, if not altogether true, at least prescient. He called it the great brainwashing of America and defined ideological subversion as:
“What it basically means is to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.”
This does seem to be were we as a country are.
The first part of Pacepa’s book is called “Glorifying the Guilty, Framing the Innocent.” Which brings us to the present, the Russian Collusion gambit. In their behind the scenes “tell all” book, authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen tell us that Hillary Clinton, within hours of her loss to Trump, placed the blame on Russian meddling, and the press took the bait. As stated, we need a kernel of truth – that Russian has interfered with elections – and a compliant press, for disinformation campaigns to work. The Left, by this time, needed little to convince itself that the Right was intent on taking over. To once again quote from Pacepa:
“By 2008, in the United States itself, some leaders of the Democratic Party even began describing their own country as a “decaying, racist, capitalist realm,” unable to provide medical care for the poor or rebuild its crumbling schools.”“Disinformation”
For the last two years the left and a compliant press has undermined the foundations of this country and have done everything in their power to glorify the guilty and frame the innocent. We know the Kremlin has had a hand in all of this, but we have failed to understand the reason. Maybe Putin wanted Trump to win, but would not have cared much if Clinton had won either. The fabric of the country was beginning to rip and who ever was in charge was immaterial. Today we see a Congress unable to govern and with a split congress we face total paralysis.
We see today the rise of young old socialist politicians mouthing the words of a political system that has failed wherever it was tried. We see a rise in anti-Semitism and the mindless protection of these true racists with a constant barrage of statements calling the other side racist or any other name they can think of. To put it another way – the press is glorifying the guilty and condemning the innocent.
The problem is that whatever the KGB started, and that Russia continues today, the momentum continues and all Russia need do is to prod a little. This is what is most dangerous. The political leadership of the country has become mindless automatons. Playing to an ideological constant rather than looking to govern. It has taken generations to shape and mold the current crisis. The question is how quickly it can be fixed. We need to look at true educational reform and teach unvarnished history, warts and all, to the upcoming generations. Russia is dangerous and will continue to be so until we face the truth and reject the propaganda.