The dominance of the West in communications cannot be overemphasized. As we read what the West says about Russia, we all need to do so with a large dose of salt. The United States has been gripped by Russo-phobia for a very long time.
Ironically, President Donald Trump was poised to change this perception, but he has gone about it in a bull in a China shop fashion.
There are several other issues connected to this, so that a simple repositioning of its Russia policy is now in a quagmire because too many people seem to have lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as to what really was the position of President Trump and his associates before and during the election.
The conventional wisdom is that people lie in order to cover something up. What are President Trump and his people trying to hide? Russia is a victim, a pariah of U.S. media myopia. Did Russia intervene in the U.S. election? We in Africa should know how the West interferes in our elections. The U.S. and the rest of the West have for decades, been doing this and is not about to stop.
The United States claims that Russia is an existential threat to it. How so? Let’s look at the facts. The U.S. intelligence community, as well as that of European, believes that Russia interfered with the elections in the United States and Europe.
The evidence they produce is that this was done through cyber-attacks and adverts on the internet aimed at discrediting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump who had unofficial contacts with the Trump campaign.
Basically, the quarrel between Russia and the U.S. is geopolitical. The U.S. through NATO, has surrounded all of Russia including the sensitive northern countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with military weapons.
The West overthrew a pro-Russian President in Ukraine with over half its population being Russians. Russian protected itself by occupying Crimea whose population is almost all Russian and is supporting the breakup of Ukraine.
The West influenced the International Community to impose severe sanctions on Russia on the Ukrainian question. That conflict is not likely to end soon.
Russia had reached out to Donald Trump’s campaign team to convince them to lift sanctions against Russia due to the latter’s failure to comply with the Minsk Accord. In March this year Vladimir Putin would stand for election. Will the US not intervene?
The Russian ambassador, like all good ambassadors, was coordinating efforts at lifting the sanctions against his country. It reached out to the most likely candidate to give Russia what it wants.
These were Trump’s acolytes who wished also to make money out of the rapprochement. His National Security Adviser Gen. Flynn, his campaign manager and his deputy, his son-in-law Louis Jared Kushner, his son Don Trump and Mr. Trump himself told the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not to pursue the issue of his campaign and probable collusion with Russia prior to the election.