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Is There Russophobia In America And The West?

In the April 8th issue of the Moscow Times, a column appeared by Alexander Golts which raised the issue as to whether there is a Russiaphobia alive in America and elsewhere. The Moscow Times printed several responses to the column. We believe the comments should be noted since we discussed the issue a few weeks ago.

“Living in the United States for over 50 yers, I can confirm that very few positive comments are published in the mainstream media. The only difference is the name of the country has been changed–instead of the Soviet Union, the U.S. media now uses Russia, but the main message remains the same: Russia is always presented as an enemy. Several days ago, U.S. Senator John McCain lambasted Putin to a group of veterans and received a standing ovation. McCain is the fllow, along with some other neocons who would like to bomb Iran.”
Sergei Loutch, Kingwood, Texas

“I believe Russia’s actions in Georgia are a measured response to a decades long U.S. policy of meddling in the Balkans. The latest example of supporting independence for Kosovo is a flagrant violation of international law by dismembering Serbia.”
Anthony Chernuscheko, Ottawa

“It comes down to what questions Americans are asked. They don’t know what’s going on in the next state, let alone the rest of the world….There are so many important events going on in in the United States that Americans can’t be bothered with what is happening abroad.”
Patrick Chimes, Houston, Texas

Russophobia–The New Communist Scare Tactic?

The downfall of the Soviet Union ushered in a period in which Russia was regarded as a nation in need of America’s help in order to enter the world of democracy. America’s leaders ignored the era of kleptomania in which wealthy men stole Russia’s natural resources and the lives of ordinary people suffered under inflation and limited work. Most of the current political campaign has revolved around Iraq, Afghanistan and terrorism, but recently Senator John McCain and Senator Hillary Clinton have introduced a new Russia scare as supposedly an important foreign policy issue. McCain has made insulting remarks about President Putin of Russia and Clinton has chimed in with her own negative comments about the Russian leader. McCain supports the Bush ploy to establish missle bases in Poland and the Czech Republic as supposedly weapons in the fight against Iran.

President Bush has taken an aggressive stand against Russia by supporting the NATO applications of the Ukraine and Georgia as well as fighting to create missile bases in nations adjoining the border of Russia. One can only wonder if a nation established missile bases in Mexico on the ground they were there to protect America against Venezuelan missiles how Bush would react. Without a doubt, not very favorably.

There is no indication the American public has bought into these attempts to divert attention from Iraq, Afghanistan, the recession and the real war against militant groups.