We must not let go of our vigilance against Putin’s propaganda


Extremes can sometimes blur our reality – instead of trusting answers we rely on, we shy away from reacting. For example, a threat on Russian state television by an aide to President Vladimir Putin to launch a missile that would sweep Ireland and Britain away in a tsunami drew very little reaction.

Day later, the Taoiseach asked for an apology. Admittedly, it wore the Bond villain seal of approval everywhere, but its menacing provocation was intentional.

The greater the losses Ukraine inflicts on Putin’s hapless invading force, the more he resorts to raising the nuclear specter.

We’ve entered a very dark place where even the strangest anomalies go largely unnoticed. Environment Secretary Eamon Ryan also belatedly described the mocked footage of the attack that devastated Ireland as “disturbing” and “a disgrace”. “In what world would that be considered appropriate?” he asked.

The Russian ambassador also deserves a diplomatic ear for the episode.

As the war enters its 70th day today, we are beginning to assimilate the utterly unacceptable.

Later in the day, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will outline the bloc’s sixth package of sanctions. Nobody is pretending that this financial bottleneck will stop Putin. However, the hope is that it will weaken its ability to do greater damage.

But even on this issue, Europe has struggled to find unanimity. Germany saw fit again to warn the EU that consumers should brace for a major economic hit and higher energy prices.

Berlin said it was ready to back an embargo on Russian oil to punish Moscow for its war on Ukraine, but wanted everyone to know it would hurt. At the same time, Ukrainians are paying with their lives, and there are concerns in many European capitals about how oil and gas embargoes will hit their pockets. In Kyiv, as they intensify their
In order to be accepted into the community of the EU, they must also ask themselves, does this former “community” really only value the price of everything and the value of nothing? According to the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air, EU countries have paid Russia more than 47 billion euros for gas and oil since invading Ukraine.

This money will further Moscow’s malicious intentions. There is no doubt that the Kremlin is arming the fear of nuclear war to manipulate countries into connivance.

Matthew Fuhrmann, who co-wrote the 2017 book with Todd Sixer Nuclear weapons and forced diplomacyexplained in a recent interview how they documented 19 incidents of nuclear threats in the post-WWII era.

These include Soviet leaders like Nikita Khrushchev, who told the then US Ambassador in 1959: “The West seems to forget that a few Russian missiles could destroy all of Europe.”

Just because nuclear weapons have been around for 70 years doesn’t make them any less dangerous, especially when in the hands of an increasingly unpredictable autocrat. We must not let go of our vigilance against Putin’s propaganda

Fry Electronics Team

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