U.S. and NATO Allies Blockade Russia’s Economy, Then Blame Russia for World Hunger

Friday, 27 May, 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Can Russia be possibly portrayed as any more evil and monstrous than that, as per Western propaganda narratives of Russophobia?

In an incredible feat of hypocrisy, the United States and European Union are accusing Russia of using food exports and global hunger as a weapon.

Just when you think you’ve heard the most absurd smear, the Western powers outdo their own perverse ranting and Russophobia.

Previously, Russia has been accused of weaponizing energy trade and mass refugee flows in waging a dastardly “hybrid war” to “undermine Western democracies”. Oh, those evil, evil Russians! Cue the James Bond villain caricatures, please.

Never mind that Russia has for decades been a reliable supplier of economical oil and gas to the European Union crucial for the bloc’s civilizational existence. Even during recent geopolitical tensions and insults, Moscow has ensured full delivery of its contracted hydrocarbon resources to drive Europe’s economies and heat European households. Russia has long invested in developing infrastructure to underpin its strategic role as an energy supplier to Europe. And yet when Russia provides even more reliable pipeline infrastructure in the form of Nord Stream 2 under the Baltic Sea it has incurred nothing but foolish and insolent accusations of using energy as a weapon. It is the United States and its lackey European governments who are using the vital resource as a weapon and politicizing economic relations for selfish strategic reasons that end up riling dangerous warlike tensions and conflict while jeopardizing the well-being of ordinary citizens.

Likewise, when Europe was facing a migration crisis in recent years from millions of displaced people fleeing to the European Union from the Middle East and North Africa, it was Moscow that ended up being accused of “weaponizing refugees”. The dislocation of millions of people from Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, among other countries, was and is directly caused by U.S.-led NATO wars. And yet again, Russia was blamed for weaponizing the phenomenal mass migration in an alleged plan to destabilize the EU. Let’s remember that it was Russia’s military intervention in support of Syria against a covert war for regime change sponsored by the U.S. and its European NATO allies that put an end to that criminal war. If the United States and its NATO accomplices had succeeded in completely destroying Syria as they had done elsewhere, it is a fair assumption that the refugee numbers flowing to Europe would have been even greater.

Russia’s alleged ability for “hybrid warfare” – is based on a thoroughly debased prejudice among Western imperial powers that is echoed in the dutiful Western propaganda system known as the “news media”. To accuse Moscow and in particular Russian President Vladimir Putin of such heinous machinations is a betrayal of the diseased minds that prevail in the Western powers, diseased by Russophobia and their imperial arrogance. There is also a large factor of guilt projection whether conscious or not. That is, the U.S. and its NATO lackeys accuse Russia of the very crimes that they have committed on a world-beating scale.

And so, we come to the latest manifestation of malignant doublethink and hypocrisy – accusing Russia of starving the world.

This week U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen both leveled the allegation that Moscow was blocking exports of wheat and other staple foods to the world market, thereby causing crippling shortages and price inflation. That, in turn, is inflicting hunger on the world, especially among food insecure poor countries. The United Nations has warned of an impending global food crisis.

Ominously, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board urged a naval intervention by the U.S. and its allies to “escort shipping” in the Black Sea. That would result in an overt escalation by NATO powers based on a disingenuous pretext: NATO goes to war to feed the world! In a similar cynical fashion to past pretexts of “protecting human rights”.

Can Russia be possibly portrayed as any more evil and monstrous than that, as per Western propaganda narratives of Russophobia?

The war in Ukraine has certainly impacted critical exports of wheat and other staple grain products. Russia and Ukraine account for about a third of the world’s supply of wheat. The Black Sea shipping of agricultural and other commodities has been disrupted since Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine on February 24, over three months ago.

But this conflict was primarily created by the U.S. and NATO policy of weaponizing the far-right Ukrainian regime to attack Russian people and destabilize Moscow. After eight years of deadly provocations, President Putin ordered an intervention to preempt the growing hostility.

If agricultural exports have been halted and world prices impacted, then the Western powers should be the ones held responsible for recklessly stoking a war in the first place. Secondly, the ports of Mariupol and Odessa have been mined by the NATO-backed regime in Kiev. This is why civilian shipping has been hampered. That amounts to criminal conduct by the NATO side, not Russia.

Thirdly, Blinken and Von der Leyen complain that Russia is deliberately with-holding exports of wheat and other foods. The fact is Russia is being subjected to economic warfare in the form of illegal and unilateral sanctions on its ability to conduct international financial transactions. Russia finds itself in an “existential challenge” from Western imperial powers who are waging a “total war” to destroy Moscow’s government. And yet, Russia is accused of not exporting food to the rest of the world.

The arrogant Western powers betray a mentality that is tantamount to a robber berating a house owner for not leaving doors and windows wide open for his convenience.

The fact is reckless Western elites have hit their own citizens and societies with unprecedented problems over migration due to their criminal wars and with spiraling living costs due to their aggravation of relations with Russia over energy and other trade. The Western ruling class are the ones waging hybrid war – against Russia, China, and others, as well as against their own populations.

If the Western powers had any concern about food security and hunger (they certainly don’t) why are they funneling weapons worth hundreds of billions of dollars and euros into Ukraine to intensify the conflict? Washington and its European vassals are deliberately thwarting any political, diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine and more widely with Russia. They are the culprits for endangering the planet, not just from mass hunger, but also from world war.

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