that the governments of the US, UK, France, and Germany did not
require any evidence to decide that the Russian government used
military-grade nerve gas to attack two people on an English park
bench and a UK policeman. It makes no sense. There is no Russian motive.
The motive lies in the
West. It is the latest orchestration in the ongoing demonization of
Russia. The demonization is a huge boost to the power and profit of
the military/security complex and prevents President Trump from
normalizing relations. The military/security’s budget and power
require a major enemy, and Russia is the designated enemy and will
not be allowed to escape that assigned role.
The false accusations
against Russia are damaging the Western countries that make and
support the accusations. There has never any evidence provided for
any of the accusations. Consider them: the Malaysian airliner,
Crimea, the polonium poisoning of a Russian in the UK, Putin’s
alleged intention to restore the Soviet Empire, Russiagate and the
stealing of the US presidential election, other charges of election
theft or interference. The current Skripal poisoning. Accusations
abound, but never any evidence. Eventually even insouciant Western
peoples begin to wonder about the transformation of evidence-free
accusations into truth.
What do leaders and
peoples of the few independent and sovereign countries think when
they see a signed condemnation of Russia for poisoning a long-retired
UK double-agent without a scrap of evidence by the political heads of
the four major Western countries? What do the Chinese think? The
Iranians? The Indians? We know that the Russians are beginning to
think that they are being set up by demonization for invasion, as was
Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad, Yemen, and the attempt on Iran. It is
finally dawning on Russia that all these accusations are not some
kind of mistake that diplomacy can straighten out, but, instead, the
setting up of Russia for military attack.
This is a reckless,
irresponsible, and dangerous impression for the West to give Russia.
Some commentators, who understand the falsity of the Skripal
accusation, explain, in my view incorrectly, that UK prime minister
May orchestrated the charge in order to divert attention from her
Brexit difficulties. Others say, incorrectly, that it is an effort to
turn the Russian election against Putin. Some have concluded that
Skripal was involved in the fake “Steele dossier,” and was
silenced by Western intelligence, whether UK or US.
an astute observer, such as Moon of Alabama, has been confused by
these explanations. Nevertheless I recommend his article
which obviously was written prior to the French President, German
Chancellor, and President Trump’s endorsement of UK prime minister
May’s unsupported charges. The article shows that both US and UK
experts do not think that the alleged Russian nerve agent used in the
alleged poisoning even exists. Perhaps this is why the British
government will not agree to any tests and can supply no evidence.