Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Greek Elections in Hindsight: Why I'm terrified, watching history repeat itself in America
You may have noticed a few odd things about European politics these days. For that matter, you may have noticed some strange things in American politics. I know I have.
The thing that I find MOST puzzling is how so few people seem to be able to divorce themselves from ideology long enough to understand that the rise of Paneurasian Nationalism in Europe is a phenomenon of Russian influence. But even amongst those who manage to recognize this, often times even they seem to fail to understand that Russian active measures in the era of Vladislav Surkov means that Russia BACKS BOTH SIDES. It's about seizing power amidst chaos. You create a problem, exploit the problem and provide the solution, all while keeping everyone chasing their own tails.
Enter the Greek elections held in January of this year.
For those who understand the roots of Russian power and influence, it comes as little surprise that Russia was in close contact with Greece's far right.
But not too many people are aware that Russia was ALSO in close contact with Syriza.
Prior to the elections, members of Syriza and Golden Dawn attacked each other as "Communists" and "Fascists", while marginalizing the centrist candidates. The result was that Greek centrists suffered the greatest losses. One day after the elections, Syriza and Golden Dawn forged an "anti-austerity" pact. People were confused and mystified, never quite understanding what had just happened.
For those who have been paying attention, Russia repeats its strategies, over and over and over again. Look no further than the MH-17 narrative that Russia continues to peddle, this time in Turkey, here through their, um, "affiliate", The Guardian...http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/26/russia-turkey-jet-mark-galeotti. More on The Guardian, HERE.
I haven't completed my article on Bernie Sanders yet, so you'll have to settle for THIS for the moment. But I can promise you that you won't be disappointed.
As for Trump, well, see for yourself, both HERE and HERE.
One could easily argue that America's centrist candidates are their own worst enemies. That's a valid enough argument. But, as so often is the case, there's more to the story. Perhaps I can explain the cast of characters involved in "Bridgegate" at some point in the future, or detail the set of circumstances involved in the Clinton Foundation's sale of the Uranium mine to Russia.
Suffice it to say for now...not everything is always what it seems.