JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HOW A GENUINE FACT USED IN ISOLATION CAN BE PROPAGANDA JUST AS SURELY AS A COMPLETELY MADE-UP TALE – A BIT MORE ON RUSSIA AND UKRAINE IN THE KERCH STRAIT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Crimea: Video shows alleged Russian ship ram Ukrainian tugboat in Black Sea as tensions rise”

 

The video in isolation only shows how carefully selected facts can become propaganda just as surely as outright fabrications.

The Russians have never tried to hide the fact of the ramming. So, what is your point?

And why did they ram? Because the Ukrainians refused to respond to the directions of Russian Border Services, and their presence was illegal.

This is no small thing because some Ukrainian politicians have publicly called for the bridge to be blown up.

I suppose Russia could have responded to the threat the way Israel does week after week, just shooting people in cold blood who have never even set foot on Israeli territory.

I actually think the Russians handled this well. No one was killed or seriously hurt.

As it turned out, there was a supply of serious weapons aboard the ships and there were several members of the Ukrainian security service aboard.

Not exactly an innocent little mistake, for sure.

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