One lesson I have learned in my life is that I truly don't know what I don't know.
And that's exactly where I think we all find ourselves when it comes to the events taking place in Ukraine. We've seen the pictures of devastation. We've heard heartbreaking accounts from the Ukrainian people and the terror they are experiencing. We all want to know exactly what is happening and WHY.
But...we can't know. Not at this point in time.
We're on the periphery of everything that's happening--and all we "know" is what we're being told by others. Here's a fascinating article showing that even those living right in the midst of the chaos are mixed in their views, perspectives, and understanding as to what's really going on. One statement, in particular, stood out for me: "We're already used to the government and media lying to us in Ukraine, and most people don't even react anymore."
Daily, more and more people around the world are awakening to the realization that the media and governments have hidden agendas. Can we trust what they're telling us? No. We've already seen how they deliberately misled us about COVID-19. Scientists, doctors and journalists presenting information that questions the "approved" narrative have been cancelled and censored. We just found out that the CDC has been withholding COVID-19 data and data on boosters because they felt we might misinterpret it. (Translation: We can't handle the truth.) Medical experts lie directly to Congress. And we’ve been misled the same way when it comes to geopolitical issues--remember the four years we were pounded relentlessly about the non-existent Trump-Russia collusion??
So why would we think things are different this time? They're not. A lot of what we see is absolute media manipulation and pure, unadulterated propaganda.
The global media wants us to believe that Russia is the ruthless aggressor. Maybe that's true. But, a lot of this conflict began in 2009 when Ukrainian leaders and Western powers began considering Ukraine for membership in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). This action put Russia in a very threatened position and most of their actions in the region can be traced back to that decision, including the annexing of Crimea in 2014. Since 2014, according to the U.S. State Department, the United States has contributed cash and weaponry totaling more than $5.4 billion to Ukraine. The State Department goes on to say, that "the United States provided three sovereign loan guarantees totaling $3 billion. and contributed over $351 million to support life-saving assistance to persons displaced or otherwise impacted by Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine."
BUT. Here is a 3-minute video that gives a completely different perspective from what we are being told. (Disclaimer: I was not able to identify the man speaking in this video. To avoid censorship, names and links are not being shared on social media. I actually recorded this video and the one at the end of this blog post on my phone and uploaded them as "unlisted" videos on my own personal channel.)
Imagine how the U.S. would react if Russia or China placed offensive weapons in Mexico and began pouring billions of dollars into the region. I'm pretty sure the U.S. wouldn't be quiet about it. Many of us can remember vividly the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when the U.S. and Russia were in a tense standoff about Russia installing nuclear missiles in Cuba. So, is Russia overreacting about their borders being threatened? I don't know.
What else don't we know? Could there be other underlying reasons for Russia's attack on Ukraine? Here are some theories that carry some validity, but are they true? I don't know.
Is Russia attacking Ukraine to take over Ukraine's massive cryptocurrency mining capabilities?
Is Russia going after U.S. bioweapons labs on it borders? Look at records of U.S. disbursements for the building of biolabs in Ukraine here, here and here. This link leads directly to the U.S. Embassy's construction of a Biological Threat Reduction Program in Ukraine. On April 23, 2020, the US Embassy in Ukraine acknowledged that there are biological laboratories in Ukraine that are under the control of the Pentagon. (Curiously, it appears that links to documents within the article have been removed.)
Is Russia's attack on Ukraine motivated by religion?
Does Russia see a golden opportunity to seize territory because Putin views Western leaders as weak?
Does Putin want information on the corruption of the Obama/Biden administration? Remember Hunter Biden and the shady business deals with Burisma? Remember Joe Biden bragged that he had a Ukrainian prosecutor fired who was investigating Hunter Biden (video)?
Does Russia want to expose to the world that a president took office amidst charges of family corruption and shady business dealings with the very country connected to interfering in the election that put him in the White House? (Remember that the simple act of Donald Trump phoning the President of Ukraine and asking him to look into Ukrainian interference in the election and Biden family corruption triggered an impeachment?)
Does Russia want to use the information on corruption for blackmail or to bring down an administration? It would certainly be the biggest propaganda coup ever.
Are any of these things likely? I don't know. Are they possible? I don't know.
But, with all this as a backdrop, let's look at some examples of how the media is spreading propaganda and fake news and using it to stoke fear and advance an agenda.
This from Fox News:
(Look closely at their weapons. What is the maximum effective range of a cardboard AK-47?)
And this picture of Ukrainian President Zelensky decked out in combat gear inspecting the front lines:
Have you heard the reports of the heroic Ukrainian fighter pilot who shot down six Russian fighters? The story was tweeted out by the former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. He said in his tweet, "In the photo – the MiG-29 pilot. The same “Ghost of Kiev”.
It causes terror in enemies and pride in Ukrainians.
He has 6 victories over Russian pilots!
With such powerful defenders, Ukraine will definitely win!"
The problem is that the story is fake.
And here's Twitter at its best:
And this from the front page of the UK Guardian--the same woman appeared in an article about a 2018 Ukrainian gas explosion:
Even a U.S. Congressman spread misinformation. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted this photo in support of Ukraine. The problem? It's six years old:
And here's one that says that a CNN Ukraine news correspondent was the first American killed in the fighting. The problem? He was also killed in Afghanistan:
Even U.S. intelligence agencies are warning about the use of "deepfake" audio and video. FBI Cyber Division Unit Chief, Pranav Shah, said deepfakes are "audio, video, text and images that are created to show something that didn't necessarily happen, or never occurred."
If you want to see how easy it is to manipulate your emotions with a video, watch this 35-second clip that show's exactly how its done with today's readily-available software. This is why you should question EVERYTHING:
My point here is not to minimize in any way the human tragedy we see unfolding around us. Members of my family have close friends and ties in the Ukraine. We all probably know someone of Russian or Ukrainian descent that is impacted in some way and has their own story to tell.
My point IS to say that we can't believe anything we are being told by the media. The US media is corrupt. The Russian media is corrupt. The Ukrainian media is corrupt. The global media is corrupt.
One thing I DO know for sure is that the globalists are thriving on the chaos. The ensuing catastrophe will only benefit them.
Finally, I close with this 6-minute video that resonated strongly with me. I have no information about the speaker in the video. All I can say is that the historical events he relates are true, and he is passionate. (Caution: There is one isolated instance of foul language, but his use of it punctuates his passion.)
The bottom line is that we don't know--and CAN'T know--what's really going on "out there" in the world. GOD only knows. All we can do is hold the vision of peace in our own hearts and do our best to stay out of fear. Pray. Be grateful. Be kind.
A new, awakened world is dawning.
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."
-Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense
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