Mark Taliano is the author of Voices from Syria and a frequent contributor to GlobalResearch.org.
Second hour: Why does the Western mainstream incessantly demonize Putin and Russia? Guy Mettan's Creating Russophobiaoffers a detailed and convincing answer. Mettan begins by listing the many incidents and issues that have been wildly misreported (with massive anti-Russia spin at best, outright lies at worst) in the West. Having established the existence of such strong prejudice against Russia, he argues that the roots of this unfortunate attitude go back roughly 1,000 years. Like Islamophobia, Russophobia is an age-old Western prejudice with a religious basis: It goes all the way back to the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western Christianity. And like Islamophobia, Russophobia seems to stem from a certain narrow-mindedness, fanaticism, refusal to see the Other's point of view, and desire for absolute domination that lurks in the dark heart of that imaginary construct we call "the West."
Today, Mettan argues, the modern histories of French, German, and British Russophobias have converged in, and been subsumed by, an American-dominated Russophobia whose hallmark is a kind of Orwellian "cognitive manipulation" based on linguistic subterfuge. This US-led demonization of Russia via newspeak, Mettan says, uses "readymade language elements" such as those laid out in the notorious "Israel Project 2009. Global Language Dictionary," a hasbara manual for Zionist propagandists.
Is there any hope for peaceful coexistence with Russia, given the Russophobic forces currently in command? Perhaps...if we make an all-out effort to amplify the voices of sanity. Guy Mattan's is one of the most important of those voices.