The opinion of “the times” of misinformation and confusion in the United States: the plot against America (The Times, UK)

In the court of world public opinion in a democratic country is initially a disadvantage. Because they have an open society, independent judiciary and a free press, their many flaws, failures and injustices are subjected to scrutiny. Police brutality in Minneapolis has caused unrest across the country and brought to the fore racial tensions that make up the historical injustice of American society. Autocratic States quickly took advantage of these events to their advantage.

China, Russia and Iran are already engaged in aggressive spread of misinformation about the coronavirus and about the alleged culpability of the United States in a global pandemic. Among the baseless allegations China has been the assertion that the coronavirus is an American biological weapons. Now, these States began to condemn the United States for race relations and civil unrest. Western democracies need to understand what is at stake in this propaganda campaign, and be ready to stand up to her by diplomatic means and methods of soft power, providing a global audience reliable and accurate information.

It is in any case does not detract from the terrible death of George Floyd at the hands of police last week and can’t justify seditious statements of the President of trump on this issue. Such a propaganda campaign in any way is disgusting. Conductive state brutally persecuted ethnic and religious minorities, suppress internal opposition, and conducted an expansionist foreign policy. Those strict limitations they impose on information about their own society, in sharp contrast with detailed coverage of the unrest in the United States with those crazy conspiracy theories that they put forward and strongly encouraged.

For example, the Chinese state media is very poor coverage of the mass demonstrations in Hong Kong against the adoption of draconian national security laws. However, they always show scenes of unrest in the United States, and for some strange reason, blame the violence of agitators from Hong Kong, allegedly infiltrated into the ranks of the protesters. American society for decades with pain explores the “original sin” of the Republic, as slavery, segregation and racism. At the same time, such soul-searching is completely absent in the Chinese campaign of repression against Uighurs.

The state propaganda machine of Iran in the last days constantly voiced declarations of solidarity with the “American people” and urged Washington to “stop the violence” against him. Such hypocrisy is beyond the scope. In November, Iran started the mass demonstrations because of rising fuel prices, but they were brutally suppressed, and hundreds of people were killed.

The Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs protesting against the police action in Minneapolis, but don’t even think about a continuous campaign of assassinations, pursued by the Putin regime. Kremlin destroys the critics inside the country and abroad, including encroaching and actually killing dissidents in Britain with the use of radioactive materials and toxic substances nervously-paralytic action.

Western countries have been in this position in the past. In 1950-e years the American society mired in the insane paranoia of McCarthyism that poisoned the lives of many innocent American patriots and creating a generous culture medium for Soviet propaganda. But today we know that Soviet agents actually introduced to public life in the West, and that a Communist society was a model of repression and failures. Democratic States must always remain vigilant, struggling with their own flaws. They must maintain confidence and not to accept tyranny.