Costs Too Much

N was curious about what the chief Russian propagandist and a major TV star Solovyov was saying in his most recent shows about Russia’s war against Ukraine. He watched a bunch of shows and was very surprised to see that Ukraine was mentioned infrequently and with very little feeling. The main target of Solovyov’s vitriol was Western Europe and the US.

This is not new. By the end of the 1990s the anti-US propaganda in Russia was enormously stronger than during the Soviet era. In the Soviet era, almost nobody believed it. In late 1990s, people started to believe. After 30 years of hearing truly horrid things about us on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that Russians hate us with an all-abiding passion.

This is why, to people who complain that supporting Ukraine costs the US too much money, I always respond that it will be more expensive when Russia nukes New York. It would have cost cheaper to prevent that if Obama did what Biden is doing today back in 2014. Every year you let pass without doing anything about this tumor that Russia has become, the deadlier it gets. We can pout and “yeahbut” it to death but reality can’t be argued away.

7 thoughts on “Costs Too Much

  1. Have you heard of this new book? Hope Russians start downloading it.

    «Нас наебали, простите». Десантник Павел Филатьев участвовал во вторжении в Украину, а потом написал об этом антивоенную книгу и уехал из России

    33-летний десантник Павел Филатьев стал известен в начале августа, когда журналисты опубликовали отрывки из его автобиографической повести ZOV. Участник штурма Херсона резко критиковал армейское командование, называл вторжение в Украину бессмысленным и преступным, писал о мародерстве и нехватке обезболивающих в полевых госпиталях. После того как Филатьев уехал из России, «Медиазона» поговорила с ним о его книге, войне и ожиданиях от будущего, когда солдаты вернутся домой.

    https://zona.media/article/2022/08/19/filatyev?fbclid=IwAR2jh7WnOs5HoNxSbsBg2i3bwxgfIYXV_5kWv9gUsZV0-X-nz96Dn11WOp0

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  2. Sounds like a horrible work environment:

    // By the way, this particular physician told me that the HR department at his hospital monitored their social media accounts, looking for wrongthink. He said that if he didn’t have a social media account, that would cause HR to flag him as a potential problem. So he kept his account up, but only put happy-clappy “wellness” things on it. This man is a top doctor at one of the country’s biggest hospitals, and he has to live in that kind of fear. Why doesn’t he quit? Because he has a family, and tuition to pay, and all the usual reasons. The other day in Vienna, I talked to a young Muslim from Canada, a man who works in IT. We agreed that the Canadian government is insane, and that trans ideology is destroying children and families. “Why don’t people stand up?” he said. I asked him if he would stand up, knowing that it would probably cost him his job. He thought for a second, and said, no, he guesses that he wouldn’t.

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/trans-totalitarianism-time-for-moral-panic/

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    1. A top doctor who lives in fear of the HR needs urgent psychological help.

      There’s a lot of burnout in medical professions and people go loopy if they don’t take meticulous care of their mental state.

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      1. Agreed. You’re far more likely to be fired for these reasons if you’re anything other than a doctor. Particularly if you’re well-known in your field.

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        1. Imagine: a top doctor being fired because he doesn’t have a social media account. What sense does it make?

          “We have to cancel all surgeries this month because HR fired Dr Jackson for not having an Instagram account” happened nowhere in real life.

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