Letter by Roger Annis to Globe and Mail columnist Elizabeth Renzetti, August 5, 2017
August 5, 2017
Hello Ms Renzetti,
Thank you for the reference in your column today of “possible Russian interference” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the operative word being “possible”. [Is Donald Trump winning his war on reality?, Globe and Mail subscribers only.] You will know that for most Western media, there is no “possible”; the accusation is treated as proven fact, though it is anything but.
Globe and Mail editors apparently know the real ‘truth’ in the election interference story. Their editorial of July 10 explained:
… And on the issue of Russian hacking of the U.S. election, on Sunday Mr. Trump tweeted this: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.”
Democrats and Republicans alike were incredulous; it was like sitting down with the guy who burgled your house and asking if he could help with setting up your home alarm system…
No wonder growing numbers of people mistrust the anti-Russia Western media, be they Donald Trump supporters or not.
I despise Donald Trump and all that he represents. I am very disappointed in the people who naively believe that Trump wants peace and reconciliation with Russia. His actions speak much louder than his vague words on relations with Russia, which I believe to purposely sow confusion and disarray. But I also despise those who are beating the drums of war against Russia and serving up ‘possible’ Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election to further their cause.
Globe editors are in the front ranks of the war crowd, as their editorial of July 10 makes clear once again. The government in Ottawa is helping to lead the charge with its military training mission in Ukraine. The Canadian government and military are directly complicit in the ongoing killings of civilians and destruction of their property in Donbass (eastern Ukraine).
John Pilger is correct in explaining in his latest article where all the anti-Russia propaganda and hysteria is headed: How the world may end, in Consortium News, Aug 4, 2017. Your very moving column today on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima makes its own stark warning in this regard. I am pleased that you remind the reader of the shameful boycott by Canada of the historic vote of the UN General Assembly on July 7, 2017 for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Speaking of Consortium News, the feature articles by its founder and publisher, Robert Parry, should be on the reading list of any serious journalist in Canada. I draw your attention to his two latest articles:
Neocons leverage Trump-hate for more wars, August 5, 2017
and, A blacklisted film and the new cold war, Aug 2, 2017
It’s too bad that Globe editors have chosen the Russia-truther Sarah Kendzior instead of Mr. Parry as a regular guest columnist on U.S. politics. But this is to be expected given the editors’ political and foreign policy agenda.
My own recent commentary on Russia truthers in Canada and the damage they are causing is here:
 Although I value the new article by John Pilger, which is being widely reprinted, I do not share his view that Donald Trump “has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.” No citation from Trump is provided to prove this assertion. Since when do U.S. politicians such as Trump bent on a course to war with perceived rivals (Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela) claim anything but a desire for peace?
“Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.”
Gosh, the most powerful empire the world has ever known taken out by unidentified Russian mobsters. Who knew? But is something being overlooked; surely, aliens must have a hand in all this, too?