RussiaOctober 4 2022, 12:31 pm

Article Posted by Dutch Far Right Political Party Leader Blames US for Pipeline Sabotage, Published by US Institute Comprised of “Anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Dictator Lovers.”

The Ron Paul Insti­tute for Peace and Pros­per­i­ty (RPIPP) has pub­lished an arti­cle writ­ten by john Laugh­land, the direc­tor of the Forum for Democ­ra­cy Inter­na­tion­al, an arm of the Dutch far-right polit­i­cal par­ty known as the FvD. The arti­cle, titled “The Amer­i­cans Did It” attempts to cast doubt on the idea that the Rus­sians were like­ly behind the recent sus­pect­ed sab­o­tage of the Nord­stream 2 gas pipelines and redi­rect blame onto the Unit­ed States:

Sep­tem­ber 29, 2022 In his remark­able book, The Psy­chol­o­gy of Totaitar­i­an­ism, the Flem­ish psy­chol­o­gist Math­ias Desmet explains how col­lec­tive psy­chosis can cause peo­ple to lose their crit­i­cal fac­ul­ties. He cites a famous exper­i­ment in which a per­son can be made to say that one line on a dia­gram is the same length as anoth­er, when in fact it is longer, if sev­en or eight actors have pre­tend­ed to come to the same con­clu­sion before him. Desmet is writ­ing main­ly about the coer­cive psy­chosis of Covid. But the same argu­ments apply to the cur­rent col­lec­tive psy­chosis about Rus­sia. For years and decades now, we have been fed hor­ror sto­ries about Rus­sia. These have of course only increased in inten­si­ty since the inva­sion of Ukraine. We have now reached a sit­u­a­tion in which entire sec­tions of the media, and their respec­tive nation­al gov­ern­ments, claim to believe things which are sim­ply impos­si­ble. The lat­est exam­ple is the appar­ent sab­o­tage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Rus­sia has been imme­di­ate­ly blamed but the accu­sa­tion is not cred­i­ble, for the fol­low­ing rea­sons. I defy any per­son endowed with nor­mal crit­i­cal fac­ul­ties to show the opposite.

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The RPIPP web­site describes itself as an “edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion” that “con­tin­ues and expands Dr. Paul’s life­time of pub­lic advo­ca­cy for a peace­ful for­eign pol­i­cy and the pro­tec­tion of civ­il lib­er­ties at home.” How­ev­er, a 2017 US media report says the RIPIPP is a new ‘insti­tute’ for ‘peace’ com­prised of anti-Semi­tes, 9/11 truthers, and dic­ta­tor lovers. The Dai­ly Beast arti­cle goes on to char­ac­ter­ize the RIPIPP posi­tions on Rus­sia as follows:

In addi­tion, the BHHRG reg­u­lar­ly advo­cates posi­tions that regur­gi­tate Russ­ian nation­al­ist talk­ing points, min­i­mize xeno­pho­bic and illib­er­al atti­tudes preva­lent in the for­mer East­ern bloc, or excuse author­i­tar­i­an ten­den­cies. Its web­site, for instance, claims that the Baltic repub­lic of Latvia was “incor­po­rat­ed” into the Sovi­et Union, not vio­lent­ly invad­ed by Stal­in (who sent over 100,000 Lat­vians to the gulag) and occu­pied for near­ly half a cen­tu­ry, all of which is a “myth.” Daniel McAdams, Paul’s erst­while con­gres­sion­al for­eign-pol­i­cy advis­er and the new exec­u­tive direc­tor of his insti­tute, who has “mon­i­tored” elec­tions for the BHHRG, pub­lished an arti­cle for Rockwell’s web­site refer­ring to Lukashenko’s “author­i­tar­i­an­ism” in scare quotes.

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The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed ear­li­er that Laugh­land is a British nation­al and con­spir­a­cy the­o­rist with close ties to Rus­sia and who recent­ly spoke at a Hun­gar­i­an edu­ca­tion facil­i­ty asso­ci­at­ed with the gov­ern­ment of Hun­gar­i­an Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Orbán, Rus­si­a’s clos­est part­ner in the EU. We also report­ed ear­li­er that Forum for Democ­ra­cy Inter­na­tion­al had post­ed “a peti­tion for afford­able ener­gy in the EU” seek­ing an end to EU sanc­tions on Rus­sia for its inva­sion of Ukraine.


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