by Tyler Durden
If there is a European election, and the anti-establishment parties
score a stunning victory (as just happened in Italy, and a few
months prior, in Austria), who're you going to blame?
Vladimir Putin (of
Samantha Power, one of the top
diplomats in the
administration, did when she shared
an article by Spain's
El Pais newspaper about how
Russia predetermined the outcome of Sunday's election by spinning an
immigration discourse in Italy:
"Italy's joins long
list of elections influenced by Russia. Sputnik will do what
The question is:
what are our
democracies going to do about it? Will voters repudiate
candidates who seek to benefit from Russian interference?"
You see, it had nothing to do with,
the 38% youth
the record debt
the record number
of young people living with their parents
opportunities for career advancement
the sense that
everything is rigged
It was... Russia!
In fact, it is safe to assume that without Russia, and its
subversive trolls, operatives - and of course
Sputnik - western democracies would
all be one endless utopia, with no economic, social or political
disagreements, and without such central-bank created artifacts as
record wealth and income divisions resulting in unprecedented
ideological and political polarization.
* * *
The Spanish article promoted by Samantha Power was a hit
piece based on social media analysis done by a private firm,
claiming the Russian news outlet Sputnik and the almighty Russian
bots made the discourse in Italy radicalized on the issue of
obviously, cannot be genuinely unhappy to be living in a country
that also happens to be a primary destination for refugees departing
across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya and have no right to feel
betrayed by Brussels' immigration policies, which last summer
threatened Italy with the "Nuclear Option",
equating it with a B-status European nation.
But wait, the irony
is just starting:
Samantha Power has been a fervent supporter of US "humanitarian
interventions" by the military since Yugoslavia and onwards.
During her tenure
as member of the National Security Council and later
Ambassador to the UN in the Obama administration, this pretext
of sovereign intervention was used
to destroy Libya, which had served
as a buffer for irregular immigration to Europe under Muammar
Gaddafi, and which has now turned into a hotbed for people
It was also used to
justify the arming of militants
in Syria, perpetrating the war that
displaced millions of people and sent several millions Syrians
fleeing to Europe. Power advocated a direct military intervention,
Power's post has
gained plenty of angry responses, with people eager to remind Power
of numerous interventions Washington had its fingerprints on,
calling her position ‘ludicrous'.
Although you can
just ignore them:
surely they are
all surely just Russian bots doing the Kremlin's bidding...
election - just like the recent elections in Germany and Austria -
has shaken the political scene in Italy, seeing voters ditch the
ruling center-left parties and switch to anti-establishment
Euroskeptic Five-Star Movement came
out as the top individual party, winning over 32% of the vote, while
Lega Nord party outperformed
expectations, garnering over 17%.
bloc led by ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi from Italy's
Democratic Party, gained some 23
"a very clear
defeat" in the election.
Daniele De Bernardin believes that people voted for change on
Sunday, not for a particular party.
"In the last
five years we had a lot of party switching in the country. Five
Star Movement is a movement that puts together very different
people with different views," he said, adding that the party can
be viewed as a "post-ideological movement."
people together is in fact,
"a sentiment of
changing the country," he concluded.
A few hours after
his humiliating defeat, Matteo Renzi resigned.
That, of course,
was Russia's fault too...