Ukraine and Russia
Our educational system is admittedly horrible to the extent that we rank something like 26 or 46 in industrialized countries, but it has never been so clear as recently as the Corporate media here has indoctrinated even those with whom we are familiar and among those who have already had their "consciousness raised." Recently we had asked what the point was to repeatedly point to hypocrisy and veniality in our "capitalist" system as it seems so obvious to all except those who WILL NOT SEE, and the reply was to "raise consciousness." This seemed worthwhile to me and, certainly, healthy debate on a subject is worthwhile, but it is often necessary to repeat the basic axiom of intellectual discourse: You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. One does not simply construct facts to support ones conclusions (in sane circles, at any rate).
A basic problem of discussion recently is the ignorance of even the enlightened as to some basic facts of Eurasian history, especially as relates to Russian and Ukraine today, let alone the past 900 years or so. It is best to start small, so we confine ourselves to the past six months or so here, other than to point out that Russia has always been surrounded by its enemies, and we have been increasing that fact, while the United States enjoys a position with two Oceans separating it from any enemies (except Mexico for a short period of time and its own south, perhaps even today).
We will now cease the introduction with one more fact: the Tartars, for whom we pretended great sympathy are descendents of Genghis Khan who had invaded. Today, on the whole, they are quite happy to be included in the Russian Federation, whether it fits our own biases or not.
And finally, what does it say when someone who simply points out facts is considered a "Putin Apologist"? For one thing, Putin is not in the habit of apologizing, For another, all it can possible mean in sane circles is that the facts support an interpretation not shared by our corporate media.
Here is an interview with perhaps the only sane commentator that has appeared on any media to discuss the situation: