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Snyder at CSIS: “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History and the West’s Options

December 12, 2014

Summary: An interesting presentation from the academic Timothy Snyder on the Russia/Ukraine conflict that attracts trolling unintentionally designed to prove his point.

Snyder talk at CSISAn interesting and thought-provoking presentation from the Eastern Europe historian Timothy Snyder here on Youtube which is worth watching.  Half of it is the presentation and the rest Q&A.  He gives his assessment of Russian strategy, tactics and the underpinning ideology behind Russia’s actions in relation to Ukraine, which he see as part of a wider attack on the unity of Western Europe.  With presumably unintentional irony, his thoughts on the aggressive use of the media and propaganda during this conflict are more or less proved straight away by the comments posted on the Youtube site hosting this talk, in which his considered and articulately presented argument (whether you agree with it or not) is vilified as:

“pro-Western propaganda”…”pile of horseshit”…”waste of time.  State propaganda paid for by Pentagon”.

Most tragic-comic of all, given Mr Snyder’s recent academically acclaimed work “Bloodlands” (full disclosure: I have only read the preface so far, but I know that Daniel Lazare hates it) that looked at the atrocities by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe during the 1930s and 1940s was the critique:

“zionazi drivel of the worst kind…”.

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