Kiev Goes Full ‘Dr. Strangelove’
May 18, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—More than a day after a Russian hypersonic Kinzhal missile hit Kiev’s Patriot air defense unit, after the video of the strike was made public, even after U.S. officials put out the word that the Patriot had been hit, Ukraine’s state news agency Ukrinform featured a lead article, “The Night of Downed Kinzhals Is a Loss of $120 Million for Russia, Plus Destroyed Reputation,” explaining that nothing in Kiev was hit, all six Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were destroyed along with twelve other missiles, and only some poor animals in Kiev’s zoo were scared.
Such has become standard operating procedure in Kiev these days. However, that was just the beginning. The article went to the other side of Alice’s looking glass. Not only did the hypersonic missiles not do any damage, but “the ‘Kinzhals’ ... the same missiles that Russian propagandists have been scaring the whole world with for years” are impotent. Russia claims that the Patriot system was knocked out. “But who would believe this? Only the Russian plebs. ... And the world has also seen that to be afraid of Russian blackmail with the use of such weapons is to disrespect oneself.”
Ukrinform quotes various authorities, ending with economist Sergiy Fursa, who explains that the attack was a complete disgrace for the Russian army. “The question of which technologies are stronger and whether Russian weapons are capable of competing with American systems has been put to rest. So if anyone in the Western world was still afraid of Russian weapons, now they should finally realize that there is nothing to be afraid of. And if anyone in the United States still doubted whether to give Ukraine the latest weapons, they have also received an answer.”
So, it is one thing to look the other way when one’s ally is in denial, but the argument is that, since Kiev has shown the West that there’s nothing to fear from going all the way, the failed May 16 attack is an historic game-changer. Kiev has shown the way. Damn the torpedoes (or nuclear bombs), full speed ahead!
If that were not bad enough, Fursa concludes his remarks by explaining to Kiev’s money-obsessed allies how so much money can be made by using Ukraine as the testing ground:
“Each delivery of several billion dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine will bring hundreds of billions of dollars worth of orders for American arms corporations in the future. European manufacturers also see this. And so they are also motivated to push their government to provide Ukraine with more and more modern weapons. Which will destroy the remaining myths about the power of Russian weapons.”