Long a servant to the grand cause of U.S. imperialism, it should come as no surprise that the New York Times would make light of the lack of celebration in Russia of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, generally agreed to have begun one hundred years ago on March 12, 1917.
The NYT’s bit of mockery is timely in other ways as well.
Currently much of the corporate U.S. media is busily fueling anti-Russian sentiments due to alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election and pre-election contacts between the Trump campaign and various Russian citizens and government officials.
Here’s some context, via David Talbot, writing in today’s SF Chronicle:
Nearly the entire media circus — from the New York Times to BuzzFeed — has been caught up in the shadow war between Trump and the national security establishment. And much of the media reporting on this beat is closely aligned with the security agencies. “If the Deep State can rid us of the blighted presidency of Donald Trump, all I can say is ‘Go, State, go,’” merrily wrote Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott.
MSNBC has turned its nightly news lineup into a propaganda arm of the national security state, with a constant parade of former spooks and armchair generals foaming about the “Russian connection” and how Trump has handed our nation to the Kremlin. In today’s strange looking-glass world, the liberals have become the new red-hunters, sniffing for traitors everywhere from Trump Tower to “alt-left media” (as Wolcott calls it) such as Glenn Greenwald’s online publication, the Intercept.
So Neil MacFarqhuar’s bit of NYT fun with those silly Russians for ignoring their own history, which forever altered the planet’s geopolitical map, should come as no surprise given the prevailing mood amongst the U.S. corporate media.
It’s worth recalling a bit of historical context often left out of U.S. history books and The New York Times regarding the Russian Revolution: the United States sent over 13,000 troops to the soon-to-be Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, beginning in 1917, in an ultimately doomed effort to “strangle at its birth” the Bolshevik state, according to Winston Churchill.
The U.S. has been in an ideological battle with communism, the Soviet and Russian states ever since.