Granted, all wars involving the world's entertainment capital need spokespeople to help with narrative control. If not for Jolie, others would be eager to prove their righteousness in front of the media. The role of self-interest in humanitarian interventions is a western supremacy past time. And if you can't be Ukrainian to fight the Russian ogre, why not fly out there yourself and become a foreign mercenary?
At least she's doing what she loves - showing people how much she cares about something everyone has an opinion on, not necessarily for the cause or the broader implications of deeper understanding but for themselves.
Last month Senator Marco Rubio seemed to panic as State Department Secretary Victoria Nuland, under oath, confirmed the existence of US-sponsored biolabs in Ukraine. Upon answering a question, he didn't even ask, Rubio shifted, first in his seat and then the topic, speculating on a definite future Russian false-flag attack using US bioweapon technology.
That bizarre phenomenon of "cancelling" French fries in the United States after 9/11. If you were of conscious age on September 11, 2001, you'd know what I mean and are probably nodding in agreement with a heavy cringe. For context, as George "W.atch this drive" Bush declared his disastrous "War on Terror" on the world — millions dead, 38 million displaced in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen (take your pick, most of the actual 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia), he and his cronies soon asked "Who's coming with?"
One of the primary aims of the games for China, at least, was to use it as a platform to promote winter Olympic sports at home. We all know a certain Eileen Gu, or Gu Ailing, who became a household name after winning three medals at these games. Unfortunately, her decision to compete for China drew the ire of mainstream American media, which exploded with accusations of her being a traitor. More worryingly, some of the rhetoric leaped into unhinged racism, denouncing Gu by calling her names and making impressions of Chinese stereotypes to spite her.
Oh, the sweet irony of the United States sending nearly 3,000 extra troops to Poland and Romania to "shield" Eastern Europe from a potential spillover of Russian forces near Ukraine (who remain within Russian borders, duh).
If you hadn't noticed, humanity needs Heads of State to be real leaders — leaders who ignite actual change, first for their people, then with respectful engagement with the outside world. We do not need leaders who seem to enjoy basking in the dark glow of hubris by stoking fires across the planet. Our blue dot is and never was the dictate of a sole power and is certainly not a "backyard" for them to defecate.
As the West becomes increasingly desperate in Asia, we're seeing more coincidental political drama across all nations at the hands of the most US proxy "agent provocateur" institutions (too many to name here but CIA essentially).
Oh, this beautiful, cascading world. Welcome back to Freeze Peach 2022, where we take down everything to do with everything in the world but with an eye on US Empire. We'll start this new series with a round-up of geopolitics in 2021 and contemplate through tweets and general silliness what we can expect from this beautiful, fracturing world in 2022.
As a microcosm of American media reporting across the board, let's start with this absurd headline that no "free" media outlet with an equestrian hoof of credibility would ever publish unironically ever. Except, of course, Mr. Ed, the New York Times did exactly that with this locked and loaded headline on China's Olympic bid six days into the games.
Japan breathed a sigh of relief much as we did at the closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Firstly, congratulations to all the athletes who took part. Congratulations, Team USA, for just winning the most golds AND total medals. Congratulations, Team China, for doing the same at the Paralympic Games by a long country mile. Congratulations, Tokyo Organising Committee, for pulling off such a world-spanning event amid the onslaught of COVID inconvenience.
Biden, as President, repeatedly forgets the names of institutions, names of people he himself appointed, places he's been, countries America is invading, even his wife Jill, who he called Karen once—she laughed for the cameras but died a little inside.