Lately I've discussed some examples of how the once great site, Climate Audit, has been going downhill as its proprietor, Steve McIntyre, has taken to a strange behavior in which he says and does all sorts of bizarre things which make him seem little more than a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda.
McIntyre complains about being described as such, but at this point, I think it is a completely appropriate description. We've reached the point where McIntyre happily even the most obvious of tricks used in Russian propaganda. Consider, for instance, this tweet of his:
you support Ukraine, one of only three nations in world to vote against UN anti-Nazi resolution. And you see nothing wrong with Ukraine honoring Nazis.
— Stephen McIntyre (@ClimateAudit) November 29, 2017
Here, McIntyre slams a group for supporting "Ukraine, one of only three nations in world to vote against UN anti-Nazi resolution." McIntyre apparently feels this is a terrible thing to do, but if so, why doesn't he mention who the other two countries who voted against the resolution were? Maybe it's because he's Canadian, and those two countries are the United States and Canada. I guess he didn't want to admit he refuses to support his homeland due to it being run by Nazi sympathizers.
For context, what's been going on with Russia over thast few years is Russia has been invading countries and conquering territory. That's really all the context you need to know why people would support Ukraine, a country Russia has invaded and is currently trying to conquer.
But I'm not good at brevity. As such, I'm going to point out this "UN anti-Nazi resolution" is nothing but a cheap ploy by Russia to excuse its behavior even as it sends its military into countries to conquer them. The process is simple. First, Russia uses state-controlled media to issue propaganda labeling people it wishes to undermine Nazis. Then, it attacks those people, not verbally, but with guns and tanks, on the supposed basis of, "They're Nazis! We have to stop them!"
Of course, the leaders of countries like Canada are not dumb enough to fall for this. They see through this cheap ploy and refuse to go along with the propaganda Russia tries to push through the UN. So do the leaders of the United States and Ukraine. But so do the leaders of 55 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Iceland, Germany, Swedent, Switzerland, Greece, Australia, Poland and Ireland.
That's right. 55 countries refused to vote on this "UN anti-Nazi resolution." These were countries which refused to support the obvious Russian propaganda introduced for no reason other than to excuse its military incursions into other countries. They just didn't have the courage to vote "No" because they knew doing so would cause lazy and intellectually dishonest people to rush to spread the news of how they support Nazis. Which, as McIntyre demonstrates, is exactly what would happen.
Anyone with the slightest integrity in regard to this subject would see through what Russia is doing. It introduced this resolution year after year solely to get a talking point to use in its propaganda. The United States was clear the reason it refused to vote for this resolution wasn't because it supported Nazis. This is from its statement on its vote from 2014:
In the current global context, we are especially concerned about the overt political motives that drive the main sponsor to introduce this resolution year after year. We are alarmed by its recent efforts to vilify others by loosely using terms such as “Nazi” or “Fascist.” The government of Russia has employed this rhetoric during the current crisis in Ukraine, including against the current Ukrainian government, and has used it in this very Committee to condemn the Baltic States. This is offensive and disrespectful toward those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis and other Fascist regimes, and it should not be tolerated. We believe Russia’s efforts at the General Assembly, via this resolution, are aimed at its opponents, rather than at promoting or protecting human rights.
This observation is completely unremarkable as Russia isn't secretive about its propaganda. It is quite open with it. And it's clearly having an effect. Just count how many times McIntyre used the word "Nazi" on this page alone. Leaving aside the constant misrepresentations and fabrications McIntyre posted there, it is clear the "Nazi" narrative is central to him excusing Russia's military actions (which to this day, he stubbornly refuses to label invasions).
Nobody but the laziest or most biased of individuals are falling for this propaganda, but there are many lazy and incredibly biased individuals. People like them won't even show the slightest integrity and tell you why people oppose Russia's "anti-Nazi resolution." Note, the same year Canada, Ukraine and the United States voted against this resolution, Russia invaded Ukraine region of Crimea, where it used its military troops to take over the Crimean government and hold it hostage as it forced the Crimena parliament to vote to secede from Ukraine so that it could vote to join Russia. And all this, on the back of the narrative it was "fighting Nazis."
People like McIntyre won't tell you that. Similarly, he won't tell you a common view amongst the countries which refused to support this "anti-Nazi resolution" is, again from the United States statement explaining its vote in 2014:
In addition, we remain concerned that the resolution fails again this year to
distinguish between offensive expression, which should be protected in the name
of free speech, and actions, such as discrimination and violence motivated by bias,
that should always be prohibited. The United States shares the concern expressed
in this resolution regarding the frequency of racist views expressed in any medium
or forum, including on the Internet. However, we do not consider curtailing
expression to be an appropriate or effective means of combating racism and related
intolerance. Rather, it is our firm conviction, as reflected in the U.S. Constitution
and laws of the United States, that the individual freedoms of expression and
association should be robustly protected, even when the ideas represented by such
expression are offensive or hateful.
He also won't tell you what Ukraine had to say about the resolution. Here is Ukraine's statement on it when it was introduced again the next year, in 2015. From it:
Ukraine is among the countries who suffered most of the occupation by Nazi regime during the Second World War. That is why we strongly condemn all forms of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
In this regard we reiterate our consistent position that the above mentioned resolution has nothing in common with fight against Nazism, neo-Nazism and other forms of intolerance. On the contrary we are witnessing how the penholder of the draft resolution – Russia, manipulate with the history and twist the essence of the Nuremberg Tribunal in pursuance of one’s aggressive political interests.
Ukraine condemn this cynical attempt of the Russian Federation to present itself as a champion of combating Nazism and neo-Nazism while repeating those same crimes against entire nations.
We are deeply concerned with the deteriorating situation in Russia and state propaganda of racism, racial discrimination and superiority of “Russian world”, xenophobia, related intolerance to other nations as well as glorification of totalitarian regimes and its leaders.
Bearing in mind the propaganda motives of the resolution, Ukraine has decided to vote “against” this draft resolution.
If McIntyre doesn't want to be dismissed as just a mouthpiece for Russian propaganda, he should stop mindlessly repeating every piece of Russian propaganda he comes across. he should show the slightest shred of integrity and acknowledge any of the many basic facts he refuses to admit as they'd make his pro-RUssian narrative fall apart.
Put simply, Russia is the bad guy here. You have to be stupid or dishonest to paint the countries Russia invades and conquers as the bad guys. And let's be honest, McIntyre isn't stupid.