The Russians, assuming the identity of Americans, operated social media pages designed to attract the attention of Americans and foment social and political divisions.
I assume the truth of this. Moreover, I assume the truth of all such accusations about Russian state activity in the service of Russians state interests from the time of the Tsars.
If you need evidence for this tendency, I invite you to read the Marquis of Custine’s description of Tsarist Russia, written in 1839. I quote from his book:
In Russia, whatever be the appearance of things, violence and arbitrary rule is at the bottom of them all. Tyranny rendered calm by the influence of terror is the only kind of happiness which this government is able to afford its people.
This, to be sure, was long before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Another snippet from the Marquis, who visited Russia for some months and returned to France with baleful conclusions about the regime of the Tsars:
In Frace, revolutionary tyranny is an evil belonging to a state of transition; in Russia, despotic tyranny is permanent.
Pacepa’s view is that by far the largest activity of the security services of the Communist regime, from Stalin on down, was not intelligence gathering so much as framing the innocent, and generating “disinformation”. For example, disinformation is the process whereby you have come to believe, in all probability, that the firmly anti-Nazi Pope Pius XII was “Hitler’s Pope” and that he did not do enough to help the Jews in World War II. Besmirching the reputation of those who oppose the interests of the rulers of Russia, whether Tsarist, Communist, or the current ex-KGB leader, is what their secret services do.
If the Russian regime can throw doubt on the outcome of the entire US election by the trivial expenditure of some Facebook pages, and the time of some 13, or even 13,000, agents of the FSB, do you think they would not do it? The gains they make by throwing the US system of government into disrepute are enormous; they undercut the legitimacy of the US system for chicken feed.
Is it any wonder then, that Trump tweeted yesterday:
President Donald Trump says Russians are “laughing their asses off in Moscow” for the way Washington has handled the Russia investigations, following the Department of Justice’s charges against Russian nationals last week for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election.
As usual, the US mainstream media will be swallowing the tale of Russian interference without blinking an eye, but highlighting the extent to which Trump has downplayed Russian interference in the past. It will avoid considering the degree to which Democrats and the left in general are serving Putin’s ends. It will avoid any look in the mirror. It will avoid considering the nature of the Russian state for the smallest of partisan advantages.
Yet the Mueller indictments may have succeeded, despite the left’s best efforts, in drawing attention to the man who is poisoning the water, Vladimir Putin. Can you blame him for trying to wreck the legitimacy of the US political system? Only in the same way as you can blame a cat for hunting mice.
But for the political opposition to Trump, they can be blamed for the most relentless and obstinate short-sightedness. And as for Trump, if he has just woken up to the extent to which he has been played by Putin, that will be salutory.