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The German Ministers’ Champagne Flute Pic From Kiev Rubs Salt In The US Public’s Wounds
With inflation hitting the American people harder than at any time in decades and thus making it more difficult for them to maintain the already humble lifestyles that most of them had even prior to the recent economic crisis, it was predictable that many of them would be enraged at the image of German officials having the time of their lives while in what folks were told by the Mainstream Media is supposedly one of the worst conflict zones since World War II.
The American public is quickly souring on the Ukrainian Conflict as proven by Gallup’s latest poll, which confirmed that literally only 1% of them consider Russia to be their country’s “most important problem”. That fringe minority is probably already even less by now because folks were asked to share their opinions about this before Zelensky’s infamous Vogue photoshoot. That scandalous incident exposed the life of luxury that he and his wife live despite Westerners being told that all his people were suffering without exception. It also made many Americans wonder whether the tens of billions of dollars that their government gave him are at the very least partially funding the First Family’s lavish lifestyle.
Popular perceptions have also been changing as a result of the Mainstream Media (MSM) suddenly sharing information that contradicts the previous narrative that they’ve tried to indoctrinate everyone with. Amnesty International proved that Kiev’s forces are illegally militarizing residential areas and thus exploiting civilians as human shields. CBS News then warned that Western arms to that crumbling former Soviet Republic risk falling into terrorists’ hands. This coincided with The Guardian exposing just how poorly trained its forces are and CNN admitting that the global food crisis isn’t entirely caused by the Ukrainian Conflict contrary to what was previously claimed.
The latest in this spree of revelations about the reality of the US-led NATO proxy war on Russia through Ukraine was clearly unintended. It came about after the German Interior Minister, Labor Minister, and Ambassador to Ukraine posed with Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko while holding champagne flutes and widely smiling during their visit to the Ukrainian capital in late July. The image recently provoked major criticism among those who claimed that it was inappropriate for those foreigners to be celebrating despite the ongoing conflict, which prompted the Interior Minister to apologize, but not without defending herself by claiming that the picture showed that everyday life is returning to Kiev.
The reality is that the country’s largest city was only briefly disrupted by Russia’s special military operation, and even then, it was only parts of it that were directly affected. By as early as the beginning of this summer, locals were already thronging the capital’s beaches, clearly without any concern about being bombed. The fact is that while the conflict has devastated Donbass and the southern parts of what used to be Ukraine (considering that these liberated regions plan to hold referenda on joining Russia), that was only due to Kiev illegally militarizing those residential areas near the frontline exactly as Amnesty International recently proved in a desperate bid to stop the slow but steady Russian advance.
Millions of people already fled this crumbling former Soviet Republic out of fear for their lives and their futures, including those 2.8 million that sought safety in Russia, but those who remained in the capital have realized that they don’t really have all that much to worry about. This explains why the German dignitaries were so comfortable while visiting there and were thus even invited to have some champagne with their host, the mayor. They felt so safe that the thought never crossed any of their minds that the picture of their celebrations would contribute to the spree of developments that have completely discredited what had hitherto been the official narrative about the conflict.
Nevertheless, the optics throw salt on the US public’s wounds after they’ve already begun souring on Zelensky as was earlier explained, especially since the picture circulated just days after their government authorized another $4.5 billion in budgetary support for that former Soviet Republic. Some Americans might understandably wonder whether some of their hard-earned taxpayer funds subsidized the party that Kiev’s Mayor threw for his German guests late last month. It’s already bad enough that the Zelenskys didn’t care about the Western public’s reaction to their Vogue photoshoot and that he recently told Americans that his country should be more important to them than their own.
Now, however, the mayor of his capital is literally wining and dining foreign dignitaries on what’s likely American taxpayers’ tabs. This is probably just the tip of the proverbial iceberg since it should be taken for granted that they’ve paid for a lot more than just the Zelenskys’ lavish life and one party in Kiev. It’s impossible to know exactly how much of their money has been wasted on such non-military excesses since there aren’t any transparent accountability mechanisms for tracking how these funds have been spent. The US public just finds out every now and then whenever someone slips up like the Zelenskys did during their Vogue photoshoot or those German officials during their trip to Kiev late last month.
With inflation hitting the American people harder than at any time in decades and thus making it more difficult for them to maintain the already humble lifestyles that most of them had even prior to the recent economic crisis, it was predictable that many of them would be enraged at the image of German officials having the time of their lives while in what folks were told by the MSM is supposedly one of the worst conflict zones since World War II. As was earlier written, while parts of the crumbling country (including those no longer under its control) were destroyed and several million people have fled as refugees, most of Ukraine is so peaceful and stable that locals enjoy themselves at the capital’s beaches.
It was within this actual socio-military environment that those German guests felt so comfortable that they didn’t think twice about how others would interpret their picture of drinking champagne with Kiev’s mayor during their trip there late last month. They celebrated simply because it felt natural considering that everyday life was only briefly disrupted there and then only in parts of the country’s capital instead of its entirety. Americans should realize just how badly they’ve been lied to by their government and its MSM proxies over the past half year since the latest phase of the Ukrainian Conflict began. Even if they can’t change anything, peacefully and publicly airing their frustrations can still send a strong message.