The U.S. media has created “war fever” in this country and done so in a manner that befits William Randolph Hearst in 1898 when he propagandized war with Cuba. When no one else could answer the question “Who sunk the Maine?” he boldly declared, “It was the damn Spanish!” Today, it is the damn Russians!

It appears every ear of every news editor heard the combined voices of NATO planners, military generals, Wall Street profiteers and Brzezinski neocons in unison command: “You furnish the headlines, stories and pictures, we’ll furnish the war.”

The Maine hadn’t sunk; the media sunk to “yellow journalism” levels.

According to my reasoning, the violent overthrow of a democratically elected government is called a “coup d’etat.” An installed “interim” government that consists of radical nationalists, right-wing extremists, anti-Semites and active neo-Nazis who led the putsch is called “fascistic.”

Personnel in the CIA, the State Department and U.S. nongovernmental organizations who foment violent regime change in sovereign nations are called “infiltrators” and “instigators.” The goal to encircle Russia and China by the West, control oil, natural gas and global distribution channels in central Asia is called “The Great Game” on the “Grand Chessboard.”

With little importance given by U.S. media to explaining these background facts, American conservatives and liberals have been induced with war fever. Let’s hope the fever doesn’t proceed into dizziness, confusion or hallucinations.

Michael T. Bucci

Damariscotta