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Russia may use ‘false flag’ to attack Ukraine

US officials have warned several times over the past few weeks that Russia is planning such an attack so that its army can be seen attacking and its pictures can be shown to the world. US officials allege that such a “false flag” campaign would provide Russia with an excuse to attack Ukraine.

A “false flag” is a military action where a country, covertly, intentionally harms its own property, human life, while telling the world that its enemy country has done so. Under the guise of this, the country that does this attacks its enemy country.

Satellites can’t cause “false flag” attacks

By busting this plan, the Biden administration wants to prevent the Kremlin from building such grounds to justify the war. But such “false flag” attacks can no longer happen, as satellite images and live video of the field are widely and instantly shared on the Internet. In such a situation, it is a difficult task to avoid the responsibility of false flag attack today.

The “false flag” attack and the countries involved in it have a long history. The term originated for pirates who used friendly (and false) flags to attract merchant ships close enough to attack them.

The use of “false flag” in the twentieth century

In the twentieth century there are many cases related to the “false flag”. In 1939, agents of Nazi Germany broadcast anti-German messages from a German radio station near the border with Poland. They also killed several civilians, whom they wore in Polish military uniforms, as an excuse for Germany’s planned invasion of Poland. The same year the Soviet Union fired shells into Soviet territory near the Finnish border and blamed Finland.

America has also been implicated in similar conspiracies. The proposal for ‘Operation Northwoods’ was to kill the Americans and accuse Castro of attacking, so that the army would have an excuse to invade Cuba. However, the Kennedy administration eventually rejected the plan.

The sinking of the ship USS Maine in 1898 and the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964—each of which was considered an important part of justifying the war—are considered possible false flag attacks, but these The evidence supporting the allegations is weak.

Global Presence and Disinformation

It was recently alleged that the Bush administration planned to destroy the Twin Towers to justify restrictions on civil liberties and lay the foundation for the invasion of Iraq. If people believe that false flag attacks happen, it is not because it is common. Rather people understand that politicians are corrupt and take advantage of crises. For example, the Bush administration used the 9/11 attacks to garner support for its invasion of Iraq.

credibility challenge

The willingness to believe that leaders are capable of committing such atrocities reflects a growing distrust of governments around the world. Incidentally, this complicates matters for politicians intending to carry out “false flag” attacks. Furthermore, independent investigators make it difficult for governments to avoid serious violations of laws and international norms.

“False Flag” option

Russia has other options for attack. At the beginning of its incursion into Crimea in 2014, the Kremlin used propaganda and deceit to block Ukraine’s resistance and achieve domestic consensus. In contrast, the False Flag campaign is complex and perhaps more dramatic, inviting unwanted scrutiny. False flag attacks are risky, while politicians looking to build a legitimate base have a plethora of subtle and inexpensive options to choose from.

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