If prejudice masquerading as journalism were an Olympic sport, the vile diatribe of commentator Mark Nuckols against all things Russian would win gold hands down ("The Sochi experiment," Feb. 6).

The real problem, however, is that Mr. Nuckols' rant is just a small part of a much larger propaganda blast aimed at ginning up worse-than-Cold-War relations between Russia and the West, with potentially catastrophic strategic consequences for the planet.

Give Mr. Nuckols credit for a certain perverse originality. Not content merely to rehash tired slanders against the Putin government, he breaks new ground for depravity by aiming his invective against the Russian nation and people themselves.

We learn from this sage that Russian cabbies, restaurant owners, cops and even dry-cleaning business people are corrupt, incompetent, xenophobic and rude, among other qualities. Must be something in their genes.

Isn't The Sun just a little bit ashamed to print such gutter-level ethnic slurs on its op-ed page?

Nuckols can barely conceal his glee at the prospect of a terrorist incident disrupting the Sochi games and discrediting the Russian government.

Thankfully, the Russians don't reciprocate his ugly attitude. Long before the Boston Marathon bombing, their intelligence services repeatedly tried to warn the U.S. of the danger posed by the networks that produced the Tsarnaev brothers. U.S. authorities — perhaps influenced by the same anti-Russian mind-set as Mr. Nuckols' — paid little to no attention to their warnings, with deadly consequences for the bombing's victims.

Yet despite this, and despite Russia's critical intervention last year to prevent an American-led military intervention against Syria that could have exploded into a global conflagration, the U.S. and Western European media seem to lose no opportunity to cast Mr. Putin as the re-incarnation of Genghis Khan. It isn't just silly screeds like that of Mr. Nuckols, it's a continual pile-on.

When Ukrainian insurgents, financed to the tune of billions by Western-connected NGOs, launch a well-armed, violent assault against a duly elected Russian-allied government and festoon their banners with images of an infamous WWII-era fascist murderer, our press lauds these thinly disguised neo-Nazis as freedom fighters.

When the disgusting, pornographic rock band Pussy Riot spews out its X-rated anti-Putin lyrics, the Western media treat their outpourings as the artistic equivalent of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Jailed (and now freed) kleptocrat and oligarch Mikhail Khordokovsky has been repeatedly lauded in the West as though he were the heir to the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, when in fact this thief bears a far greater resemblance to the likes of Bernard Madoff or Ken Lay.

And, of course, when well-financed Wahabi terrorists bomb or kidnap in Russia, it's because Mr. Putin is a repressive autocrat. When the same networks do the same things here, it's because they're terrorists.

What actual crime has Russia committed to merit this abuse?

Simply this: Political king-makers far higher on the totem pole than poor Mr. Nuckols are increasingly enraged that while the trans-Atlantic financial system is dying of self-inflicted wounds and heading toward a collapse far worse than in 2008, the Eurasian nations — Russia, China, India, South Korea, etc. — are daring not only to survive, but even to thrive.

Both individually and in concert, they are pushing ahead on a whole range of advanced technologies — space exploration, nuclear fission and fusion, magnetic levitation rail systems, and many others — that the U.S. and Western Europe have largely abandoned in favor of feeding the cancerous bubble of financial derivatives with seemingly endless amounts of printing-press money.

Those desperate financial circles (and their political mouthpieces, such as the current resident of the White House) would stop at nothing, up to and including a head-on confrontation between the world's two nuclear superpowers, to prevent their rotting empire from being overtaken by the perfectly healthy process of sovereign nations engaging in technological progress and cooperation.

In that context, even an ill-mannered temper tantrum such as Mr. Nuckols' poses a danger and demands a response far beyond what its own merit — or lack thereof — might otherwise indicate.

Doug Mallouk

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