Searching for Russia conspiracies everywhere — including Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia

Here’s yet another hastily-written anti-Russia piece, presumably from THE RESISTANCE, for the sake of stoking neocon wet dreams of a new Russia boogeyman.

Ultimately, there’s plenty of money to be made in fear …

Political Dig recently published a story about the assassination of Malta investigative journalist and Panama Papers exposé contributor Daphne Caruana Galizia, but with a curious focus.

Of all the individuals. And [fake] companies the Panama Papers exposed for curious — if not shady — financial maneuvers, PoliticalDig made no general mention of who these people or corporate are, but managed to make one specific, you know, dig:

… including a revelation that Ivanka Trump helped her father [Donald Trump’s] Panama hotel venture with the help of an alleged international fraudster with ties to Russian money launderers.

It’s probably a good time for me recite my usual disclosure when I write anything about President Donald Trump and Trumpland.

I don’t believe Trump has the intellectual curiosity or mental stability required to be Commander in Chief …

But I also know a Let’s Feed Into Cold War 2.0 game when I see one.

The PoliticalDig writer seemed to leave out how the Panama Papers connected two Malta government officials in Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s administration, Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, with opening bank accounts across the globe through secret companies.

Galizia received frequent death threats as a result of the searing posts in her blog Running Commentary, where she detailed accusations of corruption within Muscat’s administration and the oligarchs supposedly connected to him.

After Galizia’s death, her children publicly demanded that Muscat resign for deliberately failing to protect the popular journalist from the hostile environment that surrounded her.

Members of Malta’s Parliament also want Muscat to resign, based on suspicions raised by the Panama Papers’ findings.

A not-so-trivial number of Malta locals suspect a connection between the Muscat allegations and Galizia’s murder.

But somehow, PoliticalDig goes straight for the “Big Bad Russia” angle.

Who knows, perhaps Russians with dirty money and Trump connections had some role in detonating the car bomb that killed Galizia. Arrests have been made; time will tell.

But the knee-jerk reaction of connecting Russia to every bad event in the world — and without thoughtful consideration of any evidence — is getting old.

And the larger risk THE RESISTANCE can potentially face with these “Russia is everywhere” stories is outrage numbness, if you feel what i’m saying …

song currently stuck in my head: “you don’t love me” – willie cobbs

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