Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it’s war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere.
Aldus Vladimir Zhirinovsky, een niet al te serieuze, maar niettemin betrouwbare (“widely viewed as a faithful servant of Kremlin policy, sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction”) spreekbuis van het Kremlin.
Zhirinovsky is overigens niet alleen in zijn extreme standpunten, zo meldt een artikel in Foreign Affairs:
The failure of Russia’s long-planned October surprise to tip the election appears to have angered Moscow, which had planned this operation well in advance in hopes of destroying Clinton’s chance of winning the presidency. […]
Moscow’s anger over the WikiLeaks debacle may be why it soon changed tack and escalated its verbal attacks against the United States over Syria. A few days after the leaks, Russia unleashed an exceptionally harsh barrage of threats when the United States pulled out of cease-fire negotiations in Syria. On October 10, for example, chief Russian propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov said that the United States’ “impudent behavior” toward Russia could have “nuclear” implications and that there had been a “radical change” in U.S.-Russian relations in recent weeks. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, another of President Vladimir Putin’s hatchet men, advised Americans to vote for Donald Trump or risk being dragged into a nuclear war. At the same time, Russia positioned nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, which borders Poland and Lithuania, and test-fired three ballistic missiles elsewhere, making clear that its war of words was coordinated with the threat of military action.
Reken er overigens op, zegt Foreign Affairs, dat Rusland vaker zal proberen verkiezingen in westerse landen te beïnvloeden met behulp van selectieve publicaties van gehackt materiaal:
Russian hackers are also suspected of stealing the e-mails of Germany’s Christian Democrat Union parliamentarians, who face a challenge from pro-Russia right-wing extremists. There will probably be selective releases of e-mails from the incumbents there, too, as the election approaches.
Rusland ziet immers niets in een verenigd Europa. Want dat zou wel eens effectief tegenwicht kunnen bieden tegen zijn minder frisse praktijken.