mneeley490 posted:The Old Man posted:
There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.
The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.
One thing that I noticed in the Amazon Prime series, Hanna, is that it was very Eurocentric in keeping with movie. And the bad guys? They were the Americans.
And there's no doubt we sometimes are. The best "fictional" source are in a number of John Le Carre's stories. And yet we remain the shinning beacon for the rest of the world--let's hope we'll survive this demagogue.