(FiveNation.com)- The Financial Times, a British newspaper, recently made the bizarre claim that through the use of “psychological operations,” both China and Russia are responsible for the “anti-vax sentiment” in Western countries.
Why are they not considering the possibility that regular people aren’t comfortable taking a vaccine that was developed in record time, especially when the disease it protects against is not as harmful as initially believed? And when therapeutics are available that dramatically improve the chances of hospitalized COVID patients surviving?
In a report, the paper quotes Mikael Tofvesson, the head of the Psyops division of the Swedish Navy, who claimed that “foreign aggressors” are sowing division in areas of public concern, ranging from COVID vaccines to immigration. And while this may well be the case, the idea that vaccine skepticism is purely the result of foreign psyops is…just not true.
“The most important task in psychological defence is to inoculate the population against believing false information,” the article by journalist Elisabeth Braw explained.
Psy-Ops are a crucial weapon in the war against disinformation https://t.co/Wv0FHYGjfH | opinion
— Financial Times (@FT) January 11, 2022
“Hostile states including Russia, China and Iran have increased their use of disinformation and online propaganda to amplify anti-vax sentiment and foment political tensions in Europe and the US,” the article continues.
Interestingly, though, the report provides zero evidence to support their claims.
Doesn’t this reek of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory all over again? The theory that Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, which was ultimately proven false by the FBI investigation that followed?