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All Against Russia

On any subject other than Russia, unanimity between the United States and her European “allies” has been impossible to achieve since Donald Trump was sworn in as President.  The unsolved poisoning in the cathedral town of Salisbury, England, of a former Russian double agent—exchanged eight years ago in a spy-swap with the U.K.—and his daughter, though, has done the trick.

Western politicians are claiming that their relations with Moscow are even worse than during the Cold War, while journalists speculate on the possibility that a hot war might break out as a result of the attack, and reports have appeared in the British media that the U.K. might invoke Article V of the NATO pact that requires the signatories to defend one of their own against attack.  Nevertheless, there is a sound case to be made against the mass condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his agents in the Kremlin, one that has been stated calmly and convincingly by Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan with a reputation as a whistleblower, at Information Clearing House (“Russian to Judgment,” March 13, 2018).  “There are many possible suspects in this attack,” Murray concludes, and Putin is far from being the most plausible among them.

The British prime minister never claimed in her statement to Parliament, he notes, that the nerve agent Novichok (which belongs to a new...

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