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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #29)

Thu Jun 5, 2014, 04:22 PM

49. Help me out, what's the name for your fallacy?

 

I mean this one: "Someone lied or did something bad in the past. Therefore any bad claim made about this person must be true." Even if there is no evidence for the claim. Even if it's just an invention, or wishful thinking.

Kerry himself seems to lack the evidence of a Russian state intervention in Ukraine and it ain't, as someone suggested above, because the Americans are too nice (use unsecured phones!) and therefore leave evidence, whereas the Russians are so devious that they can "wipe their fingerprints" of the evil the New York Times presumes but cannot prove they have done.

The fact of the matter is that right now by admission of CIA and FBI, they have their personnel (not volunteers, like the Russians) in Ukraine, serving as "advisers" to the Yatsenyuk government coalition (which consists of neoliberals with outright fascists as the junior partner). Kiev is conducting a bloody crackdown on the ethnic Russians of eastern Urkraine.

And neither the New York Times nor Kerry can produce evidence of intervention by the Russian state. If Russian nationals are helping the ethnic Russians being attacked in Ukraine, this is not much of a surprise.

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