The Briton, Rostov and unread cards — RT DE

10 Feb 2022 7:53 pm

The British Foreign Secretary has problems with Russian geography. She is not alone in this. This also happens in the USA and Germany, sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose. But maybe the West should start looking at the cards.

by Dagmar Henn

You know that from the Americans. The mis-geographical captions at CNN are legendary, and even Hollywood took advantage of America’s ignorance of the rest of the world for a delightful film, Wag the Dog, back in 1997, which features a completely fabricated war in Albania, because anyway no one knows where Albania is.

Well, the phenomenon seems to be contagious. In Germany, a few years ago, the assertion lasted for more than half a year that there was a land bridge from Mariupol to the Crimea; the nearest land connection is 270 kilometers away. In the meantime, the geographic error has gone so far that ZDF subtitles a reporter who is in Kiev to locate her in Moscow. That’s already more than 800 kilometers. Sure, it can happen if you constantly have to locate Yelnya on the Ukrainian border…

So now the British Foreign Secretary got it. According to Liz Truss, Rostov and Voronezh are not part of Russia. As for the former, I can even say from personal experience that she is wrong.

But it remains a mystery: the story of the land bridge to the Crimea once originated from the mouth of the then Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and was simply passed on from sheet to sheet without any verification. Is the western education system now so bad that even using Google Maps is too much for you? Or is it a kind of permanent damage triggered by the conviction that one can shape the world as one wishes, a cognitive consequence of Western fantasies of superiority?

Then it would be time to slowly sober up from your own power intoxication. Before the hangover gets too bad and you realize with horror that the Chinese locate London in Ireland and Berlin in Poland. Because it just doesn’t matter anymore.

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