Opinion: Here at home: Putin’s Information War
Commentary by Alex Morozov
Today, information is changing our world dramatically. The foundation of our values, like war and peace, are getting changed as well. The idea of a “hybrid war” was not invented by Russia. Russia started using this concept back in 1995 with the Abhasia occupation, then in 2008 in Georgia and in the 2014 war in Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea. The last known act of hybrid war was in 2016, when Russia was tampering with U.S. elections and trying to corrupt U.S. officials. Those are just the tip of the iceberg, publicly known facts, but there are thousands and thousands of acts of hybrid wars which were not disclosed and never will be.
The Information War is a part of the hybrid war strategy, and today Russia is waging a full-scale information war against U.S. Even here in the Midwest, we are not removed from this war. Putin hybrid soldiers – agents of influence – are living right here among us.
In this Information War there is no need for guns. The best guns are propaganda and lies. We can witness this war on a daily basis. It could be people wearing pro-Putin T-shirts or Carmel residents taking their families for a vacation to Russian-occupied Crimea, or people teaching their kids how great Czar Putin and his regime are.
There is nothing wrong to be a proud Russian or Ukrainian or any other ethnicity. Every nation has its own history and heroes. But Russia of Pushkin, Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky are very different from the Russia of Putin and KGB. One message must be delivered very loud and clear: To protect our country and democracy, there should be no place for any anti-American, pro-regime supporter. The ultimate goal of any war is victory. For America, the victory in this Information War will be making our great nation better and its military stronger, and building a society which shares our western values.