Of Nazi collaboration and Russian disinformation: Cohn

Of Nazi collaboration and Russian disinformation: Cohn

The controversy over Chrystia Freeland’s family background can be confounding.No, our foreign minister isn’t answerable for her Ukrainian-born grandfather, who edited a propaganda outlet for the Nazis in occupied Krakow.Yes, the Russians are playing a dirty game of demonization by spreading incriminating stories about her distant family background. Guilt by association plays well in Russia’s online world.Closer to home the smear tactic hasn’t gained traction. Canadian commentators have stated the obvious — that whatever the supposed sins of the grandfather, they shall not be visited upon our foreign minister, whose integrity is beyond reproach.But before we dismiss it all as disinformation, we need to deconstruct it — not to determine Freeland’s fitness to serve in cabinet. No, the point is to avoid the fatal error of historical complacency, which remains a quintessentially Canadian character flaw.Article Continued BelowMore at thestar.com: War is hell and Chrystia Freeland has nothing to be ashamed of: Paul WellsChrystia Freeland and the Russian disinformation bogeyman: Walkom

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