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Whataboutism, also called whataboutery, is a rhetorical ploy believed to have originated in the Cold War era, often used by Soviet propagandists. It seeks to discredit another person's argument without actually or directly refuting it by using moral equivalence arguments to accuse the other person of doing either the same thing or something that is allegedly equally bad. It is a form of the tu quoque fallacy and is now frequently used by liberals/leftists and their allies to deflect from the atrocities committed by such ideologies as Communism and Islam, as well as totalitarian regimes like the USSR, Communist China, North Korea and Iran, while simultaneously attacking Christianity as well as the United States and its allies.