By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar (Originally published by CASMII)
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence". (Bertrand Russell)
So it is with Messrs. Bush
and Blair which have acted time and again on the flimsiest of evidence to
In 1996 the newly elected prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu commissioned a study group called "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000" to formulate a strategy for Israel in the coming decades. The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies' which included Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser, created the Israel's strategy paper titled: "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" [].
The paper contains six pages of recommendations for Benjamin Netanyahu and some of the more relevant suggestions are presented bellow:
1. Only the unconditional acceptance by Arabs of our rights, especially in their territorial dimension, "peace for peace," is a solid basis for the future.
2. An effective approach, and one with which American can sympathize, would be if Israel seized the strategic initiative along its northern borders by engaging Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran, as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon.
3. Work closely
4. This effort
can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in
In 1997 another set of Neo-Conservatives that included personalities such as Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz Elliott Abrams, Lewis Libby, Eliot A. Cohen and others, created a think-tank organisation by the name of "The Project for the New American Century". They stated their vision of the new world in their "statement of Principles". To their credit, they were very honest about their goals. They said:
"We aim to
make the case and rally support for American global leadership. As the 20th
century draws to a close, the
The authors of
the Clean Break, and the New American Century were friends, and fellow
travellers. It is therefore not surprising to see that they soon recognised the
complementary nature of these two strategies for the
after the creation of the New American Century, the Neocons started their
campaign for a change in American policy. Statement after statement called for a
fundamental change, but the
Then came the
golden opportunity: the infamous 9/11. Now the stage was set to begin to change
the world and protect
It is a fact that people in general, regardless of their nationality, race or creed, will not wage war on others without being either angry or frightened. People will not go to war for money alone; fear and anger have to be there. To create the fear and anger the Neocons started their propaganda campaign. According to Joseph Gobbles, Nazi Minister of Propaganda "The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly ... it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over." The Neocons had already formulated the points:
people were bombarded with negative images of Muslim "terrorists" that were out
there to get them. The fear factor was also increased by the government's colour
coded warnings or announcements by police chiefs that they know of several
terrorist plans to bomb civilians. One day it was
The Propaganda Machine
I can very well understand, if you are sceptical of this. But just look at all the films and discussions by the so called "experts" in the news and see if you can detect the message. It is a message of fear that is repeated over and over again. This message is nicely inserted in the popular movie plots. Just look at all the series that have been released by major film studios, and see if you can find one that contains anything even remotely favourable to Arabs, Muslims, or Islam. And then look at all the movies and see if you can find one bad Jewish character in them. The Muslims are always portrayed as terrorists, terrorist sympathisers, or refugees running from Islam. In some films even the hero happily uses torture to extract information from the Muslim terrorist in order to save innocent people. You may watch these films and see it as fun, but unconsciously you are being prepared to believe the stereotypical caricature of the Muslims.
you see that the Jews are always portrayed as honest, religious, and educated
people. Jews make up a very small percentage of the
Of course, we hate the thought of being manipulated and controlled. We don't want to believe it. Our intellectual autonomy, after life itself, is one that we cherish most. We accept the overt manipulations by the advertisers, for we believe that we are in control. After all, no-one can fool me, right? That is why we pay for French bottled water, drink Pepsi and buy Nikes, and all because we are in control. In today's world, the greatest illusion for an individual is that of being in control of one's thought and opinion.
There exists a power that reaches into every home and into every mind and tries to manipulate and influence our opinions and perceptions of the reality. This power is called the mass-media. We all acknowledge the influence of this power on young minds. We protect our children from images, language or contents that we deem unsuitable; thinking, rightly, that the young mind is all too impressionable and susceptible to believe the stuff that they are exposed to. Yet, we leave ourselves open to manipulation without blinking an eye; for we believe that they can not fool us. But unfortunately we are being fooled on a grand scale. After all, the greater the lie, the easier it is to accept it as the truth.
To show you how a few people can manipulate so many, I have to list just a small section of this vast propaganda machine that is employed to make-up our mind for us.
The sad truth
is that a handful of powerful groups
control the expanding media and
leisure market spanning film, television, book publishing, music, new online
media, theme parks, sport, the print media and even the theatres. For example
These companies, or rather their owners, set the agenda and control the dissemination of information to the public. Imagine the power these people have. It is no wonder that Presidents and Prime Ministers go hat in hand asking for an audience with the owners. These politicians know that these people are the ones that shape our perception of reality. So they go presenting their CVs, hoping to be accepted.
every year Mr. Murdoch (the greatest friend of
Guardian, "Murdoch wields considerable clout, which is why Tony Blair is likely to address the
aligning his interests, as ever, with those who are most likely to benefit from
a change in public opinion - hence his flirtation with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. He is even hosting a
fundraising event for the
You just have to look at Fox News, Sky News, or read the New York Post, Sun, or the Australian to understand what Mr Murdoch wants you to believe. He is one of the staunchest supporters - among other media tycoons-of the Neocons cause.
Mr. Murdoch controls - among other things- the following []:
International Book Publishing
Publishing, including HarperCollins
Fox Sports Networks (21 networks covering major U.S. cities); Fox Sports Net (cable network with 60 million subscribers); Madison Square Garden Network (40 percent) with Cablevision; Speedvision (34 percent); Outdoor Life (34 percent); the Health Network (50 percent), with Liberty Media; Fox Family Worldwide; FOX News Channel; Fox Television Stations 22 stations (largest TV group in USA), Fox Entertainment, Fox Kid's Network,
Fox Sports; Fox Filmed Entertainment: TV and film production from Twentieth Century Fox; Fox Animation Studios; Fox 2000; and Fox Searchlight; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox Television; Twentieth Century Fox Licencing and Merchandising , and The New York Post
BSkyB (40 percent); Vivendi, as a result of its takeover of Universal has to divest its 24.5 percent stake in BskyB; Sky Digital, 150 channels and services including Sky One Sky News; National Geographic Channel (50 percent); The History Channel (50 percent); Paramount Channel (25 percent); Nickelodeon U.K. (50 percent); Premium channels including Sky Movies; Sky Movies Gold; Sky Sports, The Times; The Sunday Times; The Sun; The News of the World
More than 100 national, metropolitan, suburban, regional and Sunday titles: The Australian; The Weekend Australian , The Daily Telegraph; The Sunday Telegraph Sportsman; Cumberland Newspaper Group (20 titles in the Sydney suburbs); Herald Sun; Sunday Herald Sun; The Weekly Times (30 titles in the Melbourne suburbs); The Courier Mail (41.7 percent); The Sunday Mail (41.7 percent); Gold Coast Bulletin (41.7 percent); The Cairns Post Group (41.7 percent); North Queensland Newspaper Group; Townsville Bulletin; Quest Community newspapers (17 titles in the Brisbane suburbs); Northern Territory News; Sunday Territorian; Centralian Advocate; The Suburban; The Mercury; The Sunday Tasmanian; Tasmanian Country; Treasure Islander; Derwnet Valley Gazette and the Sunday Times.
The above list
is only a part of a vast propaganda machine that is working hard to get us to
fear and hate and pay with our money and blood, so that the dreams and visions
of a few can be realised. People everywhere, be they Muslim, Christian, Jew,
Hindu, or atheist, will rather work and help each other than kill one another.
Nothing is more vile than killing for money and power. Where do you think the
hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the unnecessary war in
In the process parents have lost their children, wives have lost husbands, children have lost their parents, and many millions have become homeless. And as though this was not enough, the seeds of hatred have been sown in the heart of over one billion people. People think that like in the movies, when a war is finished, the victims somehow just vanish or cease to exist. But the millions of Iraqis who have been robbed of their loved ones and now have to endure a civil-war are not likely to just forgive or forget; just as the Palestinians have not forgotten or allowed to forget. For more information you can look at this [Palestinian lives under occupation]. I bet 99.9% of us haven't a clue of what life under occupation is like.
But let us
just forget about the victims and consider the bystanders. The people in the
Muslim world also watch TV and read Newspapers. Do you think that people in
The war on terror is used like a beautiful magician's assistant, to distract the public while the magician does his tricks. As long as people are scared and busy with Osama Bin Laden, no one will be noticing the systematic erosion of their civil liberties, or the increasing inequality, or declining quality of their lives. Who cares if 37.0 million Americans live in poverty []? Who cares if over 13 million families including 26.5 million children are living at the edge of the poverty (median income = $38000) []? Who cares if the top 10% own 71.5% of everything in US []? As long as you are afraid of the evil "terrorists" and are engaged in an unending war, you will not care.
Perhaps, Joseph Goebbels, the master propagandist of the third Reich was correct in his theory that:
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
The Unending War: War on Terror
I don't know if you are aware of this or not, but there is no internationally accepted definition of terrorism []. This is because if you are going to define terrorism, you are liable to define some of your own actions as terrorism. And this will not do at all.
in December 1987 the United Nations General Assembly passed a very strong
resolution against terrorism, condemning the plague in the strongest terms,
calling on every state to fight against it in every possible way. When it came
to vote, one country,
This was because of the article 8 of the resolution that mentions the elimination of colonialism, racism, and alien domination and occupation. This should tell you a lot about why UN can not come-up with a definition of terrorism. Here is the text of the article 8.
Article 8 of the UN resolution against terrorism: "Also urges all States, unilaterally and in co-operation with other States, as well as relevant United Nations organs, to contribute to the
progressive elimination of the causes underlying international terrorism and to pay special attention to all situations, including colonialism, racism and situations involving mass and flagrant violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms and those involving alien domination and occupation, that may give rise to international terrorism and may endanger international peace and security."[]
means that if you are fighting against an occupying power then you are not a
terrorist. If you are fighting against colonialism, then you are not a
terrorist. If you are fighting against racism, then you are not a terrorist. If
you are fighting against flagrant human rights violation, then you area
terrorist. The only way that you can avoid being labelled a terrorist is to be a
good fellow and take it. Sandinistas of Nicaragua, when fighting for freedom
were the terrorists. Nicaraguan Contras that were funded by CIA and committed
horrendous atrocities were the freedom fighters. People that fought for a more
just society in
It seems that
as long one uses aircraft, Armoured Personnel Carriers, and Tanks to kill
civilians and destroy bridges and power stations, it is not terrorism. But if
one kills the same civilians with a home made bomb, it is terrorism. Even if one
kills civilians taking refuge in the UN compound it is not terrorism. Even if
one kills un-armed UN observers, it is not terrorism. Let us face the truth;
terrorism is what you want it to be. And the powers that coined the phrase
"fight on terror" intend to use it for all its worth. Now terrorism is an all
encompassing word covering everything from fighting occupation abroad to gang
related shootings and animal-right activism in the
in 2005, prosecutors in
"The six, members of a group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), are charged under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, amended in 2002 to include "animal enterprise terrorism," which outlaws disrupting firms like Huntingdon. If convicted, the group and its accused members face a maximum $250,000 fine and three years in prison."[]
In another case four teenagers were charged with terrorism when police discovered that the four had planned to kill their classmates.
"The boys, between the ages of 14 and 16, were arrested Wednesday after police heard about the alleged plot from administrators at the school, where three of the teens are students. Authorities did not release their names because of their ages.
The boys initially were charged only with low-level crimes and were not eligible to be moved to adult court. Authorities said the teens planned to target students, and teachers and others.
The terrorism charge and other charges added Thursday -- two counts each of conspiracy to attempt murder -- are serious enough that prosecutors could ask a judge to move the case from family court to adult criminal court, where the penalties could be much stiffer.
Prosecutors have 30 days to consider whether to request moving the case; no decision on that was made by Thursday afternoon." []
In yet another
case the Bronx District Attorney employed the anti-terror law in the trial of
appears to be the first in which the Anti-terrorism Statute has been used
against members of an organized gang who sought to dominate a neighbourhood
through their criminal acts," Johnson said. Although the law was intended to be
used against acts of political terror, Johnson said, "The terror perpetrated by
gangs, which all too often occurs on the streets of
incidents are all in the
(1) The term "international terrorism" means activities that?
(A) involve violent acts or
acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the
United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if
committed within the jurisdiction of the
(B) appear to be intended?
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the
territorial jurisdiction of the
Well, now that
we have established our definition of International Terrorism, we shall look at
"some" (and by no means all) of the
I think planning assassination, attempted assassination or actually assassinating a foreign official (regardless of how horrible we may think they are), because of their political views, would classify as international terrorism. Don you agree?
Blum in his book "
is a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination (or planning for
You must note here that all these activities are prior to 9/11 attack, and to be absolutely clear, (Please note that I am not saying that these actions by US in any shape or form justify terrorist attacks either in US or elsewhere.)
1949 Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader
1950s CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of more than 200 political
1950s Zhou Enali, Prime minister of
!950s, 1962 Sukrano, President of Indonasia
1951 Kim II Sung, Premier of
1953 Mohammad Mossadegh, Prime minister of
!950s Carlo M. Recto,
1955 Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime minister of
1957 Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of
Nordom Sihanouk, Leader of
1960 Brig. Gen. Abdul
Jose Figueres, President of
1961 Francoi "Papa Doc" Duvalier, leader of
1961 Patrice Lumumba, Prime minister of
1961 Gen. Rafael Truijillo, leader of
1963 Ngo Dinh Diem, President of
1960s Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, many attempts on his life
1960s Raul Castro, High official in government of
1965-6 Charles de Gaulle, President of France
1967 Che Guevera, Cuban Leader
1970 Salador Allende, President on
1970 General Rene Schneider, Chief of
General Omar Torrijos, leader of
1972 General Manuel Noriega, Chief of
1975 Mobuto Sese Seko, President of
1976 Michle Manley, Prime Minister of
1980-86 Moammar Qaddafi, leader of
1982 Ayatollah Khomaini, Leader of
1983 General Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander
1983 Miguel d'Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua
1984 The nine comandantes of Sandinista National Directorate
1985 Sheikh Mohammad Hussain Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite Leader
1991 Sadam Hussain, leader of
1998 Osama Bin-Laden, leading Islamic militant
1999 Slobadan Milosevic, President of
that we may consider as terrorism under US definition, is that of kidnapping and
torturing foreign nationals. Imagine that you are a
case of Mr. Khalid al-Masri, a German citizen who was kidnapped by CIA on the
Macedonian border in 2003 []. He was
These are just two cases that we know of. There have been over 1000 secret CIA flights within EU since 2001, transporting terror "suspects" for questioning overseas. Usually suspects are taken to countries where torture and illegal imprisonment are routine. How many have been kidnapped and imprisoned without being charged or even murdered is anybody's guess.
continue and list, page after page, of atrocities that have been committed and
is being committed under the banner of fight against Terror; but none is more
horrendous than falsely accusing and then invading a country on the pretex of
fighting terrorism. The fighting so far has destroyed
"In a video
taped message aired on al-Jazeera Saturday, one of the heads of the Iranian controlled al-Qaeda, Ayman
al-Zawahiri stated, "We announce to the Islamic nation the good news of the
unification of a great faction of the knights of the Jamaa Islamiya...with the
al-Qaeda group." The head of the Egyptian group is Muhammad al-Islambouli, the
younger brother of Khaled al-Islambouli, the assassin of
appeared in News Blaze. You can see how they now call Al Qaeda an Iranian
creation. This is a preposterous lie of gigantic proportion. But the people buy
it. The American people, even after the white house admitted that there was
"Did Saddam Hussein's government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?
Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq" [].
machine never stops. There are constant talks about
WE know that
We know a lot, but we don't have the voice to say: enough is enough. The people like Murdoch have stolen our voice. We can only shout in the streets, for newspapers and TVs are closed to us. But, we can still reach others through places like this internet site and say: WE have had enough of your propaganda and lies. WE do not want war of civilizations. We do not want a war of religions. WE do not want destroyed houses and bridges. WE do not want dead children and refugees. WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE.
About the author: Dr. Abbas
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