rhetoric continues to ring its familiar tune as yet another scene of mayhem and
bloodshed unfolds in the
The timing of the
event that supposedly triggered the current hostilities between
to a Wayne Madsen
In an article in www.antiwar.com by Justin Raimondo,
the Line”, written on July 14, right
after the Israeli forces began their relentless onslaught into
But this kind of information is certainly not for public consumption. What the public is more willing to accept is exactly the kind of news and commentary that is currently pouring out of the media floodgates, whether it be the neoconservative Fox network, or the so-called middle-of-the-road and liberal CNN, HNN, MSNBC or CBS. After all, how could journalism be an objective endeavor in an atmosphere where the ratings and the bottom-line determine what reaches the consuming public?
Publications such as The Nation or TV programs like Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now are surviving on the fringes of society, focused primarily on a narrow segment of the population that demands more than the pre-processed diet force-fed to the general public.
Our politicians, Democrat or Republican, at least those who are hoping to stay in office, must also cater to the prevailing mythology. The public perception of world affairs is the product of more than five decades of well orchestrated, persistent and unquestioned indoctrination. Any attempt to challenge the conventional wisdom is brushed off as the conspiracy theorists’ paranoia. As is the case with “objective” journalism, the average politician’s primary objective boils down to that same bottom line; procuring the job and protecting that career. Informing the public or serving the best interests of the nation thus becomes secondary to the primary goals.
Under these circumstances, and for as long as the nation can live off of its accumulated comforts and survive, the disconnection between the public’s perceptions and the realities on the ground can be ignored as inconsequential. The public remains under a constant barrage of carefully chosen bits of misinformation or myths parading as “facts” that are intended to serve various purposes; some benign, others subtle and some quite specific. Given enough time and repeated often enough, even myths or lies that are simply too fantastic to be accepted as facts gradually take the shape of strange or unusual truths before ultimately becoming part and parcel of the established historical narratives.
of the creation of the state of Israel and the subsequent defensive battles this
tiny island of democracy and civilized values was forced to fight against the
stormy ocean of hostile Islamic nations around it is a perfect example of such
cunningly orchestrated propaganda that the American public has bought into. The
rest of the planet knows that the wars of 1967 and 1973 were initiated
preemptively and successfully by
Now, try to convince the average American of this little bit of food for thought, and you’ll be looked at as some kind of an anti-Semitic terrorist! The current eruption of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah guerillas did not start because the Hezbollah militants developed an irresistible urge to cross the well-defended Israeli border, attack the powerful Israeli forces, kill a few and capture a couple of soldiers. Who’re we kidding, really?
really no different from what any home owner would do against pest infestation.
When you call your neighborhood pest-control service, you don’t ask the crew to
go easy on those parasites or to use humane methods to eradicate the termites;
do you? Is it
We saw our
illustrious Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, express our official position
during a news conference in Rome that a ceasefire now would be premature, and
Israel wouldn’t accept that, at least not until a “sustainable” secession of
terrorism by Hezbollah could be established. What that implies is that the
pest-control tent should be spread over the entire state of
with realities that Hezbollah, Lebanon’s major political party, represents some
40% of the population of that nation, and is the only Arab or Islamic force that
has ever been able to withstand the mighty Israeli armies to liberate that
country from an eighteen year occupation of their homeland from enemy
occupation? We seem to flag the Security Council Resolution 1559 that required
Hezbollah to put down their arms after the Israeli withdrawal. But we somehow
choose to forget how many resolutions
ironic, yet not too surprising, that the California Rep. Darrell Issa, who is of
Christian Lebanese extraction, said in a speech that Hezbollah is a “cancer on
the side of
love for his parental homeland,
Now that the
“pest” has been identified and is in the process of extermination, we are
prodded incessantly to deal with the main source of the problem. The termite
queen that can easily regenerate millions more termites if not stopped is
Well, sometimes an overzealous attempt at pest control might destroy more than just the pests. And sometimes, an overanxious, paranoid enthusiast might burn down the house or an entire block in trying to do a real thorough job of dealing with parasites.
As far as
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