January 17, 2006
There is a debate raging in the US on the vitality, efficacy and morality of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
However, every debate is considered healthy but only to the extent allowed by the mechanisms which deliver it key information.
unfortunately, for all the technological advancements in
telecommunications and network systems in the US, much of the
information needed to engage in such debate is missing.
Or intentionally kept out of the public eye.
few days ago, Penn. Demoract John Murtha was swiftboated. For those who
have not been keeping a constant watch on US politics (which in the end
are really world politics) - swiftboating is a term applied by the
media in reference to Mass Senator John Kerry's comrades at arms on a
swift boat he rode in Vietnam who later came out and disputed his
They formed a group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
In effect, rather than call it a betrayal or a stab in the back, the term became swiftboating.
Something similar happened to John McCain when he ran against Bush.
Murtha, who has been commended for his military record in Vietnam, is
now being discredited online by a group who claims he did not earn his
commendations and several Purple Hearts he received.
Because Murtha went up against the established order "Iraq war is good.
Saying Iraq was is not good is both bad and unpatriotic."
is the general policy among the Völkischer Beobachter newspaper which
supports the military and foreign policy. The paper is run by the
Nationale Jungsturm, young supporters of the government and its foreign
Oh wait, I was writing about Nazi Germany
there and Hitler's support base. Sorry, sometimes I just can't tell the
difference with the GOP anymore.
Moving right along, I believe the commentators and the public should be privy to what is really happening in Iraq.
For example, this video shows how easy it has become for the Iraqi resistance to drop US helicopters from the skies.
Three such helicopters were downed in Iraq in less than a week.
are many such videos all over the Internet (I will not link to them
because they show US soldiers' body parts strewn about a road after an
IED attack on a Humvee and other such corporeal dismemberment).
call these propaganda, but then when CNN and MSNBC show US soldiers
detaining Iraqi families or footage of attacks on Iraqis - are these
too not propaganda?
Why is only one side being shown to the public?
his attack on Sparta and Athens in 480-81 BC, Xerxes mustered an army
some said was 3-million strong. But this army was held off by 300
Spartans and some 600 other allied soldiers at the pass of Thermoplyae.
After five days of holding off the Persian horde, the defenders were betrayed by a Greek and eventually killed off.
However, they managed to utterly destroy 20,000 of Xerxes crack troops.
had the bodies of the Spartans dismembered, their heads held on spikes
to show the rest of his army how well he had done. But he hid all
traces of the bodies of his crack troops because 1) it would show how a
little force held him at bay and 2) it would weaken the morale of his
troops to know the truth.
He cast the bodies of the 20,000 in mass graves, in the sea, and so on.
to the Iraq debate, can the US public really understand all facets of
this war unless they have information on all facets of this war?
have read in various publications and on various blogs that Aljazeera
for example, shows beheadings. I watch Aljazeera diligently (and don't
agree with much of the way they broadcast news) but I never seen an
Aljazeera broadcast of a beheading.
In fact, they have shown
footage of two different incidents - Nick Berg and the Korean man -
edited just before the beheading took place. No actual beheading was
ever shown on the Arab network.
Yet, to hear US commentators
speak, you would think Aljazeera showed beheadings almost daily. It
remains that Aljazeera has never shown such footage and has remarked
repeatedly that they would not show such images because of their
Did those US commentators actually see the footage aired? No and if they did, then they lied.
we hear how Aljazeera espouses hatred against Jews. How would US
commentators know that unless they watch Aljazeera 24/7 and understand
In fact, many leading Arab networks now enjoy a good
working relationship with the Israeli government. As soon as something
happens, you will see Sharon's spokesperson Ranaan Gissin on Arab TV.
Or members of the Israeli cabinet.
And US politicians appear
almost nightly on Arab TV and are given great lengths to speak. Is the
effort reciprocated on US networks? Look, Britney is pregnant again.
conclusion, the debate raging in the US is a shadow of what it could
really be and is underserved by US censorship. Not enough information
is made to the reader/viewer who mistakenly believes he/she is informed.
now, with the wiretapping scandal in the GOP, quick on the heels of the
DeLay scandal coinciding with the Abramoff scandal, and sugar-topping
the AIPAC investigation, America may finally be waking up.
don't like to be fooled. When they give trust to something or someone,
it is sancrosanct. To have that trust betrayed is not so small a
One of the guiding principles of modernism is the
ability to debate, to question, to cast doubt, this is precisely why
the Age of Enlightenment came about.
Martin Luther questioned the Roman Catholic Church as did Galileo. The Colonists questioned the tyranny of King George.
Continue questioning then. Ask the difficult questions. Critiquing today's King George is not a crime nor is it unpatriotic.
The intellectual revolution ... has it begun?
shudder to ... yes, it has. They - the pro-war, pro-death, pro-racism
cabal are on the run. Even O'Reilly is getting his feathers ruffled:
want a piece of me?" O’Reilly said Monday. "Would you like to sit on
this set right here and let me have it? Of course you would. Well, now
that can happen." And it isn't even Thanksgiving!