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Selling the war

June 3rd, 2007 . by Matt

The mainstream media has been complicit in lying to get us to support wars, whip up hysteria, cover-up the truth, and more.

Below is an interesting documentary called “Buying the War” that describes in detail how the public was sold the war in Iraq. Many major media figures are interviewed. Watch and be enlightened.


5 Responses to “Selling the war”

  1. comment number 1 by: Richardson

    Also try this (I didn’t write it, just keep it posted there);
    http://www.dprkstudies.org/documents/SpiesLiesWeapons.pdf

  2. comment number 2 by: MikeRossTky

    Currently there are battles going on in Iraq so that we don’t have to fight it where we live. If you doubt that read:

    http://www.wnbc.com/news/13431721/detail.html?dl=mainclick
    http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/06/fbi_feared_jfk_.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Bali_terrorist_bombing
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7_July_2005_London_bombings
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/31/world/main2871148.shtml?source=RSSattr=World_2871148
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070602/ap_on_re_mi_ea/palestinians_broadcasters_threatened_1
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6709673.stm

    and if you want to know how they recruit, why not look at this story http://www.nysun.com/pf.php?id=55653&v=1458780811 and video http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1468# ?

    Why are you worried about “How we were sold the story?” when WWIV has been raging since late 1980’S. AlQaida was founded in 1988. Hamas in 1987. Hezbolla changed its course to radical Islam in 1988. Even PLO changed…

    This all happened before 9/11 and Iraq. Maybe if Carter had prevented the arrival of current power to Iran…. But we now have to face the fact that war is necessary to solve this problem.

    Who stepped in during WWI?
    Who solved WWII?
    Who ended the cold war and WWIII?

    What government is funding the current “radical movement”? Who is about to supply the atom bomb? Who is trying to provide the delivery vehicle?

    Would you like to problem solved, or would you like your children to face Radical Islam?

    MikeRossTky

  3. comment number 3 by: Matt

    MikeRossTky, Al-Queda and other terrorist groups are an asymmetrical enemy that can strike on many fronts at once. Battles in Iraq do not prevent terrorist attacks in other countries.

    Israel is always going to have a problem with terrorism until it resolves its problems with the Palestinians, one way or another. Terrorism against the US has only really ramped up in recent times, especially after the US bases in Saudi Arabia were revealed during the first gulf war. The sanctions against Iraq that killed more than half a million Iraqi children delivered a powerful propaganda victory to terroristic elements, and assisted in the radicalizing and recruitment of the kind of suicide mission terrorists like those that carried out the 9/11 attacks.

    I am not sure what you mean by “radical movement”, but if you mean the extreme wahibist Islam that has been flourishing, then I will assume you mean the Saudi Arabian government, a US ally.

    I want the problem solved, but toppling a secular government and turning a country formerly devoid of terrorists into one that is now full of terrorists is not the way to go about it. Turning a country that had amazing levels of religious tolerance (by Middle Eastern standards) into a country where Christians are not allowed to worship freely and live in fear for their lives is not the way to go about it. Giving more grist for the mill for terrorist recruiters is not the way to go about it.

    Trying to identify the motivations of people that become terrorists is not the same as agreeing with their motivations. Understanding their motivations, then taking the appropriate actions in response, is just one tool in our toolkit to counter terrorism. Even a cursory look at my “war on terrorism” category will show that I am anything but soft on Islamic terrorism, to the point of being denounced as “racist” and “bigoted” (although such claims are par for the course these days).

    In any event, Iraq was never a front on the war on terror, even though President Bush insisted it was. What is further unforgivable is that President Bush essentially abandoned the war on terror to go after Iraq, and instead of using US troops to capture Osama Bin Laden in Torabora, used the Pakistani army as proxies, who either failed to capture him, or allowed him to make an escape.

    By the way, I never believed the rationale for the Iraq War. I always thought the WMD claims and terrorist link claims about Iraq were bogus (see shakuhachi), based on the evidence, but this was a time that people who were speaking out against the invasion of Iraq (meaning, speaking the truth) were being described as unpatriotic, naive, or worse, as terrorist supporters. The Iraq war was sold to the public on one hand through lying government officials, a complicit, and often war mongering media, and the firing of “unpatriotic” people (like Phil Donahue) who merely questioned the forced consensus. I expect that kind of thing to go on in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, not the USA.

    I do not want my children to grow up in an Islamic society, or “face Radical Islam”, but you are offering a false dilemma. “Support the war or your kids will face Radical Islam” does not allow the the existence of the many real choices that we can make concerning the war in Iraq, and in the war on terror. I think if the current (failed) policies of the Bush administration are followed, then the security situation is bound to worsen and them my children will most certainly have to face Radical Islam.

    Supporting the administration of President Bush is a huge mistake in my opinion. It is President Bush that is refusing to carry out the war on terror, especially in regards to the capture of the leadership of the terrorist group that is said to have organised the 9/11 attacks, instead pursuing Iraq, as I wrote about above. Instead of going after Osama Bin Laden the Bush Administration has attempted placate the American public by torturing some guy until he admitted that it was really him that organised the 9/11 attacks, along with almost every other attack or planned attack in recent years. Had the torturers in Guantanamo told him to confess to the assassination of President Lincoln, I am sure he would have said that too.

    I guess my point is that nothing good has come of this pack of lies. That is why I am worried about “How we were sold the story?”.

  4. comment number 4 by: T_K

    Just out of curiosity, have you read Gary Brecher’s column
    in eXile’s online edition (if the link fails, just reload a couple of times…)? Even though he’s a horrible man, his observations on asymmetrical warfare are very astute. As my country has nothing to do with Iraq, I observe the situation out of pure curiosity. America’s allies, however, have an obligation to educate themselves on the principles of CI warfare. IMO, of course.

  5. comment number 5 by: The Western Confucian

    Thanks for posting this.

    I remember reading about the documentary a while back: Our Captive Media- by Justin Raimondo.

    The idea that “pressure from advertisers” could sway media war coverage is frightening.