The amount of time and resources put into deceiving us about world events is staggering-and effective! From “Remember the Maine!” to WMDs in Iraq to the downing of flight MH17-oh and let’s not forget the Incubator Babies and the gas attack in Ghouta, supposedly perpetrated by Assad.
All of these “incidents” were either staged or jumped on as war pretexts. All of these incidents involve industrial-scale lying by governments/news media. That’s the down side.
But on the upside-THINK: WHY must they lies to us? Why not just say, as the Vikings are reputed to have said, (paraphrase) “Let’s go kill people and take their stuff?”
Why? Because we would be outraged by such an immoral proposal and we are, believe it or not, very moral folks. If you doubt that, you are not on Twitter, which is a litany of hell-raising about moral outrages: He lied! He killed civilians! He defrauded old people! She is a hypocrite!
Now, obviously, any one of us could be wrong about who lied or killed civilians, etc and that is used against us by the powers-that-shouldn’t be. “Putin killed the passengers of MH17! Look, there is somebody’s Barbie doll in the wreckage! The bastard!” This justifies all sorts of economic and physical warfare against the heartless Putin. It’s (highly effective) emotional manipulation.
But what if he didn’t? And why would he? To bring the wrath of the world upon Russia? Seldom has propaganda been so virulent and pervasive. The geopolitical stakes must be very high.
And thus we are deceived. But what can one little person against the Misinformation Machine? Follow George Carlin’s first rule:
My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government tells me.