We read propaganda every day in America. We may not recognize it as such because we are so grossly ignorant about other countries and other societies. Our ignorance is the bliss of the big banks, mega-corporations and the Pentagon. They can count on the reliable American public to never fact-check an article published in one of the major media outlets – in fact, we seem to have been numbed (dumbed?) into believing it is somehow unAmerican to question the mouthpieces in the mainstream media. Take, for instance, this little article from the AP a few days ago.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — More than 1 million Libyan students returned to school Saturday to start the first year in which the whims, politics and wacky philosophies of Moammar Gadhafi will not drive the curriculum.
Gone are the days when history books lauded Gadhafi’s accomplishments while blasting “Fascist” Italy, the “Zionist” United States and the “devilish” West, Libyan officials said.
Revamping the curriculum was only one of the tasks the new Education Ministry faced in preparing for the first school year following the eight-month civil war that killed thousands and left parts of some of Libya’s biggest cities in ruins.
Education Minister Suleiman al-Sahli told reporters in Tripoli Saturday that many schools were damaged in the fighting and more than a dozen were completely destroyed. Elsewhere, crews had to clear land mines from school yards to make them safe for students, he said.
Gadhafi dominated the education system throughout his 42-year rule, which ended when armed rebels stormed into Tripoli in August. Gadhafi was killed in October during his capture by rebels.
The former leader’s prominence in teaching materials meant that they had to be thrown out, al-Sahli said… All political materials were taken from Gadhafi’s largely incomprehensible governmental guide, the “Green Book.”
The new materials will give students a more complete education…
But creating the new materials has been difficult.
Al-Sahli said Libya ordered 35 million new textbooks to be printed in neighboring Tunisia but had only distributed 1 million so far. Border closures and strikes by truck drivers and port workers hampered their transport to Libya, he said. In the meantime, students will receive printed worksheets….
Ah, you can assume (because the article says so, right there in print!) that all the schools in Libya were teaching “the whims, politics and wacky philosophies of Moammar Gadhafi”. How do you know what the schools were teaching? Well, you don’t. You have no idea what schools in Libya taught, nor do you know whether or not Ghaddafi’s ideas were wacky. Does the AP reporter know what was taught in Libya? Probably not. But he has been told to use the words “despot”, “strange” or “wacky” each time he refers to Ghaddafi.
The “first school year following the eight-month civil war that killed thousands and left parts of some of Libya’s biggest cities in ruins” – this is an outright fabrication. There was no civil war in Libya. Although, thanks to the valiant efforts of the US/NATO countries, there may yet be one. A few hundred CIA assets, some reported al Qaeda members, and some former ministers of Ghaddafi’s government who wanted to jump to the head of the line began an “uprising” and the UN imposed a no-fly zone, which NATO quickly turned into the decimation of the entire country. It was the NATO countries who killed thousands and left Libya’s cities in ruins. It was irrefutably NATO planes that bombed and destroyed schools, leaving land mines to be cleared up. (NATO also bombed tv stations, orphanages, hospitals, food depots and the water supply.) But like all good propagandists, the AP writer simply states the preposterous as fact and forges ahead, with the blithe assumption it will catch on.
“Gadhafi was killed in October during his capture by rebels….” Such is war, eh? Yet, the truth is that Ghaddafi had a bounty placed on his head (illegal) by the US, the “rebel” forces – the NTC – were named as the “legitimate and recognized government of Libya” (illegal) by the US, the rebels were led to Ghaddafi by NATO (they did not just happen upon him), and he was not “killed”. He was tortured and assassinated (illegal).
You have not read Ghaddafi’s “Green Book”; the AP writer knows this, has not read it himself, knows that you won’t go read it now, and so feels safe in calling it “largely incomprehensible”. I have read it. It is not “largely incomprehensible”, although some parts are tedious and some poorly written. It does call for nationalized oil profits and a central bank and outlines universal medical care and education for all Libyans; and all these policies were gradually put into place by Ghaddafi. The Great Manmade River plans are described in detail and actually worked once Libya built it.
But this is a fairly run of the mill piece of propaganda. Here is an example of really breath-taking, double-flip, tell a lie and then tell the truth without admitting you started the lie, bit of bullshit. It involves the NGO Amnesty International, much to my dismay. Until the destruction of Libya, I trusted these guys and thought of them as a “good” group.
The NGO Amnesty International France started false rumors about Ghaddafi using mercenaries in Libya against civilians. They and several other NGO groups took these rumors to the UN Human Rights Council, which used the “news” to authorize a no-fly zone and begin the NATO “humanitarian intervention”. The Amnesty France spokeswoman who presented the information to the UN was Genevieve Garrigos. After 5 months of Amnesty International doing an “investigation” into the mercenary story, the same spokeswoman talks about how the Libyan intervention was started by rumors. (She is shocked, of course.) The mainstream news media never reports that the original stories were just rumors, much less that they have proven to be unfounded. In an interview after the Amnesty “investigation”, Garrigos acknowledges that the rumors were untrue, but never acknowledges that she herself was the one who started these rumors.
And now we get to Iran and Syria. What lies will be used to attack and destroy these “enemies”? More importantly, why? How did all these countries turn into enemies? Leon Panetta, in his speech regarding the Pentagon “budget cuts” (the cuts being a decrease in the scheduled increase, if you can stand that bit of twisted euphemistic bullshit) said:
“Our strategy review concluded that the United States must have the capability to fight several conflicts at the same time. We are not confronting obviously the threats of the past. We are confronting the threats of the 21st century, and that demands greater flexibility to shift and deploy forces to be able to fight and defeat any enemy anywhere.
“How we defeat the enemy may very well vary across conflicts. But make no mistake, we will have the capability to confront and defeat more than one adversary at a time.”
More than one adversary at a time, any enemy anywhere, several conflicts at the same time….who are all these imagined enemies?
If you look at the list of past and potential enemies, you start to notice a couple of things. It seems our enemies are mostly made up of countries that defy the Goldman, Sachs/IMF model of taking over the globe economically and of countries that have oil. The two lists overlap, interestingly enough. It is “undemocratic” for a country to have nationalized banks or oil profits (i.e., we need to invade them, kill millions of their peoples, and destroy their country). One might almost think we invaded countries at the behest of Goldman, Sachs and Exxon.
Countries with state-owned central banks:
Iraq’s and Afghanistan’s central banks were state-owned before we invaded them. They are both now privatized.
Libya’s central bank was state-owned. The NATO countries simply announced they were going to privatize the oil and banking industries before they invaded. Now both the banking and oil sectors are privatized.
Iran’s central bank is state-owned. (Here we are going for the subtle tell the truth method of propaganda, in the hopes that Americans will think that this sort of thing is normal and acceptable. It is not. The sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank are economic warfare. “The latest round of American sanctions are aimed at shutting down Iran’s central bank, a senior US official said Thursday, spelling out that intention directly for the first time.” – http://tinyurl.com/74r96hu)
Syria’s central bank is state-owned.
Venezuela’s central bank is state-owned.
Now let’s look at oil resources. Here is the 2010 OPEC chart on oil reserves:
We count Saudi Arabia as great friends; lucky for them, or they’d be on the scheduled invasions list as well. Such great buddies that we have forgiven them for the 9/11 hijackers (most of whom apparently came from there) and will not allow that country to be named in any 9/11 survivor lawsuits. Iran, believe it or not, has been named as a responsible party by the latest lawsuit in their stead.
On a final note, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney claims that Obama has 12,000 troops in Malta, ready to send to Libya to assist the NTC. I do not know who her sources are (she never names exact sources), and have found no independent reports of this. However, if this proves to be true, what propaganda will come out of the White House to justify boots on the ground and a continuation of this particular illegal invasion?
“It is with great disappointment that I receive the news from foreign media publications and Libyan sources that our President now has 12,000 U.S. troops stationed in Malta and they are about to make their descent into Libya.”