We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The ongoing media propaganda war against Syria
This article serves another purpose than the one indicated in the title: describing the extensive use of deceptive propaganda to engineer public approval for Empire policies in Syria. It also provides a good review for those who have not been following events in Syria during the past several years for various reasons.
I thoroughly agree with the author that the events in Syria have seen a rather dramatic escalation in the use of deceptive propaganda that media corporations have been using to justify the Empire's and their Mideast medieval allies' involvement in the overthrow of the Syrian government. During my preceding 60 years of watching corporate reports, I have never seen the extent of outright fabrications used in corporate media which support the many deceptions created by the Empire and its allies as we see today. As the US-led Empire and Russia edge ever closer to war (see also this), the American public seem unaware or unconcerned of where this could be heading. Also this growing conflict is not discussed in the so-called debates between major candidates in the run-up to the elections.